Aadhaar is a unique 12-digit identity number issued to every Indian resident, which links to the UIDAI database containing biometric and demographic data. Using the Aadhaar information for verification and authentication is becoming almost mandatory these days, and for this UIDAI has come up with probably a better solution, the mAadhaar. Developed by (Unique Identification Authority of India) UIDAI, the app was launched today for android based mobile phones.
How To Set Up mAadhaar
First things first, your mobile number must be linked with your Aadhaar for using this app. Your mobile device must not have root permissions. You need to use the device with registered SIM inserted since the OTP for Aadhar profile verification is auto-filled by the app from SMS. In each step, make sure you allow permission to the app. Currently, the app is available only for android smartphones running Android 5.0 and above, and iOS users have to wait.
- Download mAadhaar from Play store.
- Create a password containing minimum 8 characters with at least 1 digit, 1 special and 1 cap.
- Now enter your Aadhaar number or scan QR code to proceed.
- You will receive the Aadhaar OTP for authentication, wait to auto-fill (you can’t enter it manually as of now).
- Click Verify to setup and import the profile.
The mAadhaar or Mobile Aadhaar app provides an interface to Aadhaar number holders to carry their demographic information viz. Name, Date of Birth, Gender and Address along with photograph as linked with their Aadhaar Number in smartphones. You can also lock your biometric data, generate T-OTP(time-based OTP), share your profile via QR code and e-KYC information as zip file with this app. Certain features are also accessible offline.
Features of mAadhaar
- Your Aadhaar profile on your mobile
- Lock your biometric data anytime anywhere
- T-OTP generation for Aadhaar Services
- View & share your updated Aadhaar profile via QR code
- Share your eKYC information with any service provider (you can also set a password for accessing this info).
During our early tries to register, we got messages like “unable to get a response please try after some time“, “server is not responding” etc. This shows how unprepared UIDAI were, before launching the app. Restrictions like root free device are acceptable, but manual OTP entry is allowable. The app is still in beta stage, so some features and fixes will come out with subsequent updates. However, this app surely is another step closer to Digital India initiative. Hope you enjoyed the article, Peace!