Add Your Phone. Stop the Spread.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. One way you can help yourself and your community is by participating in our newly launched mobile contact tracing app COVID Alert NY.
COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others.
The more people who download COVID Alert NY, the more effective it will be. Help protect your community while maintaining your privacy. The free mobile apps–available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey–are available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. COVID Alert NY is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Arabic.
Download the free app to your smartphone to receive an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
For iPhones (iOS 12.5 or 13.7 and up) – If you choose not to download COVID Alert NY, you can still receive alerts on your iPhone if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can now enable Exposure Notifications directly through your iPhone settings menu:
Settings > Exposure Notifications > Turn on Exposure Notifications
Please note that this feature can only be enabled on devices that do not have the COVID Alert NY app installed. If you already have COVID Alert NY installed, you can continue to use that app with its more robust features such as positive case trend views and daily symptom tracking. Both COVID Alert NY and the Exposure Notification setting for iPhones use the same secure, privacy protecting technology. The Exposure Notification setting, which is automatically integrated into your iPhone, is intended for iPhone users who choose not to download an app from the App Store.
Opt-in to receive alerts if you have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Your phone exchanges a secure random code with the other phone to record that they were near.
The app will never collect, transmit or store your personal information and is completely anonymous.
Your location will never be tracked, the app uses bluetooth technology to sense when another person with the same app comes within 6 feet. Your phone exchanges a secure code with the other phone to record that they were near.
How it Works
You have full control to receive exposure notifications and can turn it off at any time.
The app will never track your location, it uses Bluetooth to detect if two devices are near each other.
Your identity will never be revealed to anyone.
Your identity will remain anonymous, the app will never collect, transmit or store any of your personal information.