You can now share your hotel room with your iPhone or Apple Watch

You can now share your hotel room with your iPhone or Apple Watch

Tech Highlights:

  • You may now save your keycard on your iPhone or Apple Watch at six Hyatt locations. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa, Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market, Hyatt House Dallas/Richardson, Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley, and Hyatt Regency Long Beach all provide this.

  • The ability to digitally keep hotel keycards on your iPhone was one of the improvements anticipated for iOS 15 and watchOS 8, and while it was late in arriving, it’s now available – but only in a few locales.

In all cases, you may add the keycard to Apple Wallet at any time after making a reservation, but the digital keycard will not be active until you check in at the front desk.

So it sounds like a useful feature, and while it’s not usefully widespread yet, that should soon change, with Hyatt reportedly planning to bring this feature to all of its locations globally, and other hotel chains likely to jump on board before long too.

If you change rooms or extend your visit then your digital keycard can also be updated without you needing to go to the front desk, and if your device enters Power Reserve mode (because the battery is nearly dead) then you should still be able to make use of the digital keycard for up to five hours.

Apple has more planned for its Wallet app than just hotel keycards, as the company is also planning to allow users to add their driver’s license and state ID to the app. Users would then be able to show digital documents at TSA security checkpoints in US airports, and eventually also at retailers and venues.

This feature isn’t available yet, but Apple is currently targeting early 2022 for a US launch, and we’d expect it would go global sooner or later.

So the days of having to carry physical keys or identity documents could be numbered. Now we just need a similar feature on Android.

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