How to use the NFC Tag Reader on iPhone

Did you know that your iPhone is equipped with an NFC chip that allows compatible iOS apps to connect to and read data from real objects? It has many uses, from payments to instant wireless connections and more. If you are curious about this technology, let’s see what exactly is involved and how to use the NFC tag reader on iPhone. 

What is NFC Tag Reader?

NFC, or Near Field Communication, allows your iPhone to communicate with nearby devices to perform actions or exchange data. Supported devices can use it to read information from electronic tags.

Using an NFC tag reader, you can easily shop, activate locks, open doors, and visually interact with any NFC-enabled device. Starting with iOS 14, it is very easy to access it from the iPhone Control Center.

NFC Tag Reader Supports iPhone

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini

How to add NFC to iPhone Control Center

  1. Open “Settings” on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the Control Center.
    open settings and click on control center on iphone running ios 14

  3. Scroll down and tap the plus on the option labeled NFC Tag Reader.
    click on plus to add NFC tag to control center on iphone

You’re done! The NFC Tag Reader is located in your Control Center.

Note: You can only add the NFC tag reader option to Control Center on iPhone 7 through iPhone X. On XR, XS and later, there is no need to add this button thanks to the background tag reading that is automatically triggered when you bring these new iPhones near NFC tag.

How to use the NFC Tag Reader in iOS 15

Open your iPhone’s Control Center. Click NFC Tag Reader to access it. Then, hold your iPhone near a valid NFC tag to scan the content.

App Clips is another essential iPhone feature. It enhances the functionality of the NFC tag reader, allowing you to use the product’s services without downloading full applications.

App Clips work with Apple Pay services, which means users can now access NFC tags and make payments without providing credit card information.

iOS 15 is considered a breakthrough in the use of NFC-enabled features on your iPhone. App Clips makes it easier than ever to complete Apple Pay transactions and pay for food and drinks.

If you’ve used this feature in iOS 13, you’ll appreciate the new App Clips shortcut and implementation. Give it a try and share your experience in the comment section below. We are waiting for your reply!