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How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Your Android phone’s NFC hardware is for more than just transferring content and using mobile payments. You can buy cheap, programmable NFC tags and have your phone automatically perform actions when you touch them.

For example, you could place NFC tags on your bedside table, near your front door, in your car, and on your desk at work. Tapping your phone against them or placing it down on them could automatically select device settings that makes sense in that location.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need just two things for this. First, you’ll need an Android phone with NFC hardware in it — and most Android phones will now offer that. Lower-end Android phones may not include NFC hardware to keep costs low. You can perform a web search for your model of phone and “NFC” or just open its Settings screen. You’ll find the NFC option under more Wireless & networks options. Obviously, the NFC hardware must be enabled for everything else here to work.

Second, you’ll need programmable NFC tags. Search for NFC tags on a site like Amazon.com and you’ll find them available for a fairly low price. Some manufacturers make their own, branded ones — but you don’t need tags made by your Android phone’s manufacturer.

These tags don’t have batteries in them, but they do have a bit of memory. When you place your phone’s NFC reader near them, the NFC reader provides power to the tag, and can read the data from the tag. The tags are programmable, so you can write whatever data you want into the tag from your phone.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Programming the Tags

You’ll now need an app that can program the tags. Android doesn’t include one, but you can search for “nfc tags” on Google Play to find a lot of apps that can handle this for you — including free ones. For example, the NFC Tools app will let you write data to a tag and read the data already on tags.

Install such an app, open it, and choose the data you’d like to write to a tag. You may be able to lock a tag so it can’t be reprogrammed, which may be good if you’re leaving that tag in a public area. However, that means you will never be able to change the data on the tag in the future, so don’t use this option unless you have a good reason to.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Afterwards, you can tap the tag against the NFC reader on the back of your phone, and it’ll copy that data to the tag’s memory. Place the tag in a convenient location for the action you chose.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Using the Tags

Next, you’ll need an app that will respond to the tags. For example, if you used NFC Tools to write data to your tags, you can install the NFC Tasks app. When your phone reads an NFC tag you’ve written instructions to, the NFC Tools app will read the instructions from that NFC tag and perform them.

You can then just place the tags somewhere convenient. Place them on a table, and then place your phone on them when you want to perform the action. Fasten them to a wall near a door if you want to tap your phone against a tag when you leave or enter an area. It’s up to you what you want to use these tags for. The uses are practically endless.

For example, if you regularly need to set an hour-long timer when you do your laundry, you can program an NFC tag to start an hour-long timer and place it next to your laundry machine. Set your phone down on that tag or tap it and it’ll start the laundry rimer. If you regularly pair your phone with a Bluetooth keyboard, you could affix an NFC tag to the back of the keyboard and tap your phone against it to automatically go through the Bluetooth pairing process.

Or, you can set up a tag with your Wi-Fi details, and guests can just tap their phones against the NFC tag to connect to your Wi-Fi network without locating it and entering a passcode. They would need an appropriate app installed on their phone to do this, however.

Apple’s iPhone 6 does have NFC hardware, but apps can’t use it — it’s currently just for Apple Pay. Future software updates might allow you to do more with it, but you can’t right now. Windows Phone does have some support for this as well, so iPhone users are the only ones left out right now.

The Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology is more than just a means of transferring data and making mobile payments. Instead, when paired with smartphones, the NFC technology can do wonders. One such wonder includes using programmable NFC tags and NFC Stickers to make your phone perform actions tailored to your requirements.

The best part?

These programmable tags are often cheap.

You could easily put NFC tags, smart stickers, or smart cards on your side table, the main door, in the car, or even on your desk at work. Swipe your iPhone or Android smartphone against these tags, and the particular device setting that you have programmed in that particular location will instantly be enabled.

HOW DO THESE TAGS WORK?

NFC technology is quite similar to RFID, but not quite the same. These tiny chips are smart and can store information. Once swept against a reader, magnetic induction provides these little tags energy that is then used to provide information.

In a similar way, Digital Business Cards also transfer information when brought close to NFC readers.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED

There are only two things needed for this:

  • Your smartphone
  • Programmable NFC tags

Most, if not all, recent smartphones have the NFC hardware installed in them. You will need to open then “NFC” settings on your phone and enable it to program the tags and the software to work.

