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Hi folks,what we would be talking about today is what we phone users always see on our mobile phones be it android or IPhone we then begin to wonder how does it work and what does it mean we even switch it off and turn it back on to see if anything would happen at the end the phone remains the same.

Few people might know what I am talking about,for those who don’t know I am talking about a function on your phone called NFC.


NFC simply means (Near