American banking major Citigroup has incorporated credit card scanning functionality into its Citi Mobile App.

The new ability will allow US Citi credit cardholders to scan their cards using their mobile device’s in-built camera when activating in the mobile app after which the card account number will populate within the registration.

Following the completion of card account number scanning, cardholders will have to input their CVV, date of birth and last four digits of their SSN to activate their card.

The feature is available on iPhone and Android, and cardholders will be able to scan both embossed as well as non-embossed credit cards with the new functionality.

Alice Milligan, chief customer and digital experience officer for Citi Global Cards and Consumer Services, said: “With more customer logins now occurring through our app than through a browser, we continue to find creative solutions to make their lives simpler and easier.

“By enabling the ability to scan their cards rather than input 16 digits on a mobile keyboard, it further streamlines the credit card activation process in the palm of cardmembers’ hands.”