NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a short-range wireless communication technology that’s designed to let you exchange data with other devices. NFC tags are small stickers that allow you to store data on them and then use that data in various ways. They’re useful for tasks like automating your home, controlling connected devices, and automating tasks based on location. You can also use them to interact with smart posters and other IoT devices without having to install any apps or additional software on your phone.
1. Automate Sleep Mode With NFC
You can use NFC tags to automate your devices. For example, if you want to keep your computer in sleep mode when you’re not around, then all you have to do is set up an NFC tag that wakes up the device when placed near it. Another common use case would be having a tag automatically turn off or on lights in your home when certain conditions are met (e.g., if it’s dark outside).
2. Set Kitchen Timers
Timers are a staple in every household, so why not use NFC tags to set them? Just place an NFC tag on your kitchen counter and when you want to set the timer, just tap it with your phone. The same thing can be done for bathroom and bedroom timers as well.
3. Run Siri Shortcuts on iPhone
You can also run Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone using NFC tags.
To set up a Siri Shortcut to run with an NFC tag, open up the Settings app and go to “Siri & Search” and select “Shortcuts.” From there, simply tap on the plus sign at the bottom of your screen to add a new Siri Shortcut (or use an existing one). You’ll be prompted to choose an existing shortcut or create one from scratch — we recommend choosing “Create New Siri Shorcut” here so that you can specify exactly what it does for you.
Once you’ve selected this option, enter whatever command or phrase you’d like it to trigger when activated by tapping on “Add Action.” This could be something as simple as telling Siri “I’m done” or even saying something more complex like “I’m going home.” Once done setting this up, tap on ‘Done’ at the top right corner of your screen then give yourself some time before trying out your new shortcut just in case there were any bugs or quirks during setup!
4. Use NFC to Connect to Bluetooth Device
- NFC tags can be used to connect Bluetooth devices
- connect your Bluetooth device to your phone by tapping the tag on your phone
5. Pay Bills Using NFC
NFC tags can be used to pay bills, as well! If you’re looking for a secure way to pay for things without having to carry around cash, then an NFC tag is the answer. That’s right: it’s possible to use your phone as a wallet and keep all of your credit cards on an NFC tag instead.
Here’s how it works:
- Download any payment app that supports Android Pay or Apple Pay (Google Wallet will also work).
- Create an account with the service that allows you to pay by tapping on NFC readers, such as Bank of America or Chase Mobile Banking (Chase doesn’t currently offer this feature).
6. Track Your Car mileage
- Track your car’s mileage
- Track fuel consumption
- Track speed, location, and engine temperature
7. Use NFC in Your Car
- Use NFC in Your Car
NFC tags are also used to control the car’s entertainment system. For example, an NFC tag placed on the driver’s seat can be used to unlock the doors and start up your vehicle when you approach it, while an NFC tag on your keychain can automate these features as well. You can also use an app to remotely manage some of these tasks if you have an Android device or iPhone that supports Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, respectively. With this app, you could change music stations and adjust the volume without ever having to take your hands off the wheel!
8. Use NFC to Set a Smart Alarm
- You can use NFC tags to set a smart alarm.
- Simply place your phone or watch near the tag and presto! Your alarm will go off at the designated time.
9. Emergency Call/Text
In the event you ever find yourself in a situation that requires an emergency call or text, you can use your NFC tag to make one. If you have an Android device with NFC, go to Settings > Security > Screen lock & passwords. Under Smart Lock options, select Trusted Places and add your home address (or any place that is safe). Once this is done, simply hold down the back of your phone on the tag until it vibrates and unlocks your phone. You should see “Emergency call” or “Send SMS” appear on the screen—tap either option to place a call or send a message without having to enter a passcode or swipe away from sleep mode first.
10. Use NFC To Call Mom
You can use NFC to call your mom. Simply tap the tag and say “call mom” or “text mom.” As soon as you do, she’ll get an alert on her phone informing her that you’re trying to reach her.
You can also use NFC tags with Google Voice Actions to send emails via voice command. Just tap the tag, say “send an email” and follow the prompts.
11. Foursquare checking
- Use the NFC tag to check into foursquare.
- Use the NFC tag to check into foursquare without opening the app.
- Use the NFC tag to check into foursquare without unlocking your phone.
12. Leave Secret Message
It’s often the little things that can make a big difference. With NFC tags, you can leave secret messages for friends, family members, and others. These are perfect for leaving a note for someone or something important to remember in case of an emergency.
You can also use this technology to send a secret message by placing it under your car’s windshield wiper blade when parked at work so that anyone who finds it will know how to contact you if there’s an emergency at home.
NFC tags can be used to keep track of your belongings. For example, you might want to use NFC tags on all the important items such as keys and wallets. Then, you can use a smartphone app to scan the tags and know where each of these things is at any given moment.
If it’s not safe enough for you to leave an expensive item behind when going out for a run or a jog around the neighborhood, then consider getting an NFC tag that will allow you to know where it is in case someone tries stealing it from someplace where they could easily get their hands on it.
If your kids have toys and other things which might get lost easily at school or play yard during recess time then tagging them with NFC stickers will help you find them quickly in case they go missing while playing outside
14. Connect/Disconnect Wi-Fi
If you use WiFi on your Android device and want to save battery life, an NFC tag can be used to turn off your Wi-Fi when not in use. Simply program your phone to read the tag whenever it’s placed next to it. This is also a good way of keeping people from being able to access your network without permission.
NFC tags can be used to share Wi-Fi passwords. NFC tags can be used to share wifi passwords with friends and family members. NFC tags can be used to share wifi passwords with guests. NFC tags can be used to share wifi passwords with your neighbors.
