Help stop COVID-19 in Alabama.
Use the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app to anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result — and be anonymously notified of your own possible exposure to someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — all without sharing anyone’s identity. The app protects your privacy while giving you the power to protect your health, your family’s and your community’s.
Using the app is easy:
Step one: Download the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app and enable Bluetooth.
Step two: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can choose to report it. Your test will be verified by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Step three: Those who may have been in close contact with you in the last 14 days will be notified they were near someone with a positive test, but they won’t know who or where. Your identity and location remain completely anonymous, and your personal information isn’t disclosed, no matter what.
Why it’s important
Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is essential to helping our communities, schools and businesses reopen and stay open. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracers with the Alabama Department of Public Health will help notify those the person has been near — but they won’t know every person’s close contacts. The more people who use the app, the better the ability to notify those who have been exposed.
How it works
When you are within about six feet of others, phones using the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app exchange encrypted, anonymous codes via low-energy Bluetooth. If you test positive for COVID-19, those with whom you came in close contact — defined as within six feet for at least 15 minutes over the last 14 days — will get an anonymous notification that they were exposed. The notification they get is completely anonymous — they will not know who tested positive, the time, or the location — only the date of the possible exposure.
Your privacy is our priority
The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app was developed by the Alabama Department of Public Health in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and MotionMobs, using technology from a collaboration between Apple and Google. Users of the app exchange anonymous codes among their phones using Bluetooth — no location data is ever stored or exchanged, and your personal information is never shared.
GuideSafe™ has been updated to make the experience easier to protect the health of yourself, your family, your community, and beyond.
- Instant exposure checks with a button click
- Alignment with updated CDC guidelines on daily exposures
- Onboarding and screen design updates for user accessibility
- Synchronization with standards used by other states
- Support for Version 2 exposure notifications
- Optional anonymous and aggregated event data sharing for community awareness
Ratings and Reviews
Easy to set up, but, needs a tiny bit more work.
The only thing I wish this app would let me consent to would be access to my iOS Health app. I routinely monitor my temperature for work, and, I believe that the quicker information can be accessed to defeat COVID, the better we can perform contact tracing.
Great concept and needed tool - but does not work.
***Update*** My husband tested positive 2 days ago and immediately reported it on the app. I still show “no exposure” and he has reported 2-3 times to be sure it went through.
I am SO thankful for the work done on this app. I feel completely safe using it, no names or emails or any information needed - it just uses a low blue tooth signal to know when in range of the app on another device - if which the owner happens to develop COVID-19 and clicks that anonymously on the app then I’ll get an alert if I’ve been in that range in the last 2 weeks. This is a much needed tool to help safely interact and do day to day things like errands and work. I hope a lot of people use this app to help prevent community spread of Covid as restrictions loosen.
Great idea but does not work
Both my wife and me have GuideSafe installed on our iPhones. My wife was sick so we both went and got tested. My wife tested positive, I tested negative. I went into the GuideSafe app on my wife’s iPhone and reported her positive test. We were in my truck for the next 90 minutes, within a couple feet of each other.
Neither my app nor my iPhone have ever reported a possible exposure to me. I have been within feet of my wife multiple times for longer than 10 minutes and have never been notified. I have even set our phones next to each other for an hour and never received notification. The app does not work!
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- Usage Data
Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More
- Alabama Department of Public Health
- 21 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 13.5 or later.
- Age Rating
- Copyright © 2021 Alabama Department of Health
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.