Programmable NFC tags, stickers, cards, etc. These can be easily found on websites online. The tags are usually available for a very low price and can be bought in bulk quantities. Once programmed you will be able to use these tags with your smartphones and smart bracelets.

HOW TO PROGRAM THE TAGS

Smartphones don’t usually come with a programming app. You will need to search for one on Google Play or the App Store and find the right app for your programming needs. Once the app id installed, you can open it and decide what data you would like to write on a particular tag. If you’re worried about security breaches, you can use the app to lock the tag so that no one else can reprogram it without authentication. There’s nothing to worry about regarding the security around NFC technology present in the tags because there are encrypted options available as well.

Once you are done, you can tap your phone’s NFC reader against the tags and the data stored in the tag will be copied. Be careful to stick or place the tag you just programmed on the relevant location for which you chose the action. From then onwards, use your phone to control the actions!

It is important to remember, you will need the app permanently to help you navigate these tags. For example, if you need to set a timer on your laundry machine every single day, then you need to have an application on your phone that will give you access to the tag to be able to perform that particular action.

Your Android phone’s NFC receiver can do much more, than just transferring photos and doing mobile payment. Using tiny, cheap NFC tags you can have your phone automatically perform actions when you touch them.

Some great uses are: place NFC tags on your bedside table, near your front door, in your car, and on your desk at work. Tapping your phone against them or placing it down on them could automatically select device settings that makes sense in that location.

How to do this?

At first, you need a smartphone with NFC hardware. Then, second, you’ll need programmable NFC tags.

These tags don’t have batteries in them, but they do have a bit of memory. When you place your phone’s NFC reader near them, the NFC reader provides power to the tag, and can read the data from the tag. The tags are programmable, so you can write whatever data you want into the tag from your phone.

Programming the Tags

NFC reader app is not a default, stock Android app. So visit Play Store and download an NFC reader app, such NFC Tools. You can find lot of other similar apps, just search for “NFC tags” keywords.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Select the data type you want to write and tap tag against the NFC reader on the back of your phone. Done. The tag can be locked after the write process. Be careful, once the tag is locked, then you will not be able to write data again to the tag.

How to use

Next, you’ll need an app that will respond to the tags. For example, if you used NFC Tools to write data to your tags, you can install the NFC Tasks app. When your phone reads an NFC tag you’ve written instructions to, the NFC Tools app will read the instructions from that NFC tag and perform them.

You can then just place the tags somewhere convenient. Place them on a table, and then place your phone on them when you want to perform the action. Fasten them to a wall near a door if you want to tap your phone against a tag when you leave or enter an area. It’s up to you what you want to use these tags for. The uses are practically endless. [via howtogeek]

You can read more about NFC tags on this Instructables page or read see more helpful how to guides.

Cameron Summerson is the Editor in Chief of Review Geek and serves as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He’s been covering technology for nearly a decade and has written over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times. Read more.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Android Auto recently made its way to phones, eliminating the need for a $1000+ head unit to get its road-friendly features. And while you can set Auto to automatically launch when a specific Bluetooth device (like your car) is connected, what about those who may not have a Bluetooth-enabled car stereo? NFC is the answer.

NFC—or Near Field Communication— is a simple but relatively modern technology that allows phones to communicate wirelessly with just with a tap. Two NFC-equipped phones can send data to each other this way, but it’s more commonly used with NFC “tags”: small programmable chips that make it incredibly easy to share data or launch activities. NFC is also used for Android Pay (and Apple Pay for iOS users). NFC chips are incredibly inexpensive, with bundles of 10-12 usually going for around $8 to $10. That’s a lot of utility for not a lot of money.

One very cool, yet very simple thing you can do to make your life easier is write Android Auto to an NFC tag—an NFC key chain would be great for this—so you can instantly launch it as soon as you get in the car. If you have a dock for your phone, you could even write this data to a tag and stick it to the dock—this way, as soon as you drop your phone in the dock, boom: Auto pops up on the screen.

Once you have your tags in-hand, you’ll need to install an app that can write to the tag. We’ll be using NFC Tools for this tutorial, as it’s easy to use and full-featured.

