3 Best Ways To Use NFC Tag Reader On iPhone (iOS)

Over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate the subtle power of iPhone’s near-field communication (NFC) capabilities.

NFC is not just another acronym in the tech world, but a transformative technology that’s subtly changing how we interact with devices in our daily lives. Today, I want to share my top three ways to make the most of the NFC Tag Reader on your iPhone.

The first time I tapped into NFC technology, it felt a bit like stepping into the future. No wires, no typing, just a tap and — voila — things happen. A door unlocks, a website opens, or a payment is made. It’s simple, yet so powerful.

1. Home Automation

Home automation using NFC is like wielding a magic wand, triggering multiple actions with just a single tap.

Step 1: Begin by purchasing NFC tags that are compatible with your iPhone.

Step 2: Navigate to the “Home” app on your iPhone and ensure that your smart home devices are properly set up. If you need help with this step, Apple’s HomeKit Setup Guide is a great resource.

Step 3: Go to the “Automation” tab at the bottom of the “Home” app.

Step 4: Tap the “+” symbol in the top right corner to create a new automation.

Step 5: Scroll down and tap on “NFC.”

Step 6: You’ll then be prompted to scan your NFC tag and assign a name to it. Hold your iPhone near the tag to scan it.

Step 7: Choose which actions you want to take place when the NFC tag is scanned, such as adjusting the thermostat, turning off lights, or locking doors.

NFC tag, your chosen automation sequence will occur.

Home Automation

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2. Web-Based Actions

One of the easiest ways to get started with NFC is to set up web-based actions, like launching a specific website, playlist, or app.

Step 1: Download an NFC writing app like NFC Tools.

Step 2: Open the app and tap “Write.”

Step 3: Select “Add a Record.”

Step 4: Choose “URL/URI,” then input the web address you want the NFC tag to open.

Step 5: Tap “OK,” then “Write” and hold your iPhone near the NFC tag to write the data.

NFC-enabled smartphone who taps that tag will be taken directly to the URL you specified.

Web-Based Actions

3. Contactless Payments

NFC technology has revolutionized the way we make payments. Apple Pay lets you make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web.

Step 1: Open the “Wallet” app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap the “+” button in the upper right-hand corner.

Step 3: Follow the prompts to add a new credit or debit card. You might need to download your bank’s app for this part of the process.

Step 4: Verify your card for Apple Pay. This process can vary depending on your bank, but usually involves receiving a verification code via text or email.

Step 5: Once your card is verified and added to Apple Pay, you can use it for contactless payments. Just look for the contactless payment symbol at checkout, then hold your iPhone near the payment reader with your thumb on the Touch ID button or your face in view for Face ID.

For more detailed instructions, Apple’s guide on how to use Apple Pay is an excellent resource.

NFC, you can transform your iPhone into a versatile tool that simplifies your life, and I truly believe it’s an innovation that is well worth your time to explore. Have fun discovering what else you can do with your NFC-enabled iPhone!

Contactless Payments

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Benjamin Johnson

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