As the weeks go by, more and more ways to obtain, register and manage the COVID certificate appear. Different shapes which, although they appear similar, have important differences in several respects. Let’s briefly review what options we have and when it is better to use one or the other method.

Confidentiality, ease of use and ease of procedures

For this comparison, we’ll look at three key points of the overall certificate management experience: system privacy, ease of obtaining, and ease of use once we have the certificate on our devices. And with this in mind, we will analyze Ministry of Health Wallet format download, PDF download without conversion, and PDF to Wallet pass conversion with third party apps or services. In summary, the comparison looks like this:

Security and confidentiality

Easy to use

Ease of paperwork

Download in Wallet format from the Ministry of Health

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Download as PDF without conversion

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Convert PDF to Wallet Pass with third party apps or services

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Download in Wallet format from the Ministry of Health

After seeing the summary, let’s expand a bit on the information and why we made this classification. Let’s start with the recommended option: download the certificate in Wallet format from the Ministry of Health. The COVID Certificate, without being a DNI or a Passport, is a very important document that should not be taken lightly. In that sense, being able to download it directly from an official body’s website is always the best.

The ease of use of the certificate once received is the best, since we will find it in the Wallet app of our iPhone or Apple Watch whenever we need it, ready to be displayed or even shared in family circles.

However, the procurement system presents some difficulties. Not in receiving it, which reaches us in the form of a link by SMS, but in accessing the form necessary to make the request. Here it is important to have the identity certificates correctly installed or to be correctly registered in the Cl @ ve system.

Download as PDF without conversion

The second best option to get and manage the COVID certificate is to download the PDF with the QR code directly from the activated website in each Autonomous Community. This is the simplest system because, unlike the previous method, you don’t need as much information to access the procedure and download the PDF. Concerning confidentiality and security, it is maximum, since we download the document from the official site, without intermediaries.

However, the use is not the simplest. Having to unlock iPhone, access files, search and open PDF to view certificate is far from the convenience of accessing from Wallet. Not to mention that we won’t be able to teach it directly on the Apple Watch unless we save a capture in Photos, for example.

Convert PDF to Wallet Pass with third party apps or services

The least recommended option, but, admittedly, very comfortable. Here we get the original certificate in PDF format which is very simple and then we use a third party website or application to store or transform the information. While most apps and websites guarantee data security, we rely on a third-party service which at best may have security or design flaws.

It is true that scanning the application code to register it is very simple, but we have to be careful which application or web service we choose, a decision that we do not have to make in either case. previous ones. In terms of ease of use, once the conversion is done, it depends on the service chosen, if the result is saved in Wallet the experience will be good, if it is stored in the same application it will depend on its design.

At the end of the day, it’s about seeing which system is the most comfortable for us. If we don’t have the necessary certificates, for example, requesting the QR code in PDF will always be the easiest option. If we often have to show the certificate, uploading it in Wallet format directly from the Ministry of Health is the best option. And if we need a bit of both worlds, we can resort to third-party apps or services, but always with caution.