With the app installed, go ahead and launch it. A tutorial explaining NFC will start—if you’re curious about NFC, read it. It’s helpful! After the tutorial, you’re going to need to erase your tag. Tap the “Other” tab in NFC Tools, then tap the “Erase Tag” option.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

It will start looking for a tag here—just rub the tag around on the back of your phone till it gives some sort of audible notification. The NFC chip is located in different places on different phones, so you may have to fiddle with it a bit before you find yours. Once the tag has been erased, the app will give a notification.

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Now that the tag is clean and ready for data, move over to the “Write” tab. This is where you’ll set everything up to add Android Auto to the tag. Tap the “Add record” button to get started. There are a slew of different options here (all things you can do with NFC!), but you’re looking for one in particular: Application. Find that option (it’s closer to the bottom of the list) and tap it.

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The next screen will prompt you to “Enter your package name,” but I can’t imagine most users know the exact name of what they’re looking for, so instead tap the icon next to the text box. This will launch a list of all the installed applications. Find Android Auto and tap it.

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With Auto selected, tap the “OK” button at the bottom.

Now, you can add more functions here if you’d like. For example, you can have the tag automatically disable Wi-Fi and enable Bluetooth alongside launching Android Auto. Just tap the “Add a record” button to add more functionality. For the sake of this tutorial, however, we’re going to stick with just launching Auto.

With everything set and ready to go, tap the “Write” button. The same dialog from earlier (when you were erasing the tag) will appear. Tap the tag on the phone again. Once again, a notification will show up once it’s finished writing—this will only take a split-second.

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That’s it! Now all you have to do is tap your phone on the tag (with the display on, of course), and Android Auto will launch instantly. Handy!

Cameron Summerson is the Editor in Chief of Review Geek and serves as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He’s been covering technology for nearly a decade and has written over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times. Read more.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Near-Field Communication, or NFC, is an incredibly useful technology that gets ignored far too often. While it can be used for advanced automation of things on your Android phone, it can also be used for equally simplistic stuff, like easily sharing your home Wi-Fi data with friends.

What You’ll Need

NFC, as we’ve discussed before, allows you to tap your phone to an NFC-enabled object—like a pastic “tag”—and have it perform a certain action on your phone. This is what allows you to pay for your groceries with Android Pay, and perform other similar tasks. But by buying some NFC tags online, you can customize them to perform nearly any action you want.

Before we get into the specifics of this trick, let’s first talk about what you’ll need to get started. First, you’ll need a compatible phone. Basically nearly all modern Android phones should have NFC capabilities, but you can jump into Settings > More (under the “Wireless & networks” section)—if “NFC” is an option here, then your phone has it. If not, well, it doesn’t. Easy enough.

Next, you’ll need to get some NFC tags. If you all you ever plan on doing is adding simple things like Wi-Fi, then almost any model of NFC tag will work—just search Amazon for “NFC tags” and they’ll probably work. If you want to eventually used NFC tags to do more advanced things, then you’ll want to get more modern tags that have higher capacity—these are known as “NTAG216” chips. If you don’t know what to buy, just buy these—if you’re having a hard time finding them, NTAG213 is also a good choice.

Once you have your tags in hand, you’ll need to install an app on your phone to interface with these tags—most need to be erased before they can be re-written. I generally use NFC Tools to do this, as it’s easy to use and does essentially everything you could want it to do.

Step One: Erase Your NFC Tag

Okay, now that you have everything you need, fire up NFC Tools. There will be a quick tutorial the first time you run it—read it, skip it…do whatever you want. We’re only using it for one thing: erasing your new tag. With NFC Tools open, navigate to the “Other” tab, then select the “Erase tag” option. It will tell you to “approach an NFC tag.”

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This can be the tricky part: depending on your device, the NFC chip will vary in location, so you may have to move the tag around on the back of your device a little bit. It will give an audible notification once you’ve found the right spot, and it should only take a split second to erase the tag. Once it’s finished, the app will let you know.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Step Two: Write the Wi-Fi Data to Your NFC Tag

Now that you have a blank tag to work with, jump back into the Settings menu, then into Wi-Fi. A lot of NFC tricks require a separate app, but if you want to write Wi-Fi data, the functionality is built right into Android.

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In this menu, long-press on the network that you want to write its data to the NFC tag. A handful of options will show up, but you want “Write to NFC tag.” Tap it.

