UIADI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the government agency responsible for issuing Aadhaars, has recently launched an app mAadhaar which will help you sync your Aadhaar data on the mobile phone. Now, you won’t need to carry a hard copy of your Aadhaar card for verification or any other services which necessarily need your Aadhaar card.
Once you download the app and set it up, all your details including your number, name, date of birth, gender and address are stored on the app. You can share your Aadhar profile with third party applications via Barcodes, QR codes, NFC or even email. Sharing eKYC (electronic Know Your Customer) details with telecommunications companies will now become a lot easier. Upon the fulfilment of the update request, users will be able to get the updated view of their profile. Also, instead of traditional SMS based OTP, you can use its Time-based One Time Password which is an automatically generated temporary password.
You can secure your personal data by locking the data with your biometric details. Thus, mAadhar with not only act as an identification proof but also aims to keep your data extremely secure.
The app is currently in the beta phase. So users may experience a few glitches and bugs. Also, a few of its features will be made available post the updates it will receive in future.
To use the mAadhaar app, a registered mobile phone number is a must. In case, your mobile phone number isn’t registered, you can visit the nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre or use the Mobile Update End Point.
With almost all the major services being linked to Aadhaar card, various concerns have been raised over the security and integrity by various members of the society particularly those from tech and legal field. However, UIDAI claims that Aadhaar is completely safe and secure.
Currently, mAadhaar app is only available for Android devices running Andriod 5.0 or above. You can expect the app to roll out for iOS anytime soon.