||To observe psychosocial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the population, multiple retrospective studies have been performed in Germany. However, this approach may lead to response bias regarding affective and cognitive processes as it fails to capture situations as they occur (‘in situ’). Identifying those situations in daily life where individuals are emotionally and cognitively affected by Covid-19 can provide valuable insights for mobile experience sampling method studies (MESM) that evaluate participants’ affective and cognitive processes. This study presents an MESM solution (a self-developed smartphone app and server backend) to detect Covid-19 induced ‘in-situ frames’ which was successfully used in a long-term psychosocial study in Berlin (Germany) from November 2021 to January 2022. As highly sensitive personal data (e.g., emotional state, vaccination status and infection state, socio-demographics) have been collected, the solution places a strong emphasis on privacy, pseudo-anonymization, data-minimization, and security. To support long-time motivation for the participants, good usability and user experience containing gamification elements were also realized. The results indicate that Covid-19-related situations expressed by means of a high emotional risk perception could be identified even though participants located themselves in “rather Covid-19 free” private spaces.