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The next menu will ask you to input the network’s password. Go ahead and enter that, then tap the “Write” option.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

A screen will appear that shows the device it looking for the tag. Tap the tag on the same spot you did earlier to erase it, and within seconds the phone will let you know that writing the network was a success.

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And that’s that. The next time someone comes over that needs to log in to your network, have them tap their Android phone to the tag. The phone should ask if they want to connect—all they have to do is tap “Connect.” Bam.

Soon “smart NFC tags” that can be programmed to do many different things will become a common thing. Imagine just tapping you smartphone on the NFC tec tag sticker on your dashboard and suddenly the GPS turns itself on OR the Bluetooth on your phone gets turned on and synced with the car stereo for hands free calls , functions similar to this can be done with the new NFC TEC TAGs and you can get it for $14 for a 5pack bundle from your nearest tech store

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Its abbreviation is near field communication , its software that lets nearby devices talk to each other and perform functions when two devices are nearby, like paying a bill by tapping your credit card on the pay terminal.

Now you have Samsung NEC tiles which are essentially NFC tags built into a small sticker which you can program to do different cool stuff by using a app to do the complex work. For eg. You can use the app to program THE NFC stickers to make your phone blue tooth enabled soon as you tap it on the sticker stuck into your car dashboard

This “NFC tag or stickers” enables your devices to performs smart functions which can be programmable to do different things.

Using the free Samsung TecTile application, you can create TecTiles to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically.

The tags include a MIFARE 1kB NFC memory chip which supports a 100,000 write lifetime and 10 year data retention period. Once you create a TecTile using the TecTile app, place the Tile in a convenient place, then tap your phone to the TecTile to perform the action stored in the TecTile.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

TecTiles are designed to work on Samsung Android smartphones that comply with MIFARE™ technology, including Samsung Galaxy S III.

The TecTiles application which is available on Google Play enables a number of shortcuts to be programmed into the NFC tags.

Below is a list of some of the NFC tag programmable functions

Settings & Applications

· Change phone settings (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ringer/media volume, screen brightness, etc.)

· Launch an application

· Join a Wi-Fi Network

· Share a contact or business card

· Show an address on a map

· Post a tweet or follow a contact on Twitter

· Connect on LinkedIn

Samsung NFC-Enabled Android Smartphones

· Samsung Galaxy S III on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon

· Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile

· Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, Sprint and GSM Unlocked

· Nexus S 4G on Sprint

· Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile

These new smart NFC tags are now retailing from anywhere between $12 to $16 for a 5 pack NFC tag pack in stores . Each package comes with 5 TecTile programmable NFC sticker tags. You can check what a NFC Tec tile sticker tag can do here at the Samsung Micro site

Have you ever wanted to be able to scan NFC tags when your phone screen is off? That’s not a possibility as there are security risks in doing so – imagine if someone could trigger a mobile payment from your smartphone while the screen is off? There are other security risks as well, but the bottom line is that it’s not possible to activate and read NFC tags while your smartphone screen is off anyway. That is, without root access. NFCScreenOff by XDA Member lapwat is a Magisk Module that you can enable on your phone to always read NFC tags even when your screen is locked.

While this may be useful for those who use NFC tags in their home for automation, you can’t use it for in-store contactless payments as it breaks SafetyNet. It is not a systemless modification, as it directly patches and modifies the system NfcNci.apk in order to always return true when it polls whether the screen is unlocked or not. It should work on most Android 9 and Android 10 devices, though there is a chance that it may not work on specific smartphones. The developer hopes that in the future, the mod can be done systemless to allow for mobile payments.

If you want to install the NFCScreenOff Magisk module, you can check out both the XDA thread and the GitHub repository below. You can simply flash the Magisk module as you would any other!

XDA » Forum Links » NFCScreenOff mod enables scanning NFC tags when your Android phone is locked

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There are many ways to program your NFC tags. If you want to do generic actions like – text, open certain URL, toggle system settings, etc, you can use apps like NFC tools. It’s free and easy to use for simple stuff. However, since we are talking about programming NFC tags, in this article, I’ll program my NFC tag to automate my morning and night routine.

For example, I have programmed one of my NFC tags to the night-morning mode and placed it near my bed. So every day when I go to bed I don’t have to worry about setting up my phone to sleep mode. All I need to do is just tap my phone on the NFC tag and everything is automatically set. Here’s how it look.

