Let’s start by understanding what NFC is. NFC stands for Near Field Communication and allows two electronic devices to communicate with each other when they are held up close. NFC is quickly finding its place in modern smartphones but its usage is still limited to making contactless payments. Most smartphone users aren’t aware of the possibilities that lie ahead with NFC.
How to make the most of NFC and use it in day-to-day life?
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To tap into the maximum potential of NFC, you will need to purchase ‘NFC tags’ which can be programmed to carry out certain tasks or share the data stored within them. In this article, we bring you the top 5 practical ways to use Android NFC in your day-to-day life.
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Automate your tasks at home
Placing an NFC tag alongside your entry doorway can help in automating several smartphone-related tasks. You can program the NFC tag to turn on your phone’s WiFi the moment your step in, turn off the mobile data, decrease brightness, launch a Spotify playlist, and complete other tasks you usually carry out upon arriving home. Conversely, you can program the tag to ‘switch’ the tasks and turn off WiFi and turn on the mobile data as you step out.
Automate your tasks as you enter your car
If you don’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your car, an NFC tag will be extremely helpful. You can place the tag at a convenient spot (like the dashboard or centre console) and program it to automate certain tasks like launching the navigation app, playing a certain playlist on Spotify, enabling Bluetooth to pair with your car’s speakers, and turning on Do Not Disturb mode.
You can save money on printing out business cards and make the process of sharing one look pretty cool with the help of NFC. You can program an NFC tag to share your contact information and business details whenever someone taps on it. If you’re setting up shop at an event, you don’t have to worry about printing the ideal number of business cards. Simply place the NFC tag at a convenient spot where people can easily scan it for its contents.
Force yourself out of bed with an NFC alarm
If you have a habit of hitting the snooze button in bed over and over again, you can use an NFC tag to force yourself out of bed. The NFC Alarm Clock app makes you scan an NFC tag to disable the ringing alarm. To best utilise this feature, place the NFC tag far away from your bed, so you are forced to get up in order to turn off the alarm.
Here’s a cool way to share your home WiFi password. Program an NFC tag to share your WiFi network details whenever a smartphone comes in contact with it. WiFi passwords are usually long and complex, so you won’t need to remember them if you use an NFC tag. Apps like InstaWiFi will help you program the NFC tag to give out your home WiFi password.
These are the 5 practical ways to use Android NFC in your day-to-day life. Since NFC payments are pretty commonplace these days, we’ve omitted it from our list in favour of other creative tasks. Once you get a hang of how to use an NFC tag, the possibilities of its use are endless. You can get creative with it and program it to carry out tasks that fit your quirks and needs. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments!
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