How to Put Your Digital Covid Certificate on Your Phone (Explainer)

How to Put Your Digital Covid Certificate on Your Phone (Explainer)

The government sent it primarily as a piece of paper (by mail) or as a PDF attached to an email, such as a piece of paper scan.

Most people over the age of 40 now receive a digital covid certificate.

Is there a way to use the appropriate digital method from my smartphone?

Yes — There are two ways to do that.

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1. CovidTracker app

The Covid Tracker app has been updated with a new button called “Register EU Digital Covid Certificate”. When you press this, you can take a picture of the “QR code” (square barcode) of the certificate. Then you’ll see your name, date of birth, vaccination status, certificate ID, and other technical details.

Unfortunately, there is no way to do it all on the same phone. You will need to print the certificate or take a picture from the email you receive with another connected device.

2. Through a third party app or online service You can also sideload your certificate details into your mobile “wallet” to store other passes and payment cards.

For Android smartphones, download the free app Greenpass. Similar to the process in the CovidTracker app above, take a QR barcode and then incorporate the details into your phone’s wallet. For iPhone, access the free web app Covid19passbook.netlify.app in your mobile phone’s Safari browser. It does the same thing as the Greenpass app, but with the addition of a utility that allows you to “import” the QR code from the same phone photo (just take a screenshot of the QR code from the phone email).

…. Please note that Digital Covid Cert is primarily designed as a validation tool for traveling between countries. At the airport, you will be required to show regular identification, such as your passport, to verify your identity with Digital Covid Cert. It will almost certainly be scanned by the authorities.

close Digital Covid Cert is easy to copy. This means that if you don’t support identification, verification in pubs and restaurants will be weak.Photo: Adrian Weckler
Digital covid certificates are much weaker as a “pub pass” or as a way to show restaurant owners that you are vaccinated. The government states that, when used, this is only subject to visual inspection and probably does not require the creation of other forms of identification. This means that anyone trying to trick the system can copy and share it.

Independent.ie has already loaded the same Digital Covid Cert on multiple smartphones, with the same official verification on each phone. Explainer: How to put your digital Covid certificate on your mobile phone

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