CommCare mobile workers are the accounts people will use to log in on their phones and submit data to your project space. CommCare mobile workers can also log in to CommCareHQ but they will only be able to see the same information on their phone (Your application must be Web Apps-enabled for this to work - see Web Apps).
To manage mobile workers, click on "Users" in the top navigation bar. You will automatically be taken to the Mobile Workers section.
Create a CommCare Mobile Worker
- Navigate to the Mobile Workers page on your CommCareHQ project space.
CommCareHQ > Users > Mobile Workers (the page to manage Mobile Workers will show by default)
- Click on "Create Mobile Worker"
- In the Window that pops up, add a username and password, and click "Create". After clicking on "Create" your new mobile worker has been created; it is NOT necessary to add any additional information unless you choose to.
The username and password you set here will be what the CommCare mobile worker uses to log into the phone application.
Note: All usernames must be in the Roman alphabet, and once created the username can NOT be changed! (More information on usernames, see choosing a username section below)
Edit a CommCare Mobile Worker
You can change the First/Last names, E-mail, default language, and role. In general, it is only useful to add the First and Last names as you can see these names in reports, in addition to the username.
It is NOT possible to change the username.
It is possible to add additional information about your users with Custom User Data, an advanced feature. Additional user information you may want to consider are listed below:
- Mobile Phone IMEI number and Device Model for an inventory of the devices handed out to Mobile Workers
- Mobile Worker demographic information such as education, age, literacy for training purposes.
The default language and role are only relevant for mobile workers that are using Web Apps or working on CommCare HQ.
Make sure to add the international country code, without any symbols (do NOT add + or 00). After adding a new number, you will be prompted to verify it. This will send you an SMS to which you must reply.
Change or Reset the password for a mobile worker
On CommCare HQ, you can change or reset the password for any mobile worker by navigating to the "Password" tab and specifying the new password. However, it is important to note that the user login information (username and password) is stored locally on the phone. So, when you change in CommCare HQ, the username and password aren't communicated downward to the phone until the phone "synchronizes with server".
On CommCare, ''Sync with server" is an option on the home page of the phone. So, the CommCare mobile worker must synchronize with the server for the username and/or password change to reflect on the phone side.
Use Bulk Upload to create multiple users at once
This feature requires a CommCare Software Plan
This feature (Bulk User Management) is only available to CommCare users with a Standard Plan or higher. For more details, see the CommCare Software Plan page.
- Navigate to the Mobile Workers page on your CommCareHQ project space, as above.
CommCareHQ > Users > Mobile Workers (the page to manage Mobile Workers will show by default
- Click on "Bulk Upload"
- Follow the three steps indicated to download the user.xlsx file. This contains all of your current user data. This is the same data accessible by clicking the "Download Mobile Workers" button shown above:
- The first tab contains a row for each mobile worker with the following data:
- The second tab contains a row for each group, with its id, name, and whether it is a case sharing group and/or reporting group.
- Click the "Upload mobile workers" button to upload the completed file.
Search for Mobile Workers
You can use the search box to find specific mobile workers. Type in any word to search for that term across all columns, or use the syntax below to search in a specific column.
Insert the first name or the last name of the mobile worker that you are searching for.
You can search by the dates date_joined, last_login, e.g.
date_joined:[2011-01-01 TO 2012-01-01]
last_login:[2013-01-01 TO *]
date_joined:[2011-01-01 TO *] AND last_login:[2013-01-01 TO *]
Searching across multiple columns
Searches can be chained using AND and OR, e.g. but AND and OR must be capitalized.
first_name:parker AND last_login:[2012-01-01 TO *]
"*" can be appended to the end of search terms to perform partial searches, e.g.
if searching for mobile worker with a name that begins with "chris" then type chris*
The above will return any mobile worker whose first name begins with "chris" - e.g. users named Christopher, Christine, Chrissy would all be returned
Deactivate and Delete Mobile Workers
You can unclutter your reports in two different ways. You may either deactivate (formerly "Archive") a user, removing them from the limelight while keeping their data around in the export; or you can delete a user removing all their data permanently.
This will remove users from the report dashboards while keeping their data in the export. Deactivate a user by clicking the "deactivate" button on the main Mobile Workers page. Deactivated users will no longer be able to log into a new phone for the first time. (Note that you can deactivate a large number of mobile workers by following the "Bulk deactivation" process below)
If a deactivated user submits a form, the following will occur:
- If your app is using secure submissions, deactivated users' new submissions will be rejected and will stay on the phone
- If your app is not using secure submissions, then it behaves like any other submission, and all case transactions are processed
- Note: Secure Submissions are enabled for your project by default. For more information, please see this help page
Activate Deactivated Users
If you have deactivated users, you can click on the Show Deactivated Users link to display them on the screen. Click on reactivate to start displaying this user's data in the reports once again.
Note: Deactivate mobile worker was formerly called Archive mobile worker. When looking for information in the Commcare User's Forum relevant discussions may sometimes be described as "archive"
Bulk Deactivation of Mobile workers
If you need to deactivate a large number of mobile workers, follow those steps. Please note that this feature requires a paid software plan.
- Go to the User page, click "Bulk upload", click on "download Mobile workers", get to the downloaded excel spreadsheet
- For the workers you want to deactivate, go to the column "is active" and change the value to false.
- Save the Excel file. Re-upload the excel file.
Deleting Mobile Users: Are you sure you want to do that?
You may notice that we make it a bit difficult to delete mobile workers. This is because if you delete a mobile worker you will also be deleting all data that that worker ever submitted. It is not possible to ever get that information back if you delete a mobile worker. We very very strongly recommend deactivating mobile workers if there is any chance you will ever want to see any of the data submitted by that worker.
Note: once you delete a mobile worker you can never create a new worker with that username.
This will remove all of the user’s data permanently. Delete a user by clicking on a user's name and navigating to "Permanent Actions". Then press the "Delete Mobile Worker" button and follow the directions.
Things to keep in mind before deleting users
- Let's say that while you were testing your app, you created a mobile worker called "test". You might play around with the user and submit a few forms, but none of that data is real so it shouldn't interfere with the real data, and you will never need to use this data again. In this case, you may want to delete the user and all their data.
- Let's say instead that you have a mobile worker who has submitted some data but who has taken a leave of absence. You do not want them showing up in your reports day-to-day, but you want to keep their data around. Then you would deactivate them.