How to lock/unlock your Aadhaar data

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24 Jan 2019

Here's how you can lock/unlock your Aadhaar data

In a bid to enhance security of users' biometrics (fingerprints and iris data), and in order to avoid misuse of sensitive personal information, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched a service, by which users can "lock/unlock" their biometric data.

There are mainly three ways to lock or unlock your Aadhaar data.

Here's your step-by-step guide on how to do it.

Method #1

Method #1: Through the mAadhaar app

Method #1: Through the mAadhaar app

To follow this method, you'll first have to install and log in to the UIDAI mAadhaar app.

At the bottom of the screen, click on Biometrics Unlock notification.

You'll have to enter your mAadhaar password.

Once authenticated, your biometrics will be locked, and you won't be able to do any transactions now.

To unlock your biometrics, follow the procedure again.

Method #2: Switching the toggle button in mAadhaar app

You can also use the toggle button in mAadhaar app to lock/unlock your biometrics. For this, click on the three dots icon on the top-right corner of the mAadhaar app. Then switch on/off the 'Enable Biometrics Lock' toggle button.

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Method #3

Method #3: Through the UIDAI website

On the UIDAI portal, click on 'Lock/Unlock Biometrics', under 'Aadhaar services' section.

You'll be redirected to the biometrics locking section.

Once there, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number (or UID), and the security code provided on the screen.

Subsequently, an OTP will be generated and sent via SMS to your Aadhaar-registered mobile number.

Enter the OTP and enable/disable the biometric lock, as per your requirements.

Importance

How the facility is beneficial

How the facility is beneficial

The biometric data of a user comprises their fingerprints and iris scans.

According to the UIDAI, the (lock/unlock) facility protects privacy and confidentiality of residents' biometrics data.

The facility, by allowing the temporary locking and unlocking of one's biometric information, ensures that the Aadhaar holder can't use their biometrics for authentication, thus preventing potential misuse of information.

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My office has a biometric Aadhaar based attendance system. Will it work if I lock my Aadhaar biometric verification?

How to update my registered mobile number in Aadhaar card if I'm not using it right now?

What are Aadhaar biometrics?

What is the use of Aadhaar lock/unlock facility?

How to lock/unlock Aadhaar data?

How to lock/unlock Aadhaar data using the mAadhaar app?

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My office has a biometric Aadhaar based attendance system. Will it work if I lock my Aadhaar biometric verification?

Asked 2019-01-26 16:47:22 by Arvind Kumar Asija

Answered by NewsBytes

Aadhaar biometrics are locked to prevent other entities to misuse it. It is advised to lock them when you're not using it. Since you have locked the biometrics data, you can not use it in your office for fingerprint scan or iris scan.

How to update my registered mobile number in Aadhaar card if I'm not using it right now?

Asked 2019-01-26 00:02:17 by Aseem Sinha

Answered by NewsBytes

For any online update request, you need an active number registered with UIDAI where you will receive the OTP. If you do not have your old phone number, you have to visit the nearest Permanent Enrolment Center.

What are Aadhaar biometrics?

Asked 2019-01-24 17:29:46 by Aditya Tambe

Answered by NewsBytes

The biometrics of an Aadhaar user comprise of their fingerprints and iris scan.

What is the use of Aadhaar lock/unlock facility?

Asked 2019-01-24 17:29:46 by Rakesh Chavan

Answered by NewsBytes

The Aadhaar lock/unlock facility aims to protect the users' sensitive personal information by locking (making inaccessible) their biometrics, thus preventing potential misuse.

How to lock/unlock Aadhaar data?

Asked 2019-01-24 17:29:46 by Hansika Patil

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There are two main ways to lock/unlock your Aadhaar biometric information- 1) Through the UIDAI mAadhaar app, and 2) On the official UIDAI website.

How to lock/unlock Aadhaar data using the mAadhaar app?

Asked 2019-01-24 17:29:46 by Paridhi Yadav

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To lock/unlock your biometric information using the mAadhaar app, you can either use the biometrics unlock notification at the bottom of the screen, or switch the toggle button by clicking on the three-dots icon at the top-right corner of the app.

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