Night – Disable WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and open my journal app (I prefer to log my daily diet, and what I did during the day in my goal tracking app Goqii).

Morning – Enable, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS. And also give me a reminder to drink water and open my Workout app, so that I prepare for my Gym schedule accordingly. Also, it reminds me to have my pre-workout meal.

This is a small use case of NFC tags in life but there are many other awesome things you can do, depending on how creative you are.

You’ll Need

  • NFC tags
  • NFC enables smartphones
  • Apps to program for example trigger

Program NFC Tags on Android

There are many applications in the play store which lets you program NFC, but my favorite is Trigger as it is free, easy to use, and offer a lot of suggested template such as – save time when driving, silence my phone while I sleep, etc.

The app works in two parts – trigger and actions. Trigger as the name suggest, is what starts the action, in this case, the trigger will be bringing the phone near NFC tags, and actions will be toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.

Follow the simple steps to program NFC chips

1. Download and install Trigger from Play Store.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

2. After launching the application, we need to create a new Task. Go to ‘My Task’ and tap on small plus icon at the bottom right.

3. In the next window ‘Add a Trigger’ tap on ‘NFC’ as a trigger.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

4. Once selected click on’ Next’ to Configure NFC task.

5. In the next step, you can fine-tune the trigger by adding restrictions (like date, time, Wi-Fi, etc). However, this is optional, if you want to trigger actions each time you tap on NFC, you can skip this step by tapping on ‘Done’.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

6. Now, you need to choose the action you want to perform once your phone comes in contact with NFC tag. This is where all the magic happens. To get started, tap on ‘Next’.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

In the next screen, you will see various options – Wireless & Networks, Bluetooth, Display, Social Media, Application, etc.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

For this instance, follow these steps.

  • Wireless & Networks > WiFi On/Off – check
  • Wireless & Networks > GPS On/Off – check (requires root)
  • Bluetooth > Bluetooth On/Off – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Open Applications – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Speak Text – check

A new popup window will open, configure the following actions

  • WiFi On/Off – Disable
  • GPS On/Off – Disable
  • Bluetooth On/Off – Disable
  • Open Application – Goqii
  • Speak Text – ‘Remember to stay hydrated’

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Once done tap on Next and in the next screen, give your task a name, and tap on Next.

Next, select the switch task that will get a Triggered in the morning, the process is pretty much the same. Tap on the plus icon on the top and repeat the following actions. Let’s call it ‘Morning Mode’.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

  • Wireless & Networks > WiFi On/Off – check
  • Wireless & Networks > GPS On/Off – check (requires root)
  • Bluetooth > Bluetooth On/Off – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Open Applications – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Speak Text – check

A new popup window will open, configure the following actions

  • WiFi On/Off – Enable
  • GPS On/Off – Enable
  • Bluetooth On/Off – Enable
  • Open Application – Fitvate
  • Speak Text – ‘Remember pre-workout meal’

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Once you are satisfied with changes, tap on ‘Add to tasks’ and give the task a name like ‘Morning Mode’ and tap on Done.

Bring the NFC tag near the back of your phone. All the information will get written on the tags instantaneously.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Lets put it to test.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

To copy NFC tag or erase its data, tap on the hamburger icon on the top left and select ‘Other NFC Actions’.

Now you can use this tag with any NFC enabled device. However, unless you are doing a generic action like – text, open certain URL, toggle system settings, etc, you will need to install the trigger app on each phone you want to use to carry out complex actions as we have seen above.

Program NFC Tags in Windows

Nokia NFC Writer is the most popular for writing NFC tags on Windows Phone. However, this was the only application I could find even though I was not impressed by its performance.

If you can also write your NFC chip from your Windows PC with the help of GoTo tags. However, you will need to buy an additional NFC reader and writer to read/write NFC tags to your PC.

How to program NFC tags on the iPhone

iPhone 6 and above are all equipped with NFC but you couldn’t use the hardware to write NFC tags, until iOS 13. If you use an iPhone 7 or above and it’s running iOS 13 or above then you can easily write custom NFC tags. You can check out this quick tutorial to create your own NFC tags.

