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How to Use NFC on Android?

Near Field Communication (NFC) is found to be quite helpful for users when it comes to transfer data between two devices. Using it, one can easily transfer files, images, videos, documents, or even make the payment. In this article, you will get to know about this technology, its working and its applicability. Let’s start.

What is NFC?

The name NFC is derived much from the way this technology operates. It is pretty much simple. If there are two NFC-enabled devices, they can choose to communicate with each other. This communication medium rests on radio frequency.

In the mobile landscape, NFC is widely used as a tool for file-sharing. The use of NFC became prevalent since the introduction of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by Google that also launched the Android Beam functionality. By using NFC and Android Beam, devices can exchange files rapidly to each other. In addition, the presence of NFC on an Android device also allows the same device to read and/or write to programmable NFC tags.

Does Your Phone Have NFC?

It is important to understand here that not all devices have NFC. Do you wish to know if your device has? One option is to take a look underneath the back plate and find any vital clues there. On some Samsung phones, for example, there is “Near Field Communication” printed on the battery pack.

On some Sony Xperia handsets, a “N” Mark is there that represent that the device is NFC-enabled.

Go to your Setting menu:

  1. Tap More.
  2. Scroll down and you can check for Android Beam and NFC options.

How to Activate NFC?

If your device is NFC-enabled, the chip and Android Beam need to be activated before its usage. To do so, go to Settings menu. Tap on NFC to activate it. This will automatically turn on the Android Beam. If it doesn’t, just tap it and chose Yes to turn it on.

How to Share Data Using NFC?

After activating the NFC on your device, it’s time to transfer to data. Take care of following things.

  • Both the sender and receiver devices should have NFC and Android Beam activated.
  • Neither of the devices should be asleep or locked.
  • You’ll get both audio and haptic feedback when the two devices find each other.
  • Do not disconnect your devices until the beaming has started.
  • You’ll get audio response when the file or content has been successfully beamed.

Now comes beaming your data. Follow the given steps to transfer the data.

  • Open the content to be beamed.
  • Put both devices’ backs against each other.
  • Wait for sound and haptic confirmation that both devices have found each other.
  • Notify the sender’s screen shrink into a thumbnail and display “Touch to beam” at the top.
  • Touch the sender’s screen to start beaming. A audio confirmation will appeal when beaming starts.
  • When beaming is done, you’ll again hear an audio confirmation. You’ll also get either a notification that the beaming has finished, or the suitable handler app will launch and open the transferred content.

By using NFC and Android Beam, users can choose to transfer Android apps, photos, videos, audio, YouTube videos, contact info, and many other elements. Try it today.


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