COVIDSafe app has been developed by the Australian Government Department of Health to help keep the community safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). Together, let’s help stop the spread and keep ourselves and each other healthy.
COVIDSafe uses the Bluetooth® technology on your mobile phone to look for other devices with COVIDSafe installed. Your device will take a note of contact you’ve had with other users by securely logging the other user’s reference code. If you or someone you’ve been in contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19, the close contact information securely stored in your phone can be uploaded and used—with your consent—by state and territory health officials to quickly inform people who’ve been exposed to the virus.
How you can help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Download the COVIDSafe app
• Register using your mobile phone number, name, age range and postcode
• Turn on Bluetooth®
• Check that COVIDSafe is running when you are out and about or are likely to come into contact with others
• If you test positive for COVID-19, you can consent for your close contact information to be used by state and territory health officials to contact people who may have been exposed. If you’ve been exposed to the virus by someone you’ve been in close contact with, state and territory health officials will be able to contact you quickly so you can get the support you need
COVIDSafe is an Australian Government Department of Health initiative. Visit https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app for more information.
Bug fixes and usability enhancements.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Great idea, but some impracticalities
I understand the importance of the app and am comfortable with the privacy precautions even though I would agree there are definitely concerns about data collection. For the moment though I think it’s an important public health and safety tool in the current situation.
When I downloaded it I assumed it would have an option to run in the background if allowed so I didn’t have to have it open all the time. This doesn’t seem to be the case but I don’t mind that too much, I just have to keep remembering to open it again.
However, the main issue is that every time I open it or even if it’s been open for a while it seems to go inactive and makes me sign up and reactivate again which is very impractical and inefficient. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. Otherwise it seems to work fine.
Let’s work together and do what it takes
When so much is at stake, in terms of lives, livelihoods, all aspects of wellbeing and quality of life, I feel that downloading this app is the least that I can do. I am confident the limited data collected will not be misused and I found the app itself to be really quick and straightforward to download and set up. One of the other reviewers said to omit the ‘0’ when entering mobile numbers to fit with the international dialling format. Maybe this is why I did not experience the same issues as a few others. In any case, it is great to see so many people being proactive about downloading this app. Please let’s all work together and do whatever it takes to beat the coronavirus, look after our communities and help restore health to all aspects of our beautiful nation.
Very easy to set up - asks for minimal information, just first name and number. Only problem is I nearly uploaded my information at the bottom where it asks ‘has a health professional asked you to upload your information?’ I think that’s just for confirmed cases???!
Not worried at all about scaremongering of the government having my info - I have a Medicare card, bank accounts, a passport, licence etc - pretty sure I have enough for them to track me if they could be bothered! and if privacy is really a concern to you - why are you people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PayPal, eBay, etc etc etc.... they have more than enough on you if they want!
Do it - look after each other Australia - let’s not be like Europe or the USA and lose so many lives.
- Department of Health, Australian Capital Territory
- 42.9 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Australian Department of Health
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.