This tutorial was a brief example of how to program an NFC Tags. Obviously, you can do much with your NFC Tags depending on your creativity. How are/will you use NFC Tags? Share with me using the comments below.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Looks like Samsung’s newest accessory to compliment your Galaxy S3 (as well as other NFC-enabled devices) has kinda flown under the radar, popping up today on their official retail site. They’re called Samsung TecTiles and they’re programmable NFC stickers similar to what is already made available via other retailers — only these are officially branded by Samsung.

They’re being sold in packs of 5 for $15 and will allow users to program their phone to activate specific functions when placed on top of the TecTile. Place one in your car and configure your Galaxy S3 to launch the car application, turn on hands-free bluetooth and activate voice commands when placed in the dock. Stick one to your nightstand and you can set your device to mute ringer, turn on WiFi and launch the bedside clock application. Pretty nifty stuff.

Update: Looks like Samsung may have jumped the gun and has promptly yanked the TecTiles from their site. But here’s a screenshot of the page before it was pulled for those interested:

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Looks like we may have jumped the gun the first time around, with Samsung just now officially announcing the NFC tags for their NFC enabled lineup. They’ve given us the full low-down on exactly what TecTiles are about and how they work via their full press release below. You can also visit their new official TecTile site here: Samsung TecTiles

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The TecTiles app can be found here: Google Play Store Link

Samsung Mobile Puts All The Pieces in Place to Bring NFC To The Masses

Inexpensive, easy to use Samsung TecTiles™ Programmable NFC Tags can be customized to launch apps, send text messages, share contact information, change phone settings and more, with an NFC-enabled Galaxy smartphone

DALLAS — June 13, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) is helping consumers realize the potential of NFC technology today with the creation of Samsung TecTiles™ and the TecTile™ programming application. With the largest user base of NFC-enabled devices in the United States and TecTiles available in all four major carrier stores and at major online retailers at the launch of the Galaxy S III, Samsung is ensuring NFC becomes a part of daily life.

With a simple tap of an NFC-enabled phone to a TecTile, consumers are able to automate everyday functions of a smartphone including sending a “headed/at home” text message, silencing the phone when entering a meeting, setting an alarm, and dimming the display when going to bed.

Samsung TecTiles will transform how businesses large and small engage with consumers. On premise, TecTiles enable consumers to check-in on Facebook® or foursquare ® , connect to Wi-Fi® or download content. Off-premise, businesses can use TecTiles as a way to market to and engage with consumers by enabling reward programs and to download discount offers or content.

“With millions of NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy smartphones currently in the market and the arrival of our flagship device Galaxy S ® III, Samsung saw an opportunity to expand the value of NFC beyond mobile payments,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and worldwide-. “The launch of Samsung TecTiles is another example of Samsung’s ability to innovate new products and applications that improve the way we use our mobile devices for everyday tasks.”

Samsung TecTiles are easy to program with any NFC-enabled smartphone and the free application, which can be found in the Google Play™ marketplace. TecTiles can be reprogrammed as often as needed to complete any of the following functions on an NFC-enabled phone:

Settings & Applications

  • Change phone settings (Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi, ringer/media volume, screen brightness, etc.)
  • Launch an application
  • Join a Wi-Fi Network
  • Show a message

Communication

  • Make a call
  • Send a text message
  • Start a Google Talk™ conversation
  • Share a contact or business card

Location & Web

  • Show an address on a map
  • Open a web page
  • Foursquare or Facebook check-in

Social

  • Automatic Facebook “Like”
  • Update Facebook status
  • Post a tweet or follow a contact on Twitter
  • Connect on LinkedIn®

Samsung NFC-Enabled Android TM Smartphones

  • Samsung Galaxy S ® III on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon
  • Samsung Galaxy S ® II on T-Mobile
  • Galaxy Nexus TM on Verizon, Sprint and GSM Unlocked
  • Nexus TM S ® 4G on Sprint
  • Samsung Galaxy S ® Blaze ® 4G on T-Mobile

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Priced at $14.99 for a pack of five, TecTiles programmable NFC sticker tags are now available for purchase online and in-store at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The Samsung TecTiles app is now available for download at the Google Play store.

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How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

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How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Din Android-telefonens NFC-hardware er til mere end bare at overføre indhold og bruge mobile betalinger. Du kan købe billige, programmerbare NFC-tags og få din telefon til automatisk at udføre handlinger, når du rører dem.

