The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has now launched an app called mAadhaar. It allows Indians to carry their virtual Aadhaar card in their smartphones. The app is currently available only on Android, but UIDAI plans to bring it to iOS soon.
The mAadhaar provides an easy and secure alternative to carrying your Aadhaar card on the go. With increased number of use cases, Aadhaar is on the verge of becoming the card of choice for the citizens and government alike. Recently, the Government of India announced that citizens need to link their Aadhaar number with their PAN card and SIM card. So having an app like mAadhaar would indeed be of great use.
How to Download the mAadhaar App?
The mAadhaar app is currently in beta stage and is available for download via the PlayStore. It requires users to link their Aadhaar card with the app by simply adding a few credentials.
How to Add Aadhaar Card to mAadhaar App?
On opening the app for the first time, you would be asked to set a password. This would act as a layer of security in protecting your valuable Aadhaar details. Next time onwards, you would be required to enter this password to open the mAadhaar app.
After that, you can add your Aadhaar details to the app by two methods. Either you can manually enter your Aadhaar card number, or you can just scan the QR cord present in your card. It’s worth noting that you would require a mobile number linked to your card to add your details to the app.
The mAadhaar app enables users to lock their Aadhaar data using a biometric locking system. That said, users can later on completely disable the locking feature from the setting option. Apart from that, the mAadhaar uses a unique Time Based One Time Password (TOTP) feature for verifying your credentials.
Why Should You Use mAadhaar App?
Many would argue what is the use of having this app in the first place. Apparently, a lot of users have a photo of their Aadhaar card saved in their cloud storage. Well, that’s true indeed but the mAadhaar app offers a more authentic way of carrying your virtual Aadhaar card on the go. It’s worth highlighting that the mAadhaar app has been developed by UIDAI, the body responsible for issuing and maintaining Aadhaar details. Besides, it offers a biometric method of securing your card details which is not available in the any of the cloud storage options.