What is the NZ COVID Tracer app
The NZ COVID Tracer app helps you keep track of where you’ve been. Using the app is one thing we can all do to help contact tracing go faster when there's a case of COVID-19 in the community, and stop it from spreading.
Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to:
- scan QR codes to create a private digital diary of the places you visit — the more we scan the safer we’ll be
- use Bluetooth tracing to keep an anonymised record of the people you’ve been near — turn it on under the 'Dashboard' section
- register your contact details in the 'My data' section so contact tracers can get in touch if they need to
How to register your information (external link)
- save your National Health Index (NHI) number in the 'My data' section to speed up the process if you need a test.
Where to find your NHI number if you do not know it (external link)
- add more details after you've scanned a QR code in the text box, such as who you're with or what you were doing — it's a great way to keep track of friends or whānau who do not have the app
- add a manual entry if you cannot scan a QR code — you can view and edit your diary at any time.
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How Bluetooth tracing works
Bluetooth tracing does not replace scanning QR codes — you still need to keep track of where you’ve been. Bluetooth tracing helps keep track of the people you’ve been near. Think of it like your phone is giving a digital high-five to other people's phones.
You do not have to have the app open for it to work, but you do need to have Bluetooth on your phone turned on. It does not use mobile data or drain your phone battery.
Your data is private
Bluetooth tracing is entirely anonymous. No personal or identifying information swaps between phones. Bluetooth tracing cannot track your movements. No one will ever see who you’ve been near, or when or where you were near them, even if you test positive for COVID-19.