mAadhaar is an official app launched by the UIDAI to provide a platform for aadhar cardholders to carry their details related to demographic and photos with them in their smartphones.
The app enables the aadhar cardholder to add his profile in and grants access to the app as per the user's requirements. The user can create up to three aadhar profiles in this app. The mAadhaar app is well protected and secured and the user has to use the password to open the app every time, thus ensuring safety to the personal details of the cardholder as well as protection from fraudsters.
The mAadhaar app can be downloaded on the mobile phone by following the simple steps as mentioned below:
Step 1: Visit the Google Play Store in your mobile
Step 2: Click on the install button
Step 3: Allow the required permission for the mAadhaar app for download
Step 4: The mAadhaar gets installed on your phone
Step 5: Set in a password for the app
The Aadhar Card authorized authority UIDAI has provided a facility to the users of mAadhaar app to lock or unlock biometric details. One can lock or unlock the biometrics or even disable the same by visiting the official web portal of UIDAI. One should note that the registered mobile number in aadhar card should be linked with your mobile number to avail this facility.
Steps to Lock/Unlock Biometrics via mAadhaar App
Step 1: Download the mAadhaar app on your mobile and open the app
Step 2: Login to the app using the user id and password
Step 3: Click on the profile and open it
Step 4: Click on the ‘Biometric Settings’ from the menu option which can be found on the top right corner of the app
Step 5: Tick the ‘Enable Biometric Lock’ option
Step 6: A disclaimer will pop up which shows that the biometrics may still be used for the next six hours.
Step 7: Proceed further and click on the ‘OK’ option
Step 8: An OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number in aadhar
Step 9: The OTP will be automatically fed by the app
Step 10: Your biometric details will immediately get locked.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to unlock the biometric details temporarily
Step 1: Visit the mAadhaar app
Step 2: Go to the top-right menu and click on the ‘Biometric Settings’
Step 3: A message will be displayed which reads as “Your biometrics will be temporarily unlocked”
Step 4: Click on the ‘Yes’ option
Step 5: Your biometric details will be unlocked for 10 minutes
Step 6: If you prefer to disable the biometric lock, then you can do so by visiting the UIDAI website.
It is mandatory to first add your profile in the app to use the mAadhaar app. The profile will get added, only if the mobile number is mentioned in the Aadhaar is the same that is being used in the smartphones. Follow the below-mentioned steps to add your profile in mAadhaar app:
Step 1: Open the mAadhaar app
Step 2: Enter your password to login to the app
Step 3: Proceeding further, select the three dots on the upper right corner of the interface.
Step 4: Select the ‘Add Profile’ option.
Step 5: Enter your Aadhaar number or scan the QR code on your Aadhar card
Step 6: Proceed further and click on next button
Step 7: Give relevant permissions to the app to access your phone’s SMS
Step 8: An OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number in aadhar
Step 9: The app will automatically detect the SMS from UIDAI and will enter the OTP
Step 10: The app will download your Aadhaar details in your smartphone
Please Note: You can access the mAadhaar app any time whenever you want to use Aadhaar as it is auto-downloaded. One can view both the front and backside of the aadhar in mAadhaar app.
Your Profile in the mAadhaar app will get automatically deleted once the SIM is removed happens to be the registered mobile number in Aadhar. In case if you are upgrading your mobile phone or switching on to a new mobile connection, then one should delete your profile and uninstall the mAadhaar app as a safety measure before handing it over to someone else.
Steps to Delete Profile in mAadhaar App
Step 1: Visit the mAadhaar app
Step 2: Enter the password to login
Step 3: Proceed further and click on your profile to open it
Step 4: Now select the three dots on the top right corner of the app
Step 5: Now select the ‘Delete Profile’ option
Step 6: You will be asked to enter your app’s password.
Step 7: A message will get displayed asking whether you are sure to delete the profile
Step 8: Proceed further and click on the ‘Yes’ button.
Step 9: Now your profile will get deleted from the mAadhaar app
Q: What is the iOS-compatible version for the Maadhaar application?
ANS: The mAadhaar application for iPhone is compatible with iOS 10.0 and above.
Q: Does my profile on mAadhaar become inactive when replaced by a new phone with a registered mobile number?
ANS: Yes, the Aadhaar profile of one phone will be automatically deactivated when the same profile is saved on another mobile. Aadhaar can only be registered on one device at a time.
Q: Where can m-Aadhaar be used?
ANS: The mAadhaar app can be used anywhere anytime in India. Maadhaar is more than an Aadhaar card in a wallet. On the one hand, the mAadhaar profile is accepted as a valid proof of identity by airports and railways, the other resident can use the features of the app to share their eKYC or QR code with service providers who have requested Aadhaar verification from their customers before providing Aadhaar services.
Q: How to create a profile on the m-Aadhaar app?
ANS: Only a person with an Aadhaar linked to a registered mobile phone number can create an Aadhaar profile in the mAadhaar app. They can save their profile in an application installed on any smartphone. However, the OTP will only be sent to their registered mobile. The steps to save the Aadhaar profile are given below:
Q: Is there a charge to link Aadhaar and the mobile phone number?
ANS: No. Mobile phone operators did not charge any fees to link Aadhar to the mobile phone number.
Q: Is the verification method the same for prepaid and postpaid subscribers?
ANS: Yes, the verification method was the same for prepaid and postpaid subscribers.
Q: Can I use the mAadhaar app for Aadhaar and phone number linking?
No. The linking option is not available in the mAadhaar application.
Q: If individuals have three cell phone numbers, would they have to verify each number separately?
ANS: Yes, biometric verification had to be done separately for each mobile number.