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About this app

Use the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app to anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result — and be anonymously notified of your own possible exposure to someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — all without sharing anyone’s identity. The app protects your privacy while giving you the power to protect your health, your family’s and your community’s.

Using the app is easy:

Step one: Download the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app and enable Bluetooth.

Step two: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can choose to report it. Your test will be verified by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Step three: Those who may have been in close contact with you in the last 14 days will be notified they were near someone with a positive test, but they won’t know who or where. Your identity and location remain completely anonymous, and your personal information isn’t disclosed, no matter what.

Why it’s important

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is essential to helping our communities, schools and businesses reopen and stay open. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracers with the Alabama Department of Public Health will help notify those the person has been near — but they won’t know every person’s close contacts. The more people who use the app, the better the ability to notify those who have been exposed.

How it works

When you are within about six feet of others, phones using the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app exchange encrypted, anonymous codes via low-energy Bluetooth. If you test positive for COVID-19, those with whom you came in close contact — defined as within six feet for at least 15 minutes over the last 14 days — will get an anonymous notification that they were exposed. The notification they get is completely anonymous — they will not know who tested positive, the time, or the location — only the date of the possible exposure.

Your privacy is our priority

The GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification app was developed by the Alabama Department of Public Health in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and MotionMobs, using technology from a collaboration between Apple and Google. Users of the app exchange anonymous codes among their phones using Bluetooth — no location data is ever stored or exchanged, and your personal information is never shared.
Updated on
Jul 18, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

755 reviews
Michael Murphy
September 12, 2020
Doesn't alert exposure accurately. My friend tested positive, she had the app, bluetooth on, and had exposure turned on in her iPhone's settings. We hung out at dinner for about an hour the day before she tested and put the positive result in the app and it's been 8 days since then and I have not received a notification of the positive result. My Bluetooth was on and I have had the app properly functioning as well. This is a big problem and the fault is not on me or my friend.
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Ronnie Morgan
December 18, 2020
Doesn't seem to work. My wife and I both have this installed. She tested positive, I went through the process of telling the app she was positive. And I never received a notification that I had been exposed. I noticed that her bluetooth was off. I turned it back on, waited a couple of days and tried the notification process again and verified that her bluetooth was still on. I still didn't get an exposure notification. I've been a big advocate for this technology... Why isn't it working?
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Devon Suns
December 5, 2020
Opened the app to report a positive test and found out it hasn't updated since Nov 26 (its currently Dec 4). All of my settings are correct, my Bluetooth and location stay on anyway. It took several tries over the course of a few minutes to get it to save my test input which is like, there is literally one thing this app is for. Why can it not just do the thing. I'm asymptomatic but if I was sick sick I wouldn't have the energy to fight to get it to post.
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What's new

GuideSafe™ has been updated to make the experience easier to protect the health of yourself, your family, your community, and beyond.

Updates include:
- Maintenance and general updates