Your digital diary

Scanning lets you keep track of where you have been and who you have been with. Find out how to scan QR codes or add manual diary entries, save locations, add and edit diary entries and manage notifications.

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Scan a QR code

Scanning QR codes lets you receive a Bluetooth alert if you visit the same place, around the same time, as someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.

Businesses and service in New Zealand should have posters at or near the entrance and in other places around the premises.

When you go somewhere open your NZ Covid Tracer app and:

  1. Tap Record a visit.
  2. Point your phone at the QR code.
  3. Wait for your phone to vibrate and display a green tick.
  4. Tap the text box if you want to add more details (for example, what you were doing and who you were with).
  5. Tap Okay to close the screen.

If you have a My Vaccine Pass, once you have added a diary entry or scanned in you’ll see a link to go through to it. You do not need to tap Okay to record your diary entry. Just tap “View My Vaccine Pass”.  

Add a manual diary entry

As well as scanning QR codes, you can also add a diary entry manually. To do this open your NZ Covid Tracer app and:

  1. Tap Record a visit.
  2. Tap Add manual entry.
  3. Fill in the form on the next screen (place, arrival date and time, other details).
  4. Tap Add entry.
  5. Tap Finish.

Using a previous scan

If you forget to scan you can add a manual entry for a place you have been before. To do this open your NZ Covid Tracer app and:

  1. Tap Record a visit.
  2. Tap Add manual entry.
  3. Tap Place or activity and start typing.
  4. Tap the name you want to add and select the time.
  5. Tap Add entry.
  6. Tap Finish.

Save a location in your diary

You can save a location that you have scanned before and add it manually. You can also save places you visit regularly that do not have a QR code (for example, a friend’s house or your own home). Do not save public transport or taxis – if they use QR codes they will be different for each vehicle.

To save a location from a previous scan or written entry, open the NZ COVID Tracer app and:

  1. Go to My data.
  2. Tap on Saved locations.
  3. Select Save new.
  4. Search for a name or address (your device only finds locations in the last 60 days).
  5. Tap the star next to the location name to save this location.

If you can’t find the location, you’ll need to add a written entry and save it or scan a poster. Once you have done this you can save the location.

View and edit diary entries

You can view your diary at any time in the My data or Record a visit sections of the app. You can also edit or delete entries if you make a mistake or need to add more details. Just tap on the diary entry and either edit or delete entry.

For QR code entries you can add details that might help with contact tracing (such as the names of the people you were with).

For manual entries you can edit the place, activity, time and date of the entry.

Export and import your diary

If you get a new smartphone you can transfer your diary or save a backup. Make sure you have the latest version (6.1.0) of the NZ COVID Tracer app installed on both your new and old phone. You will need an internet or data connection on both phones. To export your diary open the NZ COVID Tracer app on your current phone and:

  1. Go to My data.
  2. Open My diary.
  3. Select Options (in the top right corner of the screen).
  4. Select Export this diary (this will create a file with today’s date and end with *.diary).
  5. Save the *.diary file to a secure storage location (for example, iCloud, OneDrive, Files, Dropbox or Google Drive).
  6. Open the NZ COVID Tracer app on your new phone (check you can access your storage location).
  7. From the Diary menu select Import another diary.
  8. Go to the storage location of your diary file and select the *.diary file to be imported.
  9. When the import has finished you will see a green success screen.

We’ve made some improvements to the NZ Covid Tracer app.

Version 6. 1.0 includes new features to help you import and export your diary entries, share your diary entries to another device, and store backups of your diary on your smartphone.

Make sure you are using the latest version of the New Zealand Covid Tracer app from the Apple App store or Google Play store.

Save and upload your diary entries

You can now export your digital diary and transfer it to another device or save a backup.

This feature is useful if you get a new smartphone and want to transfer your digital diary.

Export your diary entries

Navigate to your diary.

In the top right of the screen select “Manage” or “Options”.

Select “Export this diary”.

To save a backup of your diary on your phone, save to a secure cloud storage location such as iCloud, Files, Google Drive or Dropbox.

Importing your diary entries

Open the NZ COVID Tracer app and navigate to your diary.

In the top right of the screen select “Manage” or “Options”.

Select “Import another diary”.

Upload your Diary Entry file from the cloud storage location you saved the file in, such as iCloud, Files, Google Drive or Dropbox.

The green notification will tell you that you have successfully imported and merged your diary on your new device.

You will now be able to view your diary entries on your new device.

Need help?

If you are having any problems visit health.govtnz/nz-covid-tracer

You can find the latest update on the Apple App store or the Google Play Store.

Carry on the great work keeping your diary up to date!

Manage notifications

The app can help you keep your diary up to date by sending your reminders if you haven’t scanned or added an entry in a few days.

You can receive weekly reminders to keep your diary complete. You can also receive public health announcements from us. You can manage these or turn them off. Just open the app and:

  1. Go the My data tab.
  2. Select Notification preferences.
  3. Turn Diary reminders On or Off.
  4. Turn Announcements On or Off.

You cannot turn off Contact alerts. This function lets you get an alert if you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19.

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