Activating Your UAN for Enhanced PF Management and Control – A Comprehensive Guide

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In my role as an HR professional, I frequently come across individuals who encounter difficulties accessing the UAN portal. They often engage in discussions with HR personnel, questioning why their account isn’t active despite company deposits.

The response to this inquiry is that activating the UAN rests solely on the employee’s shoulders.

To guide you through the process, you can adhere to the steps outlined below to successfully activate your UAN.


In today’s digitally driven world, activating your UAN is more than just a technicality; it’s a strategic step towards financial empowerment. From reviewing your basic and nominee details on a timely basis, to monitoring, managing, and accessing your PF funds seamlessly, you gain control over your secure future and ensure prosperity.

Activating your UAN is a crucial step to take advantage of these benefits. This guide will walk you through the process of activating your UAN with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Pre-requisite

Before you start the UAN activation process, make sure you have Aadhaar Card, Pan Card, and Previous PF account details (if applicable) ready,

Ensure that you are eligible to activate your UAN. Typically, if you’re a salaried employee contributing to the EPF, you are eligible for a UAN,

Before proceeding with UAN activation, contact your employer to generate your UAN. They will initiate the process from their end.

Step 2: Activation of Your UAN

You can activate your UAN through the UAN portal by following these steps:

  1. Visit the EPF or UAN eSewa Portal: Visit the official EPFO website at and locate to the ‘For Employees’ Section or visit to the UAN eSewa portal and click on the “Activate UAN” link,
  • Provide Personal Details: On the UAN Activation page, you’ll be required to provide personal details. This includes UAN number, Aadhaar number followed by Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, capture Captcha and the end click on the consent to get the OTP (ensure the details match those provided to your employer). Refer to the screenshot below:
  • Verification Process: You will receive an OTP (One-Time Password) on your registered mobile number. Enter this OTP in the designated field to verify your identity.

Alternatively, you can choose Aadhar-based verification. Enter your Aadhar number and click on the “Generate OTP” button. Verify the OTP to complete the Aadhar-based verification.

Enter OTP and click on Activate UAN to activate the same.

  • Set Up Password and Security Questions: After successful verification, you’ll be prompted to set up a password for your UAN account.

Additionally, set up security questions and provide answers. These will be used for account recovery purposes.

  • Activation Confirmation: Upon completing the password setup, you will receive a confirmation message indicating that your UAN has been successfully activated.

Note down your UAN and password in a secure place.

Linking Existing PF Accounts, if applicable (Optional):

If you have multiple PF accounts from different employers, you can link them to your UAN for centralized management. This helps in tracking your PF contributions more effectively.

Benefits of Activating UAN:

By activating your UAN, you gain access to numerous benefits, including:

  • Easy access to PF account details
  • Reviewing and revising eNomination
  • Online PF withdrawal and transfer
  • Tracking PF contribution and balance
  • Managing KYC information
  • Access to UAN passbook and statement

Troubleshooting and FAQs

If you encounter issues during UAN activation, such as name or date of birth mismatches, you can resolve them through the EPFO grievance portal. To know more, click here:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UAN activation are available on the EPFO website for additional assistance. Click on the below link to access the page.


Activating your UAN is a crucial step towards ensuring financial security and easy management of your EPF accounts. By following this step-by-step guide, you can activate your UAN hassle-free and enjoy the benefits of streamlined PF account management. Take charge of your financial future today by activating your UAN! Happy Reading…. 😊

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