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An NFC chip has been included in the iPhone since its introduction. The Near Field Communication technology, which has been included in all current iPhone models since the iPhone 6, allows for cashless and contactless purchases with Apple Pay, among other things. In spite of this, only a small number of users are familiar with the operation and use of this short-range radio technology. How to utilise NFC on your iPhone is shown in this video, which covers all of the essentials.
With each new iPhone, Apple introduces a new word, in this case Near Field Communication (NFC). Despite this, many people are still baffled as to what it is and how to utilise it. Nonetheless, the functionality may be stated in a few sentences: It is a radio technology that allows data to be communicated between devices over a small distance – up to 16 inches – and is thus comparable to the well-known Bluetooth technology in that it allows data to be transmitted between devices over a short distance. Because the effective exchange of data necessitates that the transmitter and receiver be in close proximity to one another, NFC is especially secure because it is more difficult to spy on or intercept the device.
Using NFC, on the other hand, only little quantities of data encoded on electronic tags (so-called NFC tags) that are connected to physical objects may be exchanged between them. It is possible to purchase NFC tags that are little stickers that include an NFC chip that may be characterised with a variety of information. Information about individual items at a supermarket or information on displays in a museum, for example, would fall into this category.
Despite the fact that the first NFC-enabled cellphones were produced in 2008, Apple has just recently begun equipping all subsequent iPhone models with an NFC module, beginning with the iPhone 6. As a result, the following iPhone models are equipped with an NFC chip:
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (1st & 2nd gen.), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR as well as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro (Max)
There are many various methods to make advantage of the NFC feature on an iPhone, depending on the model. The “NFC Tag Reader” feature is now accessible by default to all customers who have at least an iPhone 7 or later, as of iOS 14. In other words, if you have an iPhone 7 or later, you no longer need a third-party software to read Near Field Communication (NFC). You may enable this function by touching the NFC button in the control centre, and then holding your iPhone near an NFC tag will cause an action to be performed on your iPhone.
If the button is not visible on your screen, you may need to add it to the Control Center. Proceed as follows:
The iPhone XS (Max), iPhone XR, iPhone 11, as well as the iPhone 11 Pro (Max) and iPhone SE (2nd gen.) models, on the other hand, are equipped with the so-called “Background Tag Reading” functionality, which allows them to read tags in the background of images. As a result, NFC tags may be read instantly as soon as the iPhone screen is turned on, without the need to first launch the NFC Tag Reader application. After that, the iPhone searches for comparable signals in the surrounding environment. Upon detection of a tag, a notice is shown on the device’s display, urging the user to open the item in the appropriate NFC application.
It should be noted that, starting with iOS 13 and the iPhone 7, it is no longer only able to read but also to write NFC tags when using an NFC application. Tags may also be created by the user and connected to certain activities inside such an app, if one exists (more on this below).
Using the Shortcut app on your iPhone, you can construct so-called “automations,” which may then be triggered by an NFC tag. This feature is available starting with iOS 13. You will be able to label and execute NFC tags with your own actions – such as playing music or initiating HomeKit scenes – as soon as you place your iPhone close to the tag for the first time beginning today.
It only works on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max. It does not function on any other models of iPhone. Older iPhone devices do not have the capability to automate via NFC. On a side note, you can get the essential tags in the form of sticky stickers with an embedded NFC chip on Amazon for a very reasonable price.
This seems to be complex at first glance, but in reality it is child’s play. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, which comes pre-installed, and choose the “Automation” option at the bottom of the screen. Then choose “Create Personal Automation” from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the screen.
Scroll down and pick “NFC” as the trigger for your (as of yet uncreated) automation from the drop-down menu. Then tap the “Scan” button on your iPhone while holding it up to the NFC sticker.
Click on “NFC” as the trigger for your (as of yet uncreated) automation in the drop-down menu that appears after scrolling down. Then, while holding your iPhone up to the NFC sticker, press and hold the “Scan” button on your iPhone.
Confirm your selection by tapping on “Done” in the top right corner, and you have successfully established your first NFC-supported automation. With the introduction of NFC stickers, you can now put them in areas where you often use your iPhone – such as the workplace, bedroom, vehicle, or front door – and identify them as well as conduct tasks by just holding your iPhone near the sticker.