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2 ways to download and carry the e-aadhaar card on your phone

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The government is aggressively emphasizing the use of the digital formats of the most important documents like voter cards and driver's licenses etc. Now that the India digital drive is further strengthened, UIDAI has e-aadhaar cards. Now you can transport your aadhaar like any other digital document in PDF format and it is also valid like an aadhaar card. Here I explain all about it, including how to download an E-aadhaar card.

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Ways to download the e-aadhaar card

You can download e-aadhaar online by visiting either the UIDAI website or the mAadhaar app. You need your Aadhaar number or registration ID or virtual ID as well as a registered mobile phone number.

1. Download the e-Aadhaar By UIDAI website

Follow the steps below to download the e-aadhaar:

1. Visit the UIDAI website and click on the e-Aadhaar banner or go directly to this link:

2. Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number or EID or VID.

3. Activate the checkbox “I want a masked aadhaar?” if you want to hide your aadhaar number on the e-aadhaar.


5. An OTP will be received under your registered number. Enter it on the next page.

6. Take a quick survey on the reprint of the Aadhaar letter and click on “Review and Download”. Your e-hair in PDF format will be downloaded to your device.

Please note that this PDF is password-protected and that the password consists of the first four letters of your name on Aadhaar and your year of birth.

2. Download the e-Aadhaar By mAadhaar app

You can also download your e-aadhaar via the mAadhaar app.

Download the mAadhaar app

1. Download, install and open the app.

2. On the home screen, tap Download Aadhaar.

3. On the next page, choose your preference from “Regular Aadhaar” or “Masked Aadhaar”.

4. Then select whether you have an aadhaar number, a registration ID or a virtual ID.


6. On the next page, enter the OTP received on your mobile number.

That's it. Your aadhair will download and you can tap Open to view it. Again, you'll need to enter a password to open it.

FAQs about the e-aadhaar card

Q. What is e-aadhair?

A. e-aadhaar is a password-protected digital copy of your aadhaar card that can be used in place of a physical aadhaar card.

Q. Is an e-aadhaar valid as a physical copy of the aadhaar card?

A. According to UIDAI, an e-aadhaar card is equally valid for all purposes as a physical aadhaar.

Question: What is the Masked Aadhair option when downloading e-aadhaar?

A. The Mask Aadhair option allows you to hide your aadhair number in your aadhair. Masked aadhaar replaces the first 8 digits of your aadhaar number with “xxxx-xxxx” and only the last 4 digits of the aadhaar number are visible on it.

Q. What is e-aadhaar's password?

A. The password of the e-aadhaar card is the combination of the first 4 letters of your name in UPPER CASE and your year of birth on the aadhaar card.

For example, if someone's name is SURESH KUMAR and their year of birth is 1990, their e-aadhaar's password is SURE1990.

If you enter this password, you can open your E-Aadhaar card as a PDF. You can save this in your DigiLocker account and view it if necessary.

You can find more tips and tricks on Aadhaar and other documents here!

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