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Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19

Use your phone and COVIDaware MN to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Find out if COVIDaware MN is compatible with your phone.

download on the Apple App Store

iPhone: Download the app or enable Exposure Notifications in your Settings.


Get it on Google Play

Android: Download the app.

Start using COVIDaware MN  today.

COVIDaware MN uses COVID-19 exposure notification technology developed by Apple and Google in partnership with PathCheck Foundation.




Use your phone to stay aware of COVID-19.

COVIDaware MN protects you and your community while
protecting your privacy. Read the fact sheet (PDF).

Frequently asked questions

How COVIDaware MN works.

COVIDaware MN uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19, so you can reduce the risk of infection for your friends, family, and neighbors, and help Minnesota slow the spread.

Step 1. Start using COVIDaware MN.

See Will this work on my phone? to see if your phone is compatible. 


For iPhone: Download the free COVIDaware MN app from the iPhone App Store External link opens in new tab or enable the Exposure Notification Setting (OS 13.7). 


Android: Download the free COVIDaware MN app from the Android Google Play Store External link opens in new tab.

Step 2. Your phone remembers other devices it meets, but won’t identify you to anyone.

Once you opt-in to the notification system, COVIDaware MN will generate an anonymous key for your phone—the key is a random number. To help ensure that these random keys can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.

Step 3. Your privacy is protected. No information that will identify you will ever leave your phone.

Your phone and the phones around you work anonymously in the background, using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to exchange these privacy-protected keys. This is a passive process that begins once you opt-in. COVIDaware MN functions in the background, and it won’t drain your battery.

Privacy protection

Step 4. The system checks for positive COVID-19 cases every day.

On a daily basis, your phone downloads a list of all the anonymous keys associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of random keys your phone has encountered in the last 14 days.

Exposure notification

Step 5. COVIDaware MN will notify you if you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

If there’s a match, COVIDaware MN will notify you with further instructions from the Minnesota Department of Health about what you need to do to keep you and the people around you safe.


With COVIDaware MN, you can help break the chain of infection, and get help directly from health experts.

What to do if you are sick external link opens in new window

COVIDaware MN partners

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  • State of Minnesota logo
  • PathCheck Foundation logo
  • Apple and Google exposure notification logo
  • APHL - Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Minnesota State
  • Minnesota AFL-CIO
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • University of St. Thomas
  • St. Mary's University
  • Concordia University - Saint Paul
  • Leech Lake Tribal College
  • Macalester College
  • Saint Olaf College
  • St. Catherine University
  • Medical Alley Association
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Inter County Association
  • Genesis 10
  • Minnesota County IT Leadership Association
  • Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Mount Zion Temple
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church