NFC Tag Reader is one of the most useful features in iOS 14, and now you can access it directly from your iPhone’s Control Center.
What is NFC? How can it help me in my day-to-day? How do I use NFC tag reader? We’ll answer all of these questions and more.
Here’s everything you need to know about using NFC tag reader in iOS 14.
What is NFC tag reader?
If you own an iPhone, you may have already used NFC without knowing what it is.
NFC, or Near Field Communication, lets your iPhone interact with nearby devices to complete an action or exchange data. Supported devices can use it to read information from electronic tags.
Using NFC Tag Reader, you can shop, activate locks, open doors, and visually interact with any NFC-supported device with ease.
iOS 14 made it super easy to access it from your iPhone’s Control Center.
How to add NFC tag reader to the iPhone control center
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Go to Control Center.
- Scroll down and tap plus on the option labeled NFC Tag Reader.
You’re finished! NFC tag reader is on your control center.
Note: You can add the NFC Tag Reader option to the Control Center only on iPhone 7 till iPhone X. On XR, XS, and later, there is no need to add this button thanks to Background Tag Reading which automatically kicks in when you bring these newer iPhones near an NFC tag.
How to use NFC tag reader in iOS 14
Open your iPhone’s Control Center. Tap NFC Tag Reader to access it. Then, hold your iPhone near a valid NFC tag to scan the content.
App Clips is another significant feature of iOS 14. It improves the functionality of NFC Tag Reader by allowing you to use product services without downloading full applications.
App Clips work with Apple Pay services, meaning users can now access NFC tags and make payments without providing credit card details.
NFC Tag Reader supported iPhones
- 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
iOS 14 is considered to be a breakthrough for NFC-supported functionalities on your iPhone. With the help of App Clips, it’s easier to make Apple Pay transactions and pay for your food and drinks than ever before.
If you’ve used the feature in iOS 13, you’ll appreciate the new shortcut and the implementation of App Clips. Give it a try and share your experience in the comment section below. We want to hear from you!
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