Sharing Passbook Passes

While Passbook passes are usually pretty straightforward to install and use on your own device, sometimes it’s helpful to be able to easily share certain passes with friends and family members. You might want to share a loyalty card or Starbucks card with your spouse, for example. The good news is that a new feature in iOS 8.1 makes this even easier by adding AirDrop support, so you can basically now “beam” passes between multiple iPhones in proximity to each other.

Sharing Passbook Passes

To do this, simply open up Passbook, select the pass you want to share, and tap the Share button that appears in the bottom-left corner. A standard iOS sharing sheet will appear, with options for sending the pass out via Messages or Mail, and any AirDrop compatible devices listening nearby should also appear at the top. Notably, this not only includes iPhones, but also newer Macs.

Sharing Passbook Passes

Sharing a Passbook pass to a Mac will deposit it right into the OS X Downloads folder as a .pkpass file. Double-clicking on that file brings up a quick view of the pass, with options to add it to your Passbook if it’s not already there.

Sharing Passbook Passes

While you can’t do much else with passes directly on your Mac, the “Add to Passbook” option will transfer the pass to any iPhones that are synced with the same iCloud account. This works if you receive passes via email, or download them from web sites.

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