mySafaricom App Adds Fingerprint Protection and Bonga Points Redemption in Latest Update

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There are many things you can do with the new mySafaricom App, the utility solution provided by Kenya’s biggest operator.

We have since covered some of its features, and for those who cannot go through the post, here are some of the things you can do with it:

  1. Log in to the app via a Wi-Fi connection, but you need to have an Android device that runs Android 9 Pie or under.
  2. Share M-PESA messages without showing your balance to the recipient of a payment.
  3. Access robust M-PESA statements.
  4. Scan a scratch card instead of dialing the numbers directly to top up.
  5. Read your dailies from the app.
  6. Manage your bills like never before.
  7. Check your post-pay balances.
  8. Get free 500 MBs for first-time mySafaricom app users.

That is not all, because as you experience the app, you will see some nifty features that we cannot fully explore here.


Nonetheless, Safaricom has updated the app today to include one of the most sought-after features: fingerprint recognition.

Users can now redeem Bonga Points from within the app. This is something that was not available before.

Now, rest assured that no one will poke around the app, and checking your balances (ordinary balances like airtime and data do not need PIN authentication for obvious reasons) without your permission.

There are many other things that the app can do, and previously, we mentioned that Wi-Fi activation should be available for everyone else and not a small group; and while that may not be the case soon, the app should at least let you activate it via a data connection from other carriers.

Also, for people who buy SMS (*188#), it has never been easy to specify if you want to buy them once, or be renewed after every 24 hours. The app does the latter, so you have to use the access code via dialer for flexibility.


Still, these are good updates.

The app can be downloaded here: Android and iOS.


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