Keeping a note of your PF balance is of utmost importance. There are multiple ways in which one can accomplish this. You can check your PF account balance either online or by physically visiting the branch office.
EPFO currently has 7 methods to help people check their PF account balance as listed below:
- Check Balance via UAN
- Download PF Passbook via member portal
- Download PF Passbook
- EPF Mobile APP
- EPF Missed Call Service
- EPF Balance Online
- EPF Balance via SMS
1. Check Balance via UAN
The Universal Account number which is given to all eligible members of EPF does not change after you change your job. You can generate your UAN. Upon activation, you will get an SMS every month on your contribution and balance amount.
2. Download PF Passbook via member portal
Prior to the launch of the UAN portal, employees would download their PF account passbook from the member portal. The member portal which is easy to navigate can come to your rescue in case you forget your UAN password or cannot login into the UAN portal or forget your UAN password.
You have to register in the member portal to check your PF account balance. You will have to fill in basic details for successful registration
To log into the member portal for downloading your passbook, you have to enter your PF number only. The portal does not require you to have some specific password in that you can login with the help of your mobile number and KYC document number.
You can successfully download your passbook after entering your PF number. You will receive a onetime password on your mobile for verification/authentication purpose.
3. Download PF Passbook via UAN
You can download your PF e-passbook from the UAN portal as well. You have to activate your UAN account, following which, you can download the passbook. By choosing to check your PF Balance through this method allows you to check your balance amount in addition to the full statement of provident fund account.
4. EPF Mobile APP
You can receive your PF balance after entering your mobile number and UAN by downloading the mobile APP which can be downloaded from the official website of EPFO. You can also make use of this APP to activate your UAN. What’s more, this APP can be used by both pensioners (pension status) and employers (transaction status).
5. EPF Missed Call Service
In one of the simplest ways of checking your account balance offered free, you have to give a missed call to a number, following which, you will receive an SMS on your latest balance. The number is 011 2290 1406.
6. Check EPF Balance Online
As per this method which is not used very often, you should enter details such as your mobile number and PF number on the ‘know your PF balance page‘. As a result, balance details are sent to your mobile. However, you get details regarding your employer contribution, pension amount and employee contribution separately.
7. PF Balance via SMS
You can check your balance amount in your PF account via an SMS in your language. The SMS service can be useful if you cannot make a call from your mobile. An SMS has to be sent in the “EPFOHO UAN ENG” format & send it to 7738 299 899.
Reasons for Less PF Amount than Expected
There are chances that your PF account balance may seem less than your expectations due to some reasons as listed below:
- An employer’s entire contribution is not deposited into the PF account in that 8.33% goes for pension while the remaining goes into the PF account. In a nutshell, the PF balance can seem less due to deduction vis-a-vis employee pension scheme
- You may make the mistake of calculating PF balance based on your current contributions. It is important to note that your PF contribution increases with higher remunerations
- It is possible that your account balance may not have been updated
- You may have forgotten about any partial withdrawals in the past or any loan against your PF account