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How to Use the MGScanner App for COVID-19 Testing at UMD

In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, we now process all on-campus COVID-19 tests through the Maryland Genomics Sample Scanner (MGScanner) mobile app.

  • Before presenting for testing, download the MGScanner mobile app.
  • If you do not have a mobile device, staff at the COVID-19 testing site will assist you in registering manually.


On This Page:

Download the App

1. On your mobile device, head to the appropriate app store.

  1. Apple (iPhone)
  2. Google Play (Android)

2. Download and install the application.
Screenshot the MarylandGenomics Sample Scanner listing in a mobile app store


3. If you encounter issues, please email or staff can assist you at the testing site.

Register the App

  1. Open the MG Scanner app on your phone.
    Icon for MGScanner mobile app


  2. Scroll and read the consent agreement and click the green "I agree" button at the bottom.
    Screenshot within MGScanner app of a green button with the words "I Agree"


  3. Click the register box on the homepage of the app.
    Screenshot within the MGScanner app showing a message about registering the device


  4. Navigate to from your mobile device or your computer. Navigate to MGScanner Registration.
    • From your mobile device - click “Register” on the MGScanner Registration page.
    • From your computer - point your mobile device at the QR code.
      Click the green camera icon on the MGScanner Registration page.
      Registration id number will be captured, click “Next”.


  5. A verification code will then be sent to your email address. Check your email, retrieve your MGScanner verification code and enter the numeric code into the app.


  6. Congratulations! Now that registration is completed, you are now ready to scan your first self-swab sample.
    Screenshot from the Maryland Genomics app with a message that registration is complete


Scan the Barcode for Vial Sample Collection

Barcode Number - YES

Unique barcode on the side of a test specimen vial


QR Code - NO

QR code on the side of a test specimen vial marked with a red "X"

Check Your Results

Your COVID-19 testing results will be made available to you in the University Health Center Patient Portal. If you need support, please contact

Common Error messages

If you have tried registering using the instructions above and are still experiencing issues, please email or staff can assist you upon arrival at the testing site.

This invariably means that you scanned the QR code on the tube, rather than the barcode.  Please try scanning the correct barcode on the tube.

If you are unable to scan for any other reason, please email or staff can assist you at the testing site.

ADA Accommodations

The University will make every effort to provide accommodations for testing participants per the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as amended. If you require accommodations for the COVID-19 Testing Clinic, please use this form to submit a request:

Request for Special Accommodations


About Maryland Genomics

The Maryland Genomics Sample Scanner app does not store GPS information, phone numbers, vaccination status, or any other information not required to process your lab specimen. The app is not used for contact tracing. Your COVID-19 testing results will be made available to you in the University Health Center Patient Portal. If you need support, please contact

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