Hi guys, so you know the deal with Aadhar card and mobile number linking, right? Even though the dates have been extended continuously, a lot of us are yet to get the linking done. In this article, I’m going to help you learn how to link Aadhar with idea mobile number.
I know that it’s difficult to make time and go to an Idea retailer’s store to get your mobile number linked to your Aadhar number and this is where I’m going to help you save your effort and time.
What is Aadhar card?
Aadhar card was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009. It consists of a 12 digit Unique Identity Number which is issued to all the Indian citizen based on their biometrics and demographics. It records all of your data within a 12 digit number.
The Aadhar card related plans and issues are handled by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). It comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. According to the data until 30 November 2017, Aadhar is world’s largest biometric system with over 1.9 billion people holders.
What are the things to link with Aadhar card?
Now, we already know that we need to link our mobile number with Aadhar card number. However, it is mandatory that we connect the following things with our Aadhar card number as well.
- Mobile Number
- PAN card
- Ration Card
- Bank account
- Voters ID
Haven’t linked your Aadhar card to your PAN card and mobile number yet? Click here to know how to do it and the deadlines before which you have to do it.
It is mandatory that you link your Aadhar number with the above-mentioned documents. In case of not linking the Aadhar number with these documents, your documents will no longer be considered valid. In this article, you will learn how to link Aadhar with idea mobile number.
What is the deadline to link Aadhar card with mobile number?
The deadlines to link mobile number and other documents with Aadhar number has been extended many times since last year. However, according to the latest updates, the last date to link your mobile number with Aadhar number is 31 March 2018. Probably you would have already known that since telecom service providers are keen on getting your mobile number linked with your Aadhar card since they don’t want to lose any customers.
In case of not linking Aadhar card with a mobile number, your SIM card will no longer work and you will have to get a new number for which you will need to have your Aadhar card. There are a lot of discussions going on regarding Aadhar card, privacy issues and the need for it to be linked with things like mobile number, since mobile phones are one of the most private and important possessions of a person. However, we hope that this will help the government prevent mobile phones being used for terrorist activities.
Now, we don’t know how secure is the data that the government is pooling through the Aadhar system, but we know that if it’s leaked, it can be a disaster. UIDAI claims to have ensured utmost protection of the data and has told that whatever reports that are emerging through media regarding the leak of Aadhar data are false.
How to link Aadhar with idea mobile number through a call? How to link Aadhar with Idea mobile number through IVRS method? How to link Aadhar with Idea mobile number though OTP?
The answer to all these questions is the same. It is very simple and you can get your mobile number linked to your Aadhar number with this hassle-free process. Now, I’m going to explain the whole process one by one. But before that, you need to have these things ready.
What are the requirements for linking Aadhar card with a mobile number through OTP?
- You need to have your Idea mobile number in your phone which you want to link to your Aadhar number.
- The mobile number that is mentioned on your Aadhar card which is your Aadhar registered number (you will receive the OTP in this number).
- 12-digit number on your Aadhar card.
How to link Aadhar with Idea mobile number at home?
You don’t really have to go to a retailer’s store to get your Aadhar card linked to your mobile number anymore. As I was telling you earlier, the telecom companies are trying every alternative to get you to link your Aadhar number with your mobile number so that they don’t lose their customers. This is why they have come up with this new process with the help of which you can link your Aadhar number to your mobile number without going to a retailer’s store.
So, I’ve already told you what are the things that you need to have in hand before starting the process. Now, let’s see what are the steps that you need to follow.
Step-1: Use your Idea number which you want to link to your Aadhar number to make a call to this number: 14546. The number is Idea’s number for re-verification or for linking to aadhar card through IVRS method.
Step-2: Now, you will need to listen and respond to the automated voice (recorded voice of a woman) that will instruct you in completing the linking process. Press 1 when you’re asked if you’re an Indian resident or not. I would suggest you keep the call on loudspeaker so that you can listen to the automated voice and respond easily by opening your dialer pad (Where you enter numbers when you want to make a call).
Step-3: You will able to listen to a disclaimer, after which they will ask you if you have an Aadhar number or not. You have to press 1 and wait for a beep after which you will have to enter your 12-digit Aadhar number in the dialer pad.
Step-4: Now, check your number and make sure that it’s right and press 1 to confirm that you’ve entered the correct Aadhar number.
Step-5: Wait for an OTP which will be sent to your Aadhar registered number. If it’s the same number you’re making the call on, exit the dialer pad and open the message box to check the OTP without dropping the call. Now, go back to the dialer pad and enter the 6-digit OTP.
Step-6: Once you’ve entered the 6-digit OTP on the dialer pad, press 1 to confirm it. That’s it! now you just have to wait for an SMS which will confirm that your mobile number has been linked to your Aadhar number.
