Aadhaar is a very important document used in India. It not only helps in establishing every citizen’s identity but also plays a helping hand in reaping the benefits of various government social security schemes. And, to pass on the extra benefits, The Central Government of India has made it mandatory for the citizens to link aadhaar with mobile number. Be it opening a bank account, buying a new mobile phone, filing income tax returns or enjoying saving schemes benefits, linking of Aadhaar is compulsory for all. An individual can link aadhaar with mobile number online using a One Time Password (OTP) mechanism. The OTP functionality can be done via SMS or voice-based IVRS call.  The main objective behind linking aadhaar with mobile number is to remove and discontinue all the illegal sim and mobile numbers. 

How to Link Aadhaar with Mobile Number Online

Earlier there was only an offline way to link aadhaar with mobile number. But the Government came out with the recent announcement, wherein an individual can now link his aadhaar with mobile number online as well. The online way of linking 12-digit number with mobile can be done via OTP mechanism either by SMS or IVRS call

Steps to Link Aadhaar with Mobile Number via SMS

Step 1: Text your Aadhaar number from your registered mobile number

Step 2: The service provider will do a demographic verification of the number 

Step 3: Submit an OTP request to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

Step 4: The UIDAI will then send an OTP to the mobile number

Step 5: An individual will then be required to send the OTP to the registered mobile number

Step 6: With that, the e-KYC process is complete

Steps to Link Aadhaar with Mobile Number via IVRS Call

Step 1: Call 14546* from your mobile number

Step 2: Choose whether you are an Indian or an NRI

Step 3: Give your consent to re-verify Aadhaar by pressing 1

Step 4: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and confirm it by pressing 1

Step 5: An OTP is generated and sent to the registered mobile number

Step 6: Give consent to your operator to access your name, photo and DOB from UIDAI

Step 7: IVR reads out the last 4 digits of your mobile number

Step 8: If correct, enter the OTP received

Step 9: Press 1 to complete the process

How to Verify Aadhaar with Mobile Number Online

An individual can also verify whether his aadhaar is linked with his mobile number or not. Yes, the same can be done online at UIDAI website. 

Steps to Verify Aadhaar with Mobile Number Online

Step 1 : Visit the official website of UIDAI

Step 2: Click on My Aadhaar and search for Verify Email/Mobile Number

Step 3: Click on Verify Email/Mobile Number

Step 4: Enter Your 12 digit Aadhaar number (UID), Mobile Number/Email

Step 5: Type the captcha and Click on Send OTP

Step 6: Type the OTP received on Mobile Number

Step 7: Submit the same and your mobile number is verified

Note: In case your mobile number has already been verified, you will see this:

Importance of Linking Aadhaar with Mobile Number

1.Secures Your Identity for Preventing any Fraud

2. Entails Safe Transaction from your Mobile Number

3. Prohibits Deactivation of your Mobile Number

4. Allow Income Tax Return Filings

5. Payment of Utility Bills(electricity, gas, water bills or shopping bills) within your own Comfort

6. Speedy Purchase/Sell of any Commodity Online without any Interruption

7. Prevents Delays in Screening your Application Process for Verification

8. Promotes Ethical Practices Under Government Directives

9. Avoids Mismatch in Database Error (whether your name, address or date of birth) while Dealing in Any Transaction with the Vendor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Is there any fee to link aadhaar with mobile number?

A.No. It is free of cost of process.

Q. What documents are required to link aadhaar with mobile?

A. Only a self-attested copy of aadhaar is required that needs to be submitted to the service period.

Q. Do I need to Change My SIM After Linking Aadhaar with Mobile?

A.No, there is no need to change your SIM as your current mobile number will be linked to Aadhaar.

Q.Is aadhaar linking process same for prepaid or postpaid subscribers?

A.Yes, the aadhaar linking process is the same for both the subscribers. 

Q.Are There Any Special provisions for Senior Citizens and Specially- enabled?

A.Yes, the Government has asked the telecom operators to send their representatives to the homes of senior citizens and specially-enabled. 

Q.Is linking of aadhaar with mobile is compulsory for all?

A.Yes, the Government has made it mandatory for Indian citizens. 

Q.What will happen if the linking of aadhaar with mobile will not be done?

A. If aadhaar linking will not be done by a mobile subscriber, his connection will be deactivated until the re-verification is done again. 

Note: As per the government’s rule, a new sim can now only be given by submitting a self-attested copy of aadhaar. Make sure to bring the same while availing a  new connection or sim.