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A certificate and a private key can be imported into Personal into Smart ID Desktop App in the format of a .p12 or .pfx file. The certificate is then uploaded to a virtual smart card, which is an advantage compared to managing the certificate in Windows user certificates. One imported profile can only contain one certificate. 


To import a certificate and private key into Personal Smart ID Desktop App, a virtual smart card must first be created. See Create virtual smart card

Step-by-step instruction

This article describes how Follow these steps to import certificates to Smart ID Desktop App (Personal Desktop App).

  1. Start Personal Smart ID Desktop App.

  2. Import the .p12 or .pfx or certificate container file that include the certificate and private key.
    You can either: 

    1. Click Import in the upper right corner of the app and then select the file.

    2. Drag-and-drop the file into the app.

  3. Enter a name for the profile and the certificate password.

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