United Airlines Adds Live Activities and Dynamic Island Support for Flight Tracking

United this week announced that it has updated its iPhone app to add support for Live Activities and the Dynamic Island, allowing United passengers quicker access to flight tracking information.

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With Live Activities integration, customers have access to their boarding passes, gate, and seat number, as well as a countdown clock to their departure time. The information is visible on the Lock Screen even when the ‌iPhone‌ is locked and the United app is closed, and on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, it can also be viewed in the ‌Dynamic Island‌.

According to United, it is the first U.S. airline to implement support for Live Activities, and the feature was added as United customers check their mobile boarding pass and flight status nearly 800,000 times each day.

When it's time to board the plane, the Live Activities widget can be tapped to open up the boarding pass, and during the flight, there's an in-flight countdown. The United Live Activities integration also offers access to flight number, flight status, inbound aircraft status, estimated departure and arrival times, departure and arrival gates, and baggage carousel information.

United said that Live Activities would be widely available to all United customers by the end of May, but there are already many users who have reported being able to access the feature. Requirements include an up-to-date United app and an ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 16.1 or later.

(Thanks, Adam!)

Top Rated Comments

fjfjfjfj Avatar
5 days ago at 01:21 pm
It’s pretty well done. I was flying today and it popped up. It had my seat number in the dynamic island as I was boarding so I didn’t have to open the app again to remind me of my seat number and during the flight it had the time remaining on the flight counting down. It was pretty slick.
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MisterSavage Avatar
5 days ago at 01:28 pm
Love it. More apps supporting this please.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
5 days ago at 02:01 pm

Just use Flighty.. does all that and more
I love that app!

good idea.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
5 days ago at 12:52 pm
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maxrest Avatar
5 days ago at 01:02 pm
Love this! Glad more apps are finally starting to utilize the dynamic island. It has so much potential
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Böhme417 Avatar
5 days ago at 02:06 pm

Just use Flighty.. does all that and more
I do like Flighty, but a native airline app could be better for live activities. The live activities in Flighty are often not accurate. I'm not sure where it gets its data. The flight time seems like just an estimate and not the actual time supplied by the airline. It also needs to show the baggage carousel number when you land. Often the gate is slow to shop up. It's tedious having to enter a lot of the info yourself that would already be known in an airline app.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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