MORE than 5.5million Australian have downloaded the COVID-19 app a rise of more than 2.5million in a week.

The Government is encouraging everyone to do do the same saying that it is a major step in the pathway back to easing restrictions.

When you download the app you provide your name, mobile number, and postcode and select your age range.

You will receive a confirmation SMS text message to complete installation. The system then creates a unique encrypted reference code just for you.

COVIDSafe recognises other devices with the COVIDSafe app installed and Bluetooth enabled.

When the app recognises another user, it notes the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. The COVIDSafe app does not collect your location.

To be effective, you should have the COVIDSafe app running as you go about your daily business and come into contact with people.

Users will receive daily notifications to ensure the COVIDSafe app is running.

The information is encrypted and that encrypted identifier is stored securely on your phone. Not even you can access it.

The contact information stored in people’s mobiles is deleted on a 21-day rolling cycle.

This period takes into account the COVID-19 incubation period and the time it takes to get tested.