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Personal device entertainment

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Watch popular movies and
TV shows on your own
device with our personal device
entertainment service,
available on select aircraft.
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Personal device entertainment, one of our United Private Screening options, is available on select aircraft. This free service gives you access to a library of movies and TV shows that you can watch on your personal laptop, Apple iOS device or Android device.

To determine if your upcoming flight offers personal device entertainment, check the Inflight Amenities tab in the Flight Status information within 24 hours of your flight departure.

Our inflight entertainment content brings you the best in music, movies and TV. Learn more about our exclusive inflight entertainment partnerships.

Learn about other United Private Screening entertainment options

Can your screen be seen?
Please be mindful of those around you when watching content on your personal device or a seatback screen. Whether watching our programming or your own, please try to make sure that any children seated near you aren't able to see scenes with violence or adult themes.

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Before your flight

  1. Download

    Download the latest United app on your Apple or Android mobile device. Laptop user instructions are below.

  2. Charge

    Fully charge your device prior to boarding.

  3. Bring headphones

    Pack your headphones to enjoy hours of entertainment.

Download on the App Store  Get it on Google play  Available at Amazon

Power outlets are available on select aircraft only, but United is continuing to add power outlets to aircraft with personal device entertainment.

  • Supported and Unsupported Devices

    For best results, you can access personal device entertainment using one of the following devices or browsers (Due to a change made by Google and Mozilla, support for Chrome and Firefox 52 or above are temporarily unavailable. Please use one of our other supported browsers). Laptop users may be prompted to download and install a plug-in. To download the third-party plug-in, you'll also need "administrator access" to your laptop.

    Device Supported operating system Supported browsers Unsupported operating system Unsupported browsers Additional requirements
    Apple – iPhone, iPad®, iPod® iOS 8.0 and above Safari® 8 and above Not available Not available Latest version of United app
    Android – mobile devices and tablets Android 4.4 and 5.0 + Firefox® 51 or below Android 6.0+ (supported on all aircraft except 737s; support planned in early 2017) Latest version of United app
    MacBook® OS X 10.10 and above Safari 8 and above

    Firefox 51 or below

    Not available Chrome™

    Firefox 52 +

    Safari 10 (macOS 10.12 + only on 737s)

    Latest version of Flash® Player Plug-in (available in flight Footnote 1)
    Windows Laptop Windows 7, 8, and 10 Internet Explorer

    Firefox 51 or below

    Not available ChromeTM

    MS Edge

    Firefox 52 +

    Latest version of Flash Player Plug-in (available in flight Footnote 1)
    Kindle Kindle Fire 7 and above Not available Not available Not available Latest version of United app

    1Administrator rights are needed to download and install the plug-in.

    Please note that Windows and Blackberry mobile devices are currently unsupported. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • How to access personal device entertainment

    The basic steps below apply to most personal laptops, Apple devices and Android devices.

    1. Make sure that your wireless device is in airplane mode.
    2. View available wireless networks and select "United_Wi-Fi."
      • Please note that you do not need to purchase our Wi-Fi service in order to access personal device entertainment.
    3. Open the United app on your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet and expand the side menu. Scroll to the Entertainment section and select "Wi-Fi & entertainment."
      • You can also launch your Internet browser, type "www.unitedwifi.com" in the browser's address bar and select the "Entertainment" tab.

    If you're trying to access our personal device entertainment service, review our visual guide to determine what to do next.

    Go to Visual Guide
  • Personal device entertainment installation progress

    • * Select 737 and 757 aircraft offer DIRECTV® only
    • ** Excludes aircraft retirements

    (Last updated May 10, 2017)