When incorporated into your daily routine, NFC can make your life much easier. You can use NFC tags to automate most of your tasks with a quick scan. You may already be familiar with NFC payments, but there is a lot more you can do with the technology. For example, you can program an NFC tag to share your WiFi password, turn off Bluetooth, play a Spotify playlist, and a lot more. In this article, we show you how to program NFC tags with iPhone and Android devices.
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Here’s what you need
- A blank or reusable NFC tag. You can get a pack of 10 rewritable tags for as low as Rs 360 on Amazon.
- An NFC-enabled NFC smartphone. All Android smartphones do not come with NFC support. Check your device’s specs to see if it is NFC compatible. If you’re using iPhone 7 or higher, it will have NFC support.
- An app to program the NFC tag. Preferably Trigger or NFC Tools.
Program an NFC tag using iPhone
Step 1: Download and install the NFC Tools (or any other NFC tag-writing app) on your iPhone.
Step 2: Launch the NFC Tools app. Turn on NFC on your phone from the Control Centre.
Step 3: Tap on ‘Write’ and select ‘Add a record’.
Step 4: Select an action for the NFC tag. If you want the tag to redirect the user to a website every time it is scanned, tap on ‘URL’. If you want the tag to display someone’s contact info, tap on ‘Contact’.
Step 5: Now enter the relevant data into the app.
Step 6: Tap on ‘Write’ and place your iPhone on the NFC tag. The data that you entered in the app will be written on the tag.
Program an NFC tag using an Android phone
Step 1: Download and install The NFC Tools app from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Switch to the ‘Write’ tab and select ‘Add a record’.
Step 3: Select an action for the NFC tag.
Step 4: Now, enter the data you want to write on the tag.
Step 5: Tap on ‘Ok’ once you’re done.
Step 6: Now, place your phone on top of the NFC tag. You may need to adjust your phone a few times to align it perfectly with the tag. The data you programmed in the app will be written on the tag.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I activate NFC on my phone?
To turn on NFC on your device, simply swipe down from the status bar and tap on ‘NFC’ on the Quick Settings Menu.
Do all phones support NFC?
Not all smartphones support NFC. Most budget Android phones lack this feature. Check your phone’s specifications to see if it is NFC compatible. When it comes to iPhones, only iPhone 7 and above support NFC.
How do I program an NFC tag?
You will need an app like NFC Tools or Trigger to program an NFC tag.
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Writing and programming an NFC tag using your iPhone or Android device is a pretty simple process. Once you get a hang of it, you will be able to use NFC tags in the most creative ways. You can program an NFC tag to share your WiFi password with your guests, make payments, share contact info, and lots more.
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