The Government of India has asked to link Aadhaar with most of the services earlier. Now the Unique Identification Authority of India has launched an app for Android users. The app is called mAadhaar, this app can make the process very easy. The mAadhaar app is available only for Android phone users and can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
The main aim of creating this app is that people can carry their aadhaar card at any time and can produce it whenever required. The app can be installed on any Android phone running on Android 5.0 and up and a registered mobile number is mandatory requirement to sign-up.
UIDAI has also mentioned in a disclaimer saying that “the app is currently in beta mode which means that users may encounter bugs and issues. Some of the services will only be applicable after subsequent updates.”
How does the mAadhaar app work?
- Before installing the mAadhaar app the users should have to make sure that they install the app in the same phone where the mobile number in Aadhaar card matches with it.
- In the android phone visit the Google Play store and search for “mAadhaar” app. Download Here
- Once the aadhar app is installed on the smart phone, Candidates should still verify the phone number, your Aadhaar card profile, address and other details are stored on the app.
- The app should verify your phone number which is entered at the time of submitting the Aadhaar form.
- An OTP is sent to the same phone number that is mentioned in the mobile.
- The app after verification will ask you to set the password.
- After verifying the account is synced with the Aadhaar card data basing on the verification code read by the app.
What if You have changed the number after You made Aadhaar card?
The user cannot complete the verification process in case if he changed the phone number or lost the number. Only to the phone number mentioned on the Aadhaar card will receive the verification code. If verification code is not entered candidates cannot install the app.
Benefits of mAadhaar App:
mAadhaar is official mobile application developed by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to provide an interface to Aadhaar Number Holders to carry their demographic information viz. Name, Date of Birth, Gender & Address along with photograph as linked with their Aadhaar Number in smart phones.
Aadhaar Number Holder profile download – A convenient way to carry Aadhaar number with demographic details anytime, anywhere.
Biometric locking/unlocking – To secure biometric authentication by locking biometrics data. Once resident enables Biometric Locking system their biometric remains locked till the Aadhaar Holder chose to either Unlock it (which is temporary) or Disable the Locking system.
TOTP generation – Time-based One-Time Password is an automatically generated temporary password which can be used instead of SMS based OTP.
Update of profile – An updated view of Aadhaar profile data after successful completion of update request.
Sharing of QR code and eKYC data by Aadhaar Number holder – Share QR code and password protected eKYC data to retrieve accurate demographic information from it instead of manual entry.
Note for Users:
Registered Mobile Number is essential to use mAadhaar app. In case your mobile number is not registered with Aadhaar visit the nearest Enrolment Centre/Mobile Update End Point.
How Safe is This App?
The idea is to make Aadhaar profile sharing simple, and do it from the smartphone itself. Where security features of the app are concerned, there is the added measure of entering your password every time you want to do any action on the app.
However, there is the risk if someone steals your mobile, then your Aadhaar data will be potentially at risk. You will have to make sure that the stolen mobile, SIM card is quickly blocked, so you can get another one. UIDAI has not really mentioned how it keeps the Aadhaar data secure on this app. For those who don’t find this appealing, the safer bet is to just keep your Aadhaar card on your person when needed for any transactions.
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