Next Step OWLcard Mobile

Go OWLcard mobile. You will use your OWLcard to enter Temple buildings, access the gym, dine in our food court, print in the TECH Center, and so much more.

OWLcard “Mobile First” Adoption

Temple University is adopting a “Mobile First” strategy regarding the Temple OWLcard.  University students and employees will be expected to download the OWLcard Mobile credential to their Apple or Android device to be used as their primary identification on campus.  Physical OWLcards will be provided as an alternative only when a mobile device is unavailable, or there is a university system that does not accept the OWLcard mobile solution.  Use your mobile device on the Main and Ambler campuses for building access, meal plans, Recreation Services, printing, entry to front doors of residence halls and parking facilities.

New Students and First Time OWLcard Mobile Users

Before setting up OWLcard mobile, you should:

  • Review the OWLcard mobile checklist
  • Complete the TwoStep verification Next Step in TUportal. This will appear in the Student Tools tab under Next Steps.
TwoStep Verification on TUportal

TwoStep Verification on TUportal

Minimum Phone/Watch Requirements:

Apple iPhone or Watch:


iPhone 6/6 Plus or later with iOS 12 or later, Apple Watch Series 1 or later, and watch OS 5 or later.

Android version 5.0 or later, Android device that has NFC capability, Google Pay Enabled, and NFC Enabled

OWLcard Mobile Checklist

Please make sure that all the following conditions have been met BEFORE you attempt to download your OWLcard.

OWLcard Mobile Checklist

Make sure that all the following conditions have been met BEFORE you attempt to download your OWLcard Mobile:

  1. You have an approved photo on file. Not sure? You can verify this in TUportal
  • Select Student Tools Tab
  • Select Get My TUid from the left-hand navigation.
  • If you see a photo of yourself on your OWLcard, you are good to go. If not, you will need to submit a photo or make an appointment to have a photo taken.
  1. New students must be registered for orientation or for the current/upcoming semester on a domestic campus.
  2. Your phone has NFC (specifically for Android) and it is enabled
  3. ApplePay or Google Pay is enabled

Apple iPhone Region setting is United States. ApplePay does not work in other regions.

  • Go to: General > Language & Region >Region and select United States

Apple iPhone Settings for ‘unrestricted access’

  • Go to: Screen time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restriction > Web Content and select unrestricted access

Be sure to set up Multi-Factor Authentication.

Checklist complete? Let's go to set up