Passbook part 1 - where is it?

Here's part one of our rough guide to using Passbook on your iPhone. We'll cover Android later so that no-one feels left out. (BlackBerry and Windows Mobile - really? Do you need to ask?)

Although Passbook has been around for a couple of years now, if you're anything like me it's one of those apps you shove into a folder (usually named 'Stuff' or 'Apple') and forget about. Everyone with an iPhone has one of these folders - it's where you put the apps you can't delete but hardly ever use such as Stocks, Reminders, Podcasts, Tips, Compass etc...

It's time to rescue Passbook from that folder and promote it to the first page on your phone because it's about to get a lot more useful.

First of all you need to find the app. The icon looks like this:

Passbook Icon

If you really can't find it (seriously, how many apps have you got installed?!) then simply pull down the search box from the middle of the screen and type passbook into it.

Assuming you haven't used Passbook before you'll be greeted by this when it launches:

Passbook default screen

You'll notice that at the end of the text it says "...or add them from apps, emails and websites". This is the part we're interested in.

When you buy a barcoded* ticket from our website you receive an email containing a link to download your ticket. This link will soon be accompanied by another link labelled 'Add to Passbook' (we'll use the Passbook icon so you recognise it). When you tap on this link your phone will switch to the Passbook app and add your ticket by the power of pure magic.

Part 2 is coming soon, in which we'll show you what to do next, now you've actually got the ticket into Passbook.

* We say barcoded ticket but what you'll get is actually a QR code. Technically this is a type of barcode, but we appreciate there is sometimes some confusion over it.