NZ COVID Tracer app

The NZ COVID Tracer app is a private, easy way to keep track of where you’ve been. It’s one thing we can all do to help contact tracing go faster when a case of COVID-19 is detected and stop the virus from spreading.

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NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app.

You can download NZ COVID Tracer from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. You don’t need a New Zealand phone or a New Zealand Apple or Google account. You can download it from anywhere in the world.

Download on the Apple app store               Download on the Google play app store

NZ COVID Tracer August Update.

We've made a few more improvements to the NZ COVID Tracer app.

Version 6.0.0 includes new features to help you keep your diary up to date.

Better manual entries.

When adding a manual entry to your diary, you can now choose from a list of places you've scanned into before.

This means that if you forget to scan in somewhere you visit often, you can fill out your diary later, just like you scanned in at the time.

The entry will contain all of the details about the place from the QR code.

This means that you'll get an alert if someone who was at that location at the same time as you tests positive for COVID-19.

You can create manual entries by tapping 'Add a diary entry manually' from the scan screen, or by tapping 'Add diary entry' from your diary.

Select 'Place or activity', and start typing to find the right place.

Saving locations.

You can also save locations you visit frequently.

This makes it easier to find them again when you manually add diary entries.

To save a location, select the My Data tab.

Then, select Saved locations.

Select 'Save a location'.

Select the star icon next to a location to add it to your saved locations.

If the location you're after doesn't appear, you can search for it using the search bar.

You can also tap the star icon when you scan into a location, or when you open an entry in your diary.

Please don't save public transport or taxis, as every vehicle has a different QR code.

When you go to add a manual entry, select 'View saved' for a list of your saved locations.

Diary reminders.

If you find yourself forgetting to scan, you can get an occasional reminder to nudge you to keep your diary up to date.

If you have diary reminders on, you'll receive a notification if it's been seven days since your last diary entry.

These notifications are generated on your phone. Information about your diary doesn't go anywhere.

To switch these on or off, select My data, then select Notification preferences.

To receive diary reminders, make sure the switch is on.

You can also choose whether to receive public health announcements from the Ministry of Health.

Illustrations and icons.

The updated app includes an illustrated guide to make features clear and easy to use.

You'll also see new icons next to entries in your diary.

These icons let you know which entries are from a scan, which are for saved locations, and which were written manually.

Bluetooth tracing

It's now easier to see when Bluetooth tracing isn't turned on.

If you haven't turned it on, when you go to scan, you'll see Turn on Bluetooth tracing.

If Bluetooth is off in your phone settings, Bluetooth tracing can't work properly, so you'll see Bluetooth tracing is not active.

You'll also see a larger indicator on your Dashboard.

If the indicator is showing red, select it to turn on Bluetooth tracing.

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! Using the app is one way we can speed up contact tracing and stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, visit health.govt.nz/nz-covid-tracer.


Keeping track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen is important even when there are no active community cases of COVID-19.

If you can’t use the app, download the NZ COVID Tracer booklet, keep a calendar or diary or take photos so you can recall where you’ve been.

In this section

  • How to get started with each of NZ COVID Tracer’s main functions. Read more
  • Displaying a QR code makes it easier for anyone visiting you to keep track of where they’ve been. Under all alert levels, businesses and services must display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code posters wherever customers or visitors enter the premises. Read more
  • The app is designed to make it easy for you to keep a record of where you’ve been and to protect your privacy and keep your data safe. When you use NZ COVID Tracer, your digital diary and Bluetooth tracing data is kept on your phone. You will only be asked to share this data if you test positive for COVID-19. Read more
  • NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app designed to make it easy to keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve been with. Being able to access this information quickly makes it faster to trace contacts and send alerts in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 and stop the virus from spreading. Read more
  • Contact us if you need help with the NZ COVID Tracer app. Read more
  • Integrate your software with the Ministry’s APIs to help us enhance New Zealand’s COVID-19 response by increasing the speed and efficiency of contact tracing. Read more
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