Well, that’s really simple, right? If you think so too, please share this article with your friends so that they don’t have to take time from their busy schedule to visit a retailer’s store and wait there for long.
How to link Aadhar with idea mobile number offline?
Now, this the method in which you will have to visit your nearest Idea retailer store. You have to do this instead of using the call or IVRS method in the following cases:
- You no longer use the registered mobile number which is mentioned in your Aadhar card or you’ve misplaced it.
- The registered mobile number on your Aadhar card and the mobile number you want to link to your Aadhar number are SIM cards of different states in India.
Also, if you think that you don’t want to mess it up by doing it by yourself, you can just follow this process. Now, I’ll be explaining to you what are the things you need to do to get your mobile number linked to your Aadhar number through this offline method.
Step-1: Visit the nearest retailer’s store or Idea customer care center where Idea mobile linking with Aadhar number is done. Make sure that your carry your Aadhar card and the mobile number which you want to link to the Aadhar number.
Step-2: Now, give the retailer your Aadhar card and your mobile number and he will start the verification process.
Step-3: You will get an OTP in the mobile number which you want to link the Aadhar number to. Tell this OTP to the retailer.
Step-4: Now, you will be asked to give your fingerprint with the help of a scanner or a biometric device. If the Aadhar card that you want to link with the mobile number is yours, then give your fingerprint. However, if the Aadhar card that you want to link to the mobile number is not yours, like it could be your dad’s or friend’s; in that case, you need to take them along with you and you need to get their fingerprint instead.
Step-5: Once yours or the holder of the Aadhar card’s fingerprint is scanned, you will be able to see all the details of the person on the computer screen. Make sure that the information is correct including the spelling. Since Aadhar card has been given utmost importance, even a spelling mistake can put you in trouble at times. Ask the retailer to make the necessary changes.
Step-6: Now you will have to wait for some time to get the confirmation SMS on the number that you are linking to your Aadhar number. Mostly you will get the SMS within 24 hours. Once you get the SMS, reply to that SMS with “RV Y”. This is for Idea mobile number.
Step-7: Reply “RV Y” to 12345 if you want to proceed with the linking process and reply “RY N” to 12345 if you want to cancel the linking process. If you don’t respond to this SMS within 3 hours of receiving it, your request will be automatically processed.
Now you can sit back and relax because your mobile number is linked to an Aadhar number. You don’t have to worry anymore about your mobile services being discontinued because you hadn’t linked it to an Aadhar number within the specified time. Here, I’m reminding you again that the last date for linking your mobile number with Aadhar number is 31 March 2018.
How to link Aadhar with idea mobile number online?
You might think that linking your mobile number with Aadhar card is the easiest when you’re doing it online. Well, in my opinion, the easiest way is through the IVRS system because to carry out this procedure online you will have to first become an Idea retailer or agent. This is even more complex than visiting a retailer’s store because it involves many procedures.
If you become an Idea agent or retailer temporarily, you can get your Aadhar number linked to your mobile number online easily. Also, in some areas, telecom companies offer free recharges and ETOPS to their retailers and agents for helping their customers link their Aadhar cards to their mobile numbers; thereby helping the companies to retain their customers.
Don’t worry if you want to become a retailer or agent for some time and get your Aadhar card linked to your mobile number because I’m going to help you by explaining the procedure in very simple steps.
Step-1: First, you need to become an Idea agent or retailer for which you will have to visit an Idea store or help center. They will ask you about your shop and the reason that you want to become an Idea retailer. You may also have to submit a few documents after which you will get access to your Idea retailer’s account. Using this account you can link your Aadhar card to your mobile number online.
Step-2: Now, you need to purchase a biometric scanner which will cost you some amount of money. You can always ask the telecom company to get you a biometric device or a fingerprint scanner and they might give you since you’re going to help their customers link their Aadhar numbers to their mobile numbers. Even if they don’t give, you can purchase it online and it will not cost you a lot.
Step-3: You will also need an Android smartphone which runs the Android Version KitKat (v4.0) or above. This version is required to support the online verification app which you will have to download and install on this smartphone. If you don’t own a smartphone with an advanced version, borrow it from someone for a while. This smartphone is very important since the lower versions of Android will not support the fingerprint scanner (The fingerprint machine is operated by your smartphone).
Once you get all the above steps done, you can link your mobile number with your Aadhar number and help others link it too. To know what exactly is the process (how to link Aadhar with idea mobile number), you can always seek the help of the executives in Idea Help Centres.
I hope that you found this article and it definitely helped you in learning how to link Aadhar with idea mobile number. Let us know your feedback and clarify if any doubts, in the comments section below.