Plane Finder tracks planes in real time around the world. Watch live moving planes on a worldwide map or use the camera AR view to ID planes above you. You can even play back past flights – all the way back to 2011.

The Plane Finder app launched in 2009 and was the first live flight tracking app - today there are millions of happy users all over the world. Plane Finder has been top rated and top ranking since 2009 and covers most of the world, tracking 12,000+ planes simultaneously.

Search by flight number, place name, airport, airline and aircraft or browse the map. (You can choose Apple or Google maps too!).

Simply tap a plane to see detailed flight and aircraft information including photographs or tap an airport to see live arrivals and departures boards.

Use Augmented Reality (AR) view to identify planes overhead using your device camera.

23 different plane markers are included and airline logos are displayed next to planes for easy identification.

Custom alerts are unlimited and free to use, so you can take a break from watching the air traffic and let the app notify you when a plane is in the air or nearby.

Powerful and unlimited custom filters are also free to use. You can create, save and name as many filters as you need for quick access to the planes you are interested in.

Add and browse bookmarks to saved locations around the globe to quickly navigate to areas or airports of interest. Handoff is supported too!

If you prefer a list view of planes to the map view, use the sortable List View. You can also rearrange the table columns for ease of use.

Watch your previous flights - all the way back to April 2011! Use playback to replay holiday flights, diversions, major incidents etc. You can also easily see the effects of storms, ATC strikes, volcanic ash clouds and more. Or just relax and use playback to view the flow of air traffic through the day.

FAA US and NATS UK aviation charts are available as an in app purchase as a visual alternative to standard maps.

Plane Finder has been featured by Gizmodo, CNN, GMA, BBC, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, CNET, Wired, GQ Magazine and many more. We have millions of happy users and Plane Finder is regularly updated with innovative new features. Our support team always listen to and reply to feedback.

At a glance our worldwide realtime coverage includes:

• Europe >95%
• North America >95%
• Rest of World – Excellent coverage in Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Brazil, China, Japan, Taiwan, Dubai, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Mauritius, Singapore, Hong Kong and many more countries

Important Note:
Plane Finder works by picking up real time ADS-B and MLAT signals used by aircraft to transmit positional data to land based receivers. This technology is faster than traditional radar and is used for air traffic control and navigation. ADS-B is not used by all airlines or aircraft, however this is changing and the number of aircraft tracked by ADS-B is increasing all of the time. Traditional radar type data in real time is also included for North America.

Disclaimer: The use of the information presented using Plane Finder is strictly limited to pursuing enthusiast activities (i.e. for entertainment purposes), which specifically exclude any activities that might endanger yourself or the lives of others.
Under no circumstances will the developer of this application be held responsible for incidents resulting from the use of the data or its interpretation or its use contrary to this agreement.

What's New

Version 11.1.2

Bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25.2K Ratings
25.2K Ratings

Not as good as the earlier version


I love plane finder. I sit in the garden first thing with my tea and track the planes flying across us. The Stansted flight paths are routed round us or over us, and exotics from America bound for Amsterdam cross over us, too. I think about the lives of the passengers, their expectations, why they are travelling. I love the big, mysterious cargo planes, and the jerky, wandering flight paths of those little planes going into Cit of London.

But the latest version irritates me. I can no longer track a plane without having the box with all its information blocking half the screen. Much of the pleasure was following them quietly along. And that box is soooo big! So intrusive! And it no longer gives me the altitude changes in graph form. And the planes have those unnecessary cutesy shadows....

So I sit and grumble. The older version would have got 4 or 5 stars. This version gets 3. But I wouldn’t be without it.

Was Excellent... Now ads?


EDIT: Since the launch of the new 3D app I can’t open this app without having to waste time dismissing an ad for the new app, despite the fact that I’ve paid for this app and as part of the package of paying I was told there would be no ads. I understand the need to promote new apps, but every time I launch into this one is a bit much!


This app is one of the best ones! It sometimes screws up when you watch the airport but further out from it, this app is great. But when will we see iPad compatibility? I have to run it on my iPad in compatibility mode and I'm not a big fan of this!

Developer Response

Please can you email I think something has gone a bit wrong with your installation and we would like to help you fix it. Also Plane Finder is a universal app which means it runs on your iPad too. I think you may need to delete and re-install your iPad version. Apple will recognise your previous purchase and you won't be charged again.

Helping me with my Fear of Flying!


I stumbled across this app whilst looking for a decent fear of flying app (I didn’t find one btw), so I thought I’d check it out, out of curiosity. Oh my word! I am a plane geek now! ( so my hubby says😆). Basically, this app has shown me HOW MANY PLANES there are up there at any one time, which I never thought of before, where they are going, how fast and so on. I would’ve never thought it, but this is helping me with my anxiety and irrational fear of flying because it’s giving me knowledge. It’s also so weirdly addictive and fascinating!! Honestly I love it! And I defy you not to too! You need to get this app!


pinkfroot limited
59.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple TV.
English, Arabic, Armenian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. NATS VFR Chart - Southern England & Wales - 1 Year Subscription £13.99
  2. NATS VFR Chart - Southern England & Wales - 90 Day Subscription £6.99
  3. NATS VFR Chart - Northern England & Wales - 90 Day Subscription £6.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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