Safer Badgers - Replacing the APK Android app with the Play Store version

This document describes how to replace the UW-Madison downloaded version of the Safer Badgers app with Google Play Store version.

Due to delays in the Google Play Store approval process, we made the Android version of Safer Badgers available to download from a UW-Madison secure Box folder. To get app updates and remain current, you must replace the Box download with the Google Play Store version. Follow these steps to uninstall the previous version and download the Google Play Store version. 

Important: Before you begin

Save your COVID-19 Private Key as described in Safer Badgers - COVID-19 Private Key. If you don't take this step you will likely lose your testing history.

Uninstall the Safer Badgers app

The following instructions and screenshots pertain to a Google device running Android 11 and may not work for devices from other vendors or running older versions of Android. Alternate instructions follow after this list of steps. 

  1. Locate the Safer Badgers app icon on your device's home screen or in it's app drawer.
  2. Tap and hold the Safer Badgers app icon until the context menu appears. That menu will contain 3 options: Uninstall, App info and Edit.

    Android context menu

  3. Tap App info. The App info screen contains 3 options; Open, Uninstall and Force Stop.

    Android app info options
  4. Tap Force Stop
  5. Tap OK to confirm when prompted.
  6. Tap Uninstall.
  7. Tap OK to confirm when prompted.

Alternate uninstall instructions for older Android devices

If you aren't able to uninstall the app following the preceding steps, try the following:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Tap on Apps or Application manager.
  3. Tap on the Safer Badgers app icon. You may need to scroll to find it.
  4. Tap Uninstall.

If you are still unable to uninstall the app, please contact the UW-Madison COVID-19 Assistance Line at (608) 262-7777.

Download the app from the Google Play Store

  1. Launch the Play Store app
  2. Tap Search for...
  3. Enter Safer Badgers and tap the search icon.
  4. Tap the Safer Badgers app listing in the search results
  5. Confirm that the app is the official Safer Badgers app. The App publisher will be listed as ROKMETRO, Inc.
  6. Tap install.

Set up the app and restore your COVID-19 Private Key 

See Safer Badgers - Getting started with iOS and Android for steps to set up the Safer Badgers app on your device. 

Check security settings on your Android phone

In the process of downloading the pre-release version of Google Android Safer Badgers, you may have agreed to certain security settings on your smart phone. Please follow these steps to reset those settings.

  1. Launch Settings on your smart phone.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Advanced.
  4. Tap Special app access.
  5. Tap Install unknown apps.
  6. Check for any apps listed as Allowed, tap the specific app, and move the slider for Allow from this source to the left.
  7. Verify that the app is now listed as Not allowed.

Additional Help

For more information on the COVID-19 measures on campus, please see COVID-19 Response.

For more information on Safer Badgers, please see Safer Badgers.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the UW-Madison COVID-19 Assistance Line at (608) 262-7777.

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