16. Start Tasker task
Tasker is a powerful Android automation app that can be used to perform many useful tasks. For example, it can start a task based on NFC tags, so you can set up your phone to automatically launch an app or even open a URL when you tap a tag.
To create such a task, go to the Tasker action category Misc and choose Run Task. Enter the name of your task (for example: Start Workout) in the field below and select it from the drop-down menu below that field. Then head over to Event -> Plugin -> NFC Tag Reader -> Read Tag (or just click here). If your device has multiple reader modules installed, make sure that one is configured as an “NFC reader” by going into its settings and tapping Select Reader Mode at least once (this may not work if there are too many apps running in the background). Now tap Add Action->Run Shell->Run Script->Scripting Helpers – AutoInput
17. Unlock your door
NFC tags can be used to unlock doors.
If you have an NFC tag, you can use it to unlock your door. You just need to program the tag with your home address and set up a corresponding Autolock feature on the app. When you get home, hold the tag over the lock for 10 seconds, and voila! The door will open automatically for you!
18. Start PC With Your Smartphone
NFC can also be used to start your PC with your smartphone. Just place an NFC tag on your desk and connect it to a link that opens the default web browser on your computer. Your PC will start up and open its browser when you tap the tag.
19. NFC-enabled loyalty cards
- NFC-enabled loyalty cards
Loyalty programs are a great way to incentivize repeat purchases and reward your most loyal customers. But if you’re not using NFC technology, then how do you actually engage with your customers? You can use an NFC-enabled loyalty card to show that they are elected members of a rewards program, which is something many customers will appreciate (and maybe even brag about). If someone asks where they can find an NFC-friendly store or restaurant near them, simply tell them all they need to do is look for the sticker on the door or countertop!
20. Use NFC to Control Your Surrounding
- Use NFC to Control Your Surrounding
NFC to control your surrounding.
This is one of the most interesting ways you can use NFC tags and it’s not just limited to Android smartphones. You can do this with any NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet, including iPhones! For example, if your living room has an NFC-enabled light switch and dimmer then you could place a tag on the wall next to it that will launch Siri and ask her to turn on or off the lights for you!
Another cool idea would be if there was a button near your bedside table which when pressed would turn off all electronics in your bedroom like TVs, computers, etc. You could even set it up so that when someone presses this button during work hours at night then all of their computers shut themselves down automatically!
21. NFC in Smart posters
You can also use NFC tags to advertise services, products, and events. For example, you can use an NFC tag to advertise the name of your business on a poster. This is especially effective if the poster is placed near the entrance of a place where people tend to gather (e.g., coffee shops).
Here’s how it works:
- A customer walks up to an advertisement with an NFC tag on it (e.g., at Starbucks)
- The customer holds their phone over the tag and selects “Scan” from their phone’s menu options, which activates their mobile device’s NFC reader
- The phone reads the data stored in the tag and displays it onscreen so that they can view it (or hear it through their headphones).
22. NFC in Smart Cards
An NFC smart card is a contactless IC card that contains a chip and antenna for short-range radio frequency communication. It uses the same principles as contactless smart cards, but it doesn’t require physical contact between the card and the reader.
NFC smart cards can be used for payment, identity verification, access control, and other applications.
- Smart Nail
If you’ve ever lost your keys or had a panic attack because you couldn’t find them, then this is the perfect solution for you. The smart nail is a special type of nail polish that uses an NFC tag to help keep track of your keys. The best part? It can also be used with other items like opening doors and starting cars! If there’s one thing we all love, it’s convenience.
- Use NFC tags to control your smart clothes.
- Use NFC tags to make your smart clothes more intelligent.
NFC wedding invitations are a great way to make your guests feel more involved in the wedding. The tags can be embedded in the invitation itself, or they can be attached to it somehow. Either way, you can use them to share information between the bride and groom, audio messages for guests, or even directions to the venue.
Of course, if you want some more ideas on how you can use NFC tags at your own wedding then check out this infographic:
26、Electronic Skin -Digital Tattoos
A team of researchers has developed a new way to apply NFC tags to the human body. They’ve created what they call “electronic skin,” which uses small, flexible, and transparent NFC tags attached to your skin that can be used for authentication, payment, and health monitoring.
Electronic skin is made from nanotechnology that has been applied to an ultrathin film of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It’s similar in appearance to a temporary tattoo without pigment; however electronic skin can be applied over large areas of the body such as arms or legs without losing its functionality.
27. NFC passport
The NFC Passport is a secure and convenient way of traveling with your passport. It’s a small NFC device that attaches to the back cover of your passport, so you can use it to access information about yourself whenever you need it.
How does it work?
You simply tap your phone against an NFC-enabled reader and the relevant data will appear on the screen: name, DOB, nationality, photo, etc.
28. NFC Key Fobs
An NFC key fob is a small tag that can be carried around in your pocket or purse. You can use an NFC key fob to unlock doors, start cars, or even pay for things at stores with it.
Because these tags are so small and portable, they’re ideal for storing information such as passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs). This makes them useful if you find yourself in a situation where you need access to something but don’t have physical access to your smartphone (for example, if it’s been stolen). You could also use an NFC tag as a digital wallet: simply store credit card information on the tag and swipe your wrist over payment terminals at participating retailers!
29. Anti-face brand protection
- NFC tags can be used to protect your brand.
- NFC tags can be used to prevent counterfeiting.
- NFC tags can be used to protect intellectual property.
- NFC tags can be used to protect personal information.
- NFC tags can be used to prevent fraud
You can use NFC tags for a lot of different things, and each one will be just as exciting as the last. You can use them to automate your home, control your smartphone with a tap of a tag, or even start your car with an NFC-enabled watch. If you’re interested in learning more about the uses of NFC tags, then check out our blog post on how to make an emergency call using an NFC tag!