Basler Kantonalbank (BKB) PhotoTAN

BKB-E-Banking registration: the straightforward and highly secure process
Basler Kantonalbank (BKB) PhotoTAN

Why not the highly secure login and approval process? It couldn’t be simpler

What is the PhotoTAN device for?
PhotoTAN is a login process whereby the PhotoTAN device generates your password suffix for BKB-E-Banking login or payment approval in BKB-E-Banking.

How does the device work?
The reader device is not connected to your PC or to a network. Scan with the camera of your PhotoTAN device the coloured mosaic on the screen to generate a personal, one-off code for login or payment approval in BKB-E-Banking. PhotoTAN login is available only for BKB-E-Banking (not Mobile Banking).

What have you to know? 
No special technical requirements are necessary for your log-in via PhotoTAN. All you need do is connect the device to your BKB-E-Banking contract first. The straightforward set-up takes just a few steps. It isn’t necessary to install any software or connect to a network. And you needn’t connect the PhotoTAN device to a PC.

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The Basler Kantonalbank PhotoTAN device works using a patented technology whereby a mosaic image is displayed on a BKB-E-Banking login page. This graphic cryptogram is composed of a matrix of coloured dots. The PhotoTAN device deciphers the code for login or payment approval from this matrix. Only one PhotoTAN device can be activated per BKB-E-Banking contract.

Have you already ordered your PhotoTAN and received the device?

If so, you can activate the PhotoTAN device in just a few steps: start the login process in BKB-E-Banking and activate “PhotoTAN”. You will need your personal PhotoTAN activation letter and the password you received by post from Basler Kantonalbank.


  • Independent of operating system
  • No connection to PC required 
  • Screen size 1.77 inches 
  • Dimensions 76 mm (L); 42 mm (W); 8.5 mm (H) 
  • Up to 8 e-banking contracts can be activated per device
  • Rechargeable battery 
  • Weight 25 grams 
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Extent of delivery

  • PhotoTAN device in black
  • USB charging cable

PhotoTAN Support

BKB E-Serviceline
+41 61 266 36 36

Monday to Friday
08:00 - 18:00