PlanePlotter mobile may be freely downloaded, but requires in-application purchase of a Serial Number before functioning.

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PlanePlotter mobile requires an Android device running Android 4+. Supported variants include:

If you are unsure of how to check your Android version, click here for instructions.

Although the remaining functionality will be available, SkyAR view requires:

  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Position and motion sensors

Older and more basic devices may struggle to provide a smooth experience when large numbers of planes are visible. Click here for performance tips to enhance your experience.

Download and Installation

To enable installation of PlanePlotter mobile:

  • Open Settings and navigate to Unknown sources option (under Applications or Security depending on your device)
  • Check the box and then select OK on the confirmation popup

The application may now be downloaded.

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Once downloaded:

  • Open your notifications and select PPm.apk
  • Select Install
  • Select Open

The application may now be accessed through your device's application menu, entitled PPm.


Upon launching PlanePlotter mobile for the first time, you will be presented with a licence agreement.

After reading and accepting the agreement, you will be prompted to purchase a Registration Number corresponding to your installation's Serial Number.

Once purchased, you will receive your Registration Number and Authentication Code via email.

On your Android device, the simpler way to complete registration is to click the hyperlink in your registration confirmation email. When prompted, select to open the link in PPm.

Alternatively, you may manually enter your Registration Number and Authentication Code into the relevant boxes and select Login.

PlanePlotter mobile should now display the Map View, centered on Heathrow Airport, London, UK.

Once you have PPm installed, please refer to Operation for usage information, particularly if you wish to employ your own BaseStation / FlightRoute databases.

App Permissions

PPm requires the following App Permissions:

  • Location
  • Camera
  • Storage
  • Settings
  • Phone State

PPm is sold on a per-device basis. To obtain a unique identifier for the handset, PPm requires READ_PHONE_STATE permission, which Android reports as "Permission to make phonecalls." PPm does not make or receive phonecalls, and only uses this permission to read the Android OS build serial.

To grant permissions:

  • Select Allow for any Permissions dialogs
  • Switch Allow modify system settings on, then press Back

Master Users

If sufficient aircraft messages are received by multiple users, PlanePlotter can determine the position of aircraft that are not transmitting position reports but are transmitting Mode-S messages – these include some military and private aircraft. The position of unknown aircraft may be determined by "multilateration", or Mlat. Only Master Users (MUs) of PlanePlotter can initiate Mlat requests. This is a premium feature, but a 21-day free trial is available.

Your MU licence covers both PlanePlotter and PlanePlotter mobile, but requires enabling by COAA – see below.

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Existing MU?

Are you an existing PlanePlotter Master User (MU)? If you registered your MU and PPm licences with the same email address, you will see Mlat aircraft within 30 minutes of starting PPm.
If not, simply email COAA with your:

  • Name
  • Existing PlanePlotter Registration info (under Settings→About)
  • ShareCode (also under Settings→About)
  • New PlanePlotter mobile Registration info (under About)
and Mlat aircraft will be enabled for your PP as quickly as possible.

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