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I Travel a Lot, and This Hidden iPhone Feature Is a Game Changer for Simplifying Flight Tracking

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For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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Traveling might be a blast, but keeping track of flight information can be anything but that.

This is especially tough when connecting flights are involved, activities are booked, or family or friends are traveling to visit or meet us, and we need to know the time of their arrival.

There are several solutions to this, like using the airline app or flight tracker apps, but most aren’t either intuitive or robust.

But if you are an iPhone user, you may have heard that you can use the Messages app to track flights.

If you are interested in learning how to track a flight in your iPhone Messages app, we will walk you through the process step-by-step and provide some useful tips along the way. 

How to Use the Built-in Flight Tracker on Your iPhone

Whether it’s your trip or someone else’s, you will need the flight information to use the Messages app to track flights.

For that, you will need to pull up the itinerary for the trip. If it is someone else’s trip, ask them to send you a message with their itinerary before proceeding.

Here’s how it works.

Send a new text message to yourself with the airline’s short code (e.g., AC for Air Canada) followed by your flight number (e.g., 8664). So, for Air Canada Airlines Flight 8664, text AC8664 without space (one word).

Messages flight tracking number

Once you have received the itinerary, your iPhone will automatically turn it into a link. Tap the flight number and then choose “Preview Flight” from the pop-up menu.

Preview flight on iMessages

A screen with all the pertinent flight information will be displayed, allowing you to see all of the necessary details.

Flight information on iMessage

This information will include the flights’ departure and arrival times, the airline servicing the flight, and the flight number, along with details about any connecting flights or layovers. 

Receive and Share Updated Flight Information

After you access your travel details from the itinerary, your iPhone will automatically monitor your flight information.

You’ll receive real-time updates, including important reminders, changes, or additions about your flight, such as gate numbers, delays, ETAs, and cancellations.

If you have people waiting for your arrival or waiting on someone else’s, you can share the flight information through the app, too.

You can do this by tapping the Share icon on the flight information screen and selecting a person or a group with whom you’d like to share it.

This way, everyone involved in the travel plans can be informed of the same updates and potential changes to the trip’s itinerary. 

Wrap Up

The Flight tracking feature within Messages simplifies your travel experience by eliminating the need to switch apps and constantly refresh websites.

With just a text message containing your flight information, you can access real-time maps, terminal details, and baggage claim numbers instantly.

You never have to worry about anyone knowing where your flight is, when you are arriving, or when to leave your home to pick up family or friends.

This is yet another way that Apple’s iPhone helps reduce needless complexity in your life.

If you have any questions regarding this feature, please leave a comment below.

Writer, Smart Home

For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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