Du kan f.eks. Placere NFC-tags på dit sengebord, i nærheden af ​​din hoveddør, i din bil og på dit skrivebord på arbejdspladsen. Hvis du trykker på telefonen mod dem eller placerer den på dem, kan du automatisk vælge enhedsindstillinger, der giver mening i den pågældende placering.

Hvad du skal bruge

Du skal kun bruge to ting til dette. For det første skal du bruge en Android-telefon med NFC-hardware i den – og de fleste Android-telefoner tilbyder nu det. Nedre end Android-telefoner må muligvis ikke indeholde NFC-hardware for at holde omkostningerne lave. Du kan udføre en websøgning efter din model af telefon og “NFC” eller bare åbne sin indstillingsskærm. Du finder NFC-indstillingen under flere muligheder for trådløs og netværk. Naturligvis skal NFC-hardware være aktiveret for alt andet her til arbejde.

For det andet skal du have programmerbare NFC-tags. Søg efter NFC-tags på et websted som Amazon.com, og du finder dem tilgængelige til en forholdsvis lav pris. Nogle producenter gør deres egne, branded ones – men du behøver ikke tags lavet af din Android-telefon fabrikant.

Disse tags har ikke batterier i dem, men de har lidt hukommelse. Når du placerer din telefonens NFC-læser i nærheden af ​​dem, giver NFC-læseren strøm til mærket, og du kan læse dataene fra taggen. Taggene er programmerbare, så du kan skrive de data, du vil have i taggen fra din telefon.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Programmering af tags

Du skal nu have en app, der kan programmere tags. Android indeholder ikke en, men du kan søge efter “nfc-tags” på Google Play for at finde en masse apps, der kan håndtere dette for dig – herunder gratis. For eksempel vil appen NFC Tools lade dig skrive data til et tag og læse dataene allerede på tags.

Installer en sådan app, åbn den, og vælg de data, du gerne vil skrive til et tag. Du kan muligvis låse et mærke, så det kan ikke omprogrammeres, hvilket kan være godt, hvis du forlader det pågældende tag i et offentligt område. Det betyder dog, at du aldrig vil kunne ændre data på taggen i fremtiden, så brug ikke denne indstilling, medmindre du har en god grund til det.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Derefter kan du trykke på taggen mod NFC-læseren på bagsiden af ​​din telefon, og den vil kopiere dataene til tagens hukommelse. Placer tagget på et passende sted for den handling, du valgte.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Brug af tags

Dernæst skal du have en app, der svarer til tagsne. Hvis du for eksempel brugte NFC Tools til at skrive data til dine tags, kan du installere appen NFC Opgaver. Når din telefon læser en NFC-tag, har du skrevet instruktioner til, læser NFC Tools-appen instruktionerne fra det pågældende NFC-tag og udfører dem.

Du kan så placere tagsne et sted bekvemt. Placer dem på et bord, og læg derefter telefonen på dem, når du vil udføre handlingen. Fastgør dem til en væg nær en dør, hvis du vil trykke på din telefon mod et tag, når du forlader eller indtaster et område. Det er op til dig, hvad du vil bruge disse tags til. Anvendelserne er næsten uendelige.

For eksempel, hvis du regelmæssigt skal indstille en time lang timer, når du laver dit vasketøj, kan du programmere en NFC-tag for at starte en time-lang timer og placere den ved siden af ​​din vaskemaskine. Indstil din telefon ned på det pågældende tag eller tryk på det, og det vil starte tøjvaskeren. Hvis du parrer din telefon regelmæssigt med et Bluetooth-tastatur, kan du sætte en NFC-tag på bagsiden af ​​tastaturet og trykke på din telefon mod det for automatisk at gå gennem Bluetooth-parringsprocessen.

Du kan også oprette et tag med dine Wi-Fi-oplysninger, og gæster kan bare trykke deres telefoner mod NFC-taggen for at oprette forbindelse til dit Wi-Fi-netværk uden at lokalisere det og indtaste en adgangskode. De ville have brug for en passende app installeret på deres telefon for at gøre dette dog.

Apples iPhone 6 har NFC-hardware, men apps kan ikke bruge det – det er i øjeblikket kun for Apple Pay. Fremtidige softwareopdateringer kan tillade dig at gøre mere med det, men du kan ikke lige nu. Windows Phone har også en vis støtte til dette, så iPhone-brugere er de eneste, der er udeladt lige nu.