NFC On iPhone


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What is NFC!

Nfc is a chip that was introduced for iPhones and many users are not aware of this facility. Nfc is a radio technology that allows data to be transferred between android smartphones and apple devices within a short distance of a maximum of 1,6cm (near field communication) ,which is similar to the Bluetooth technology. Nfc function can be safer because of the advanced technology.

Only small amounts of data that are written on electric tags which is also called as NFC tags that have been attached to physical objects can only be transferred with NFC. NFC tags are available in the form of small stickers that posses a NFC chip on devices.

NFC enabled iPhones

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NFC enabled smartphones were introduced since 2018 , but apple first started to include a nfc in iPhones with the iPhone 6. So from then on nfc chip were included in all apple models that came next as in:

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6s, 6s plus, iPhone SE (1st gen and 2nd gen) , iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, iPhone X, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R and iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 pro (max).

How to use NFC on iPhone?

Way of using the nfc differs according to the iPhone devices model that you are using.

With iOS 14 operating system , the nfc tag reader is available in the default for the users who have an iPhone 7. So if you have an iPhone 7 or above then a third party app is not needed to read nfc tags.

To turn on this feature, tap the nfc button in the control center and hold your iPhone closer to a nfc tag to trigger an action. If that button is not available ,add it to your control center as follows;

  1. Open the settings apps on your apple. Then select the " control center" option, scroll down and tap on the green plus button on the left of the NFC tag reader.
  2. iPhone X S (max), iPhone X R, iPhone 11 , iPhone 11 pro max and iPhone SE (2nd gen) models have the " background tag reading " function. Thus you can read nfc tags automatically when the screen of the apple phone is switched on before starting the nfc tags reader. Then the apple phone starts to scan signals in the background. When a nfc support is detected a notification will show on the display asking the user to open the item in the particular nfc reader app.
  3. Moreover, as in iOS 13 and from apple 7 you will not only be able to read nfc tags but also to write them using an nfc app and app tags can also be written by the user and will be possible to link to actions.
  4. If the apple pay wallet is being used , airplane mode is on or if the phone hasn't been unlocked then background tag readings will be unable.

How to create shortcuts automation through nfc tag?

Starting from apple 13 iOS , you can create the automations through the shortcut app on the iPhone device to trigger them through a nfc tag.

So you will get the opportunity for tag reading Nfc tags with your own actions. For example if you hold your iPhone to the tag you can play a song or start a homekit scene. This works well on iPhone xs, iPhone xs max, iPhone xr , iPhone 11, iPhone 11 pro and iPhone pro max.

The nfc automation feature is not supported in older apple versions. You can buy tags in the form of adhesive stickers with a integrated nfc chip from amazon store for a less price.


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Creating shortcuts automation through nfc tags is a very easy process

  • Open the pre installed shortcut apps in your apple phone and go to the Automation option at the bottom. After that tap on the plus button in the top right corner and go to the create personal automation. Then scroll down and choose the nfc as the trigger for your automation. Press the Scan button and keep your apple phone closer to the nfc sticker.
  • After naming the nfc tag, you must tap on "next" in the top right corner. Now you will be able to assign an action to the sticker by tapping on " Add action". After that you need to choose an action from the categories to start by holding the iPhone closer to the sticker. For example: you can tag data to call or send messages.
  • Confirm selection by tapping on " done" in the top right corner and now your first nfc supported automation is ready. You can now keep an nfc sticker anywhere you use your iPhone such as office , bedroom, car and you can label it and start performing actions by scanning your iPhone closer to the tags.

How to use an iPhone nfc reader app?

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You will need a nfc reader app to label and in reading nfc tags in the shortcut app if you do not have an iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro Max. So you can download the free nfc app from the app store. This specific app enables to read nfc tags and labeling on all iOS iPhone models starting from iOS 13 iPhone 7 and also iPhone x. older iOS models like iPhone 6s do not support reading and labeling nfc tags with this app.

What's new in iOS 14 operating system about NFC?

A special nfc has been introduced for the ios 14 newly released operating system.

With iOS 14 , the Apple company has introduced Apple clips which are small versions of the in app that enables you to access any service offered by an app without downloading it. you can download it after getting the service. These new app clips are very light and can be activated using a nfc tag or a QR code.



Frequently Asked Questions

01. What is the size and cost of NFC tags?

Nfc tags use less money and the prices vary according to the memory capacity and speed. Nfc tags come in all shapes and sizes and the size too differs according to the memory and the antenna.


02. Should nfc be on or off?

Nfc turns to be on before you start to use it and it is recommended to turn it off while not scanning to read from electronic tags.


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