Contact tracing identified people who have had close contact with people who have been infected with the coronavirus. The SwissCovid app supported this process, establishing whether close contact has taken place and giving rapid notification if there is a risk of infection.
Now that the isolation requirement has been lifted, the conditions for the effective continued operation of the SwissCovid app are no longer in place, at least temporarily. For this reason the Federal Council has decided to suspend the SwissCovid app for the time being. This is in line with the legal basis, which provides for the system to be deactivated if it is no longer needed to combat the pandemic. However, we continue to keep a close eye on the epidemiological situation and will resume operation of the SwissCovid app if it becomes necessary to do so. For this reason we will maintain the necessary IT infrastructures in the background.
What should I do as a user of the SwissCovid app?
- Should I uninstall the app?
Yes. You can uninstall the app.
- What can I do if I’m unwilling or unable to uninstall the app?
Update the app. The latest version of the SwissCovid app only contains a screen with the information that it has been suspended. Data are no longer exchanged between mobile phones and the interface to Apple and Google is automatically switched off.
- What can I do if I’m unwilling or unable to uninstall or update the app?
You can turn off the interface to Apple and Google manually. You do this as follows: go to Settings > Google services & preferences > (for Android) COVID-19 Exposure Notifications or (for iOS) Contact Notifications, and turn off the notifications.
This does not apply to the "COVID Certificate" app.
SwissCovid app monitoring
Statistics on the use of the SwissCovid app were recorded from the public release of the SwissCovid app on 25 June 2020 until 31 March 2022. The data were updated at 2pm every day from Monday to Friday on the basis of data from the previous day or days.
The SwissCovid app system has been developed on behalf of and in cooperation with the FOPH by the Federal Office for Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication FOITT, the Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss company Ubique.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Last modification 07.02.2023