Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has officially launched the mAadhaar mobile app that enables users to carry an electronic version of their Aadhaar card on their smartphones. The free app is currently available only for Android users, with a wider rollout is in the pipeline. Also Read - Lost your Aadhaar card? Here's how to download Aadhaar card onlineAlso Read - How to change address in Aadhaar card online without address proof
The mAadhaar app by UIDAI is available for download on Google Play Store, and is compatible with smartphones running on Android 4.4 and above. The idea behind developing the app is to free users from the need to carry a physical copy of their Aadhaar card, which is fast becoming a mandate for banking, and tax filing, among others. Here’s how the mAadhaar works. Also Read - How to apply for Aadhaar card for your newborn
Once you install the mAadhaar app, you will be required to first set a password before importing your Aadhaar profile on the particular device. Once you set the password, you can either scan the QR Code on your physical Aadhaar card, or manually enter your 12-digit number to create the profile. Once you enter your details, an OTP will be sent to your linked mobile number. Upon verification, your profile will be made on the app. We tried setting yo a profile, however, owing to some issue with the app, we were not able to go further than the OTP page. ALSO READ: How to link your Aadhaar card with PAN card using SMS or e-Filing portal
The mAadhaar app comes with biometric locking feature. This feature allows a user to lock their biometrics data to thwart the misuse. Once the Biometric Locking system is enabled, the data will remain locked till the Aadhaar holder chooses to keep it locked. One can also disable the system from settings.
Users will also be able to get the updated view of their profile following an approval from the UIDAI. The app’s description notes that users will be able to share the QR code and password-protected eKYC data to retrieve accurate demographic information instead manually entering the details. For Aadhaar services, the app can generate T-OTP or Time-based One Time Password, which is considered more secure than traditional SMS-based password. RELATED: Aadhaar-based OS for Android smartphones: Indus OS and Delta ID could change the digital landscape in India
It is worth mentioning that the app requires a users’ mobile number to be linked to the Aadhaar Card. In case it is not registered, the profile will not be made. The app is also still in beta, and some of the features of the app will not be available immediately.