The best mobile flight tracker apps

Whether you’re a frequent flyer or an aviation enthusiast, a mobile flight tracker app for iPhone or Android will keep you up-to-date on your next flight.

Stay ahead of the game with these flight tracker apps for iOS and Android. Image credit: Artur Grom/Adobe Stock
Stay ahead of the game with these flight tracker apps for iOS and Android. Image credit: Artur Grom/Adobe Stock

We’ve taken the guesswork out of picking the best flight tracker app for your iPhone or Android. Read on to discover some amazing ways these apps keep tabs on aircraft, using smart technology and elegant in-design features.

FlightAware Flight Tracker (iOS, Android)

This flight tracking app allows you to check the flight status of any aircraft by its registration, route, airline, flight number, or airport code.

The app uses NEXRAD radar overlay to enhance its flight tracker map and push notifications to keep you up-to-date.  

Do you have a loved one, friend, or colleague picking you up from the other end of your flight? Why not create a fight alert and send it to them so they can also keep updated on where you’re at.

The app is limited to the U.S. and Canada.

Rated 4.0 out of 39,000 ratings on Google Play and 4.9 out of nine ratings on Apple Store.

Flightview – Flight Tracker (iOS)

Tracking real-time status updates has never been easier, with push notifications sent from the Flightview – Flight Tracker app each time there is a change in status of your flight.

This flight tracking app features weather information at both the arrival and departure airports of your flight as well as information relating to your aircraft’s previous routes, up to two previous days, for insight into its on-time performance.

If you want, you can forward your itinerary confirmation emails over to the app and Flightview will add the information into your app.

You can also include additional information relating to your travels into the apps, from car rental information to hotel reservation numbers.

To stay truly connected, the app is also capable of linking to your iPhone Calendar and gives you the option to share your flight status via SMS.

Rated 4.4 out of 1,100 ratings on Apple Store

FlightStats (iOS, Android)

This flight tracking app has an extremely professional feel, with the ability to check your flight status, timeline, and watch its path via a built-in map.

The app also provides information relating to any delays in either flight departure or arrival times, as well as gate information and weather conditions, including a seven-day forecast.

Rated 4.1 on 22,500 ratings on Google Play and rated 4.8 out of 17,000 ratings on Apple Store

Keep an eye on your flight's departure and arrival times via these flight tracker apps. Image credit: forkART Photography/Adobe Stock
Keep an eye on your flight’s departure and arrival times via these flight tracker apps. Image credit: forkART Photography/Adobe Stock

ADSB Flight Tracker (Android)

This flight tracking app is definitely for the aviation enthusiast wanting to track and view planes flying into local and global areas.

The app has Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)receiver functionality, which is capable of picking up aircraft broadcasting their positions. According to the app website, you need to install additional hardware to receive live plane data from the skies.

It is understood the app uses a radar style similar to the radar screens Heathrow air traffic controllers use in the real world.

Rated 4.2 out of 1199 ratings on Google Play

Plane Finder – Flight Tracker

This very simple, user-friendly app lets you search for flights and aircraft using 23 different markers, and displays airline logos next to planes for easy identification.

You can simply tap on a plane to see flight information, including photographs, and add bookmarks and filters to the app for easy use next time you’re in the app.

Plane Finder – Flight Tracker also uses ADS-B signals, to provide accurate flight information.

The app also harnesses augmented reality to help you identify planes overhead using your phone’s camera, according to the app’s website.

Rated 4.7 out of 10,300 ratings on Apple Store and rated 4.4 out of 14,800 ratings on Google Play

Planes Live – Flight Tracker (iOS)

This flight tracker app boasts a clean interface and tracks not only planes, but also helicopters. Use this app to check the status of your flight, aircraft characteristics, and see pictures of the flight route and schedule.

Why not apply some filters to track specific airplane models and companies across the majority of the globe?

The app offers close to 100 percent coverage of transmitter-enabled airplanes, with data delivered with a delay of up to five minutes.

Rated 4.6 out of 30,900 ratings on Apple Store

App in the Air (Android) free version

Touted as your own “personal flying assistant”, App in the Air goes beyond flight tracker options to deliver airport tips and airport maps.

The app also imports your flight history to track your loyalty programs/frequent flyer miles. Possibly the best feature of this app is its ability to work offline and provide gate change and flight status updates via SMS, without the need for data roaming.

You can also check-in automatically via the app, with more than 1000 airlines featured across all major US airports.

There is also a feature that provides advice from other travelers so you can stay well-informed.

Rated 4.3 out of 3600 ratings on Google Play and rated 4.6 out of 3200 ratings on Apple Store

Flight Board (Android)

This simple flight boarding app provides information for departures and arrivals, including which terminal you will board and disembark from.

As a passenger, the app also gives you access the check the baggage claim area at your destination airport.

The app features information from 1000 major airports worldwide.

Rated 4.2 out of 2600 ratings on Google Play

Flight Board (iOS)

This app, created by Impala Studios, covers more than 16,000 airports and 1400 airlines globally.

The app updates every minute and provides an extremely realistic design of the traditional flight board found across most airports.

Rated 4.7 out of 7700 ratings on Apple Store

One of the many benefits in using a airport transfer service with Blacklane is that our chauffeurs use a flight tracking app to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience with us.