So, you want to contribute to your country’s digitization. Nice.
Jai Hind to you as well, my good sir.
And then you tried to sign-up for the job, but then ended up double-checking your Aadhaar card to see if you made a mistake because of that “Aadhaar Authentication Not Successful.“ message. Also nice.
And then—like me—you ended up doubting if your Aadhaar card’s even authentic. Nice.
Well, it isn’t your fault. India is just very, very highly “developed” in terms of technology. In fact, you may have noticed, that the level of “developed-ness” is so high, that the DigitizeIndia website itself isn’t a secure website (that is, doesn’t have an HTTPS protocol), has no valid certificate because their certificate expired 126 days ago, and of course—being a website of the government of India—is down almost all day. The magnitude of irony in this paragraph is quite high… Anyway, let’s get to how to fix it, shall we?
NOTE: Although this will help you sign-up successfully, I do not know if you will be able to login later. This seems to be an issue for a lot of people, so give it a try and see for yourself.
Step 1: Visit the website through PC on the Google Chrome browser
This guide requires you to open the sign-up page through Google Chrome on your computer, not your phone, because we’ll be using the ‘Inspect Element’ feature of Chrome to fix this entire issue. So, go ahead, fire up your Chrome and visit the sign-up page.
Step 2: Fight off the “Your connection is not private” page
You might be greeted with a page that looks like this:
Don’t worry, just click on that “ADVANCED” button there and then click “Proceed to digitizeindia.gov.in (unsafe)” at the bottom, it’s nothing. Definitely won’t make sparks fly out of your CPU, so chill.
Step 3: Fill the form’s “fill-able” part
Now, fill the form. This includes your name, date of birth, and Aadhaar card number. DO NOT click on “Validate Aadhaar”.
Now, you’ll notice that all the other fields are disabled. This is what we’ll take care of so we can proceed with the “Register Now” button later.
Step 4: Use ‘Inspect’ in Chrome to fill the rest of the form
For this step, you’re going to right-click on the very first disabled text field (User Name), and then select the last option in the menu which says “Inspect”, then you’ll get a right/left hand side panel that looks like something straight out of the Matrix movies, just like this:
As you can see, in the highlighted portion, near the end there is a “disabled”. You’re going to simple double-click on this “disabled” and erase it. Nothing else, not the “>”, just the text that says “disabled”. It should then look something like this:
Then, click on the User Name field again, and you’ll notice that the text field is now editable, and not disabled/blocked/grayed like it was before, like this:
Go ahead and add a username, and then repeat the same process for all the other fields left, by right-clicking on each field and removing the “disabled” parts in the Inspect panel.
Step 5: Getting past the checkbox at the bottom
This part was a little tricky to figure out, because as you probably noticed, the checkbox is disabled and it doesn’t open the menu to the Inspect panel. So to check the box, simply right-click on the text which is right below it, which says “By registering I agree to Digitize India Platforms Terms and Conditions”, doesn’t matter where exactly, just on the text. Like this:
Then, you’ll notice that it highlights a block of text in the Inspect panel that doesn’t have any “disabled” in it. But if you look slightly just above it, you’ll find:
There, you’ve found the “disabled” associated with the checkbox. Now, do the same as the text fields and erase the “disabled” from it. You should now be able to check the box.
Step 6: Pray for Indian technology
Well, we’re still stuck at developing and struggling with 4G networks, unstable internet, and no network coverage in many, many areas. We’re the cavemen of this era, still figuring out how to make a wheel out of stone. So yes, why not, pray for Indian technology.