The government of India launched the Aarogya Setu app just last month for Android and iOS devices. The app makes use of the phone’s Bluetooth and GPS to inform users if they come in contact with a COVID-19 infected individual. The government has made downloading the app mandatory for public and private sector employees, as well as those travelling by rail. It has also been made compulsory for those in containment zones.
However, since a large number of Indians use feature phones, the scope of the app has been limited. To counter this, the government has now launched the Aarogya Setu app for KaiOS-powered JioPhone in the country. The super-inexpensive 4G-enabled feature phone was reported to have 387.5 million users as of December 2019 and enjoys the status of the leading feature phone in the country.
Aarogya Setu app now available for JioPhone
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In response to a user’s query on Twitter, Jio clarified that the Aarogya Setu app is currently available only for the JioPhone (LF-2403N) model. The company revealed in the tweet that the Aarogya Setu app will be revealed for other JioPhone models soon. JioPhone users can install the app from the Jio Store.
Aarogya Setup app features and details
The Aarogya Setu app requires you to register with their phone numbers and requires GPS access to enable contact tracing. You are also required to provide information such as name, age, sex, profession, smoking status, travel history and more. The app then determines whether you are safe, are at risk or infected. This information is then displayed on your phone and others who have the app installed. The app is available in 10 languages and provides instructions regarding self-isolation.
The app recently came under the radar for being vulnerable to privacy risks. According to reports, the way the app saves user data is not secure and Aarogya Setu users’ location data has already leaked to YouTube once.