Near Field Communication, Tags and Payment

Near Field Communication is beginning to get more application in mobile devices. Moist dominantly, it is being applied in online payment systems such as Samsung Pay and Android Pay.

Near field communication

You probably must have seen NFC around on a mobile phone, it stands for “Near Field Communication. It is a technology that supports short-range communication between devices.

near field communication on iPhone

NFC was first introduced on iPhone 6 but was just integrated with Apple Pay. However, the launch of iOS 11 has open the possibility of NFC tag via supporting apps. NFC on the iPhone can only be used to read tags.

There is no way to turn on or off, nor does Apple allow the iPhone to read NFC tags natively (for now).

Near Field Communication In Android

The Andriod NFC operates with the Android Beam. Unlike the near field on iPhone, the Android Beam can be disabled.

How to turn on Near Field Communication for Android OS

  • Firstly, go to settings on the Android device.
  • Tap on More.
  • Scroll down and tap on NFC and Android Beam options.
  • Tap toggle on or off to activate NFC.
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Android Beam will be turn on.

Using NFC tags

The NFC tag is an upcoming application of near field technology. A Near Field Communication tag is a passive or unpowered NFC chip or device. It is usually created small enough and embedded in items such as posters, movie passes, business cards, medication bottles, stickers, wristbands, key fobs, pens, hang tags, and more. The microchip houses data that can be read by an NFC-capable device.

NFC tags houses data that can be executed when read. To read or write data to an NFC tag,  an NFC tag-reading or tag-writing app needed.

NFC tags can be programmed to perform a number of tasks such as open a web page, configure phone or send a text and more whenever it is read.

Mobile payments

Mobile payments such as Samsung pay, google pay as well as Apple pay are enabled make payments with the aid of near field communication.

However, you need to be signed up on one of these platforms in order to use the payment service. Then ensure  NFC is enabled.

To make a payment, hold the mobile device close to the payment terminal until the payment is completed. For Android Pay, a blue check mark will appear to indicate the payment is completed.

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Near field, communication has a pool of endless possibilities and more technology are building on this backbone technology. As technology such as Apple, Samsung pay and Android pay diffuse, there is certainly more to come.