How to use NFC tag reader in iOS 14

NFC Tag Reader is one of the most useful features in iOS 14. You can now directly access it from your iPhone Control Center. Thanks to App Clips that will also help to make payments and interact with other NFC-compatible devices effortlessly. Know more about it in detail in our guide on using NFC tag reader in iOS 14.

What is NFC tag reader in iOS 14?

NFC is the acronym for Near Field Communication. As the name goes, it lets your iPhone interact with nearby devices to exchange data wirelessly. Supported devices can use it to read information from electronic tags linked to non-abstract objects. Using NFC Tag Reader, you can do shopping, activate locks, open doors, and visually interact with any NFC supported device with just a tap of your finger.

iOS 14 has made it really easy to access it from your iPhone’s Control Center.

Add NFC tag reader to the iPhone control center?

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to Control Center settings and tap on control center on iphone running ios 14
  3. Scroll down and tap the “+” button before the NFC Tag Reader to add it to Control Center.tap on plus to add nfc tag to control center on iphone

How to use NFC tag reader with iPhone in iOS 14

Open the iPhone Control Center. Tap on the NFC Tag Reader button to access it. Then, hold your iPhone near a valid NFC tag to scan the content.

swipe up to open control center and tap on nfc tag button on iphone

App Clips is another significant feature of iOS 14, which eases up the usage of NFC Tag Reader. They’re like mini-maps that let you use product services even without downloading the full applications. As they work with Apple Pay services, users can now access NFC tags and make payments without providing credit card details.

use nfc tag reader on iphone running ios 14

Here’s the list of iPhones that support NFC tag reader

  • 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

Reading NFC tags with an iPhone

iOS 14 is considered to be a breakthrough for NFC-supported functionalities on your iPhone. With the help of App Clips, it will be easier to pay for food & drinks and make transactions related to Apple Pay. If you’ve used the feature in iOS 13, you’ll appreciate the new shortcut and the idea of App Clip. If not, give it a try and share your experience in the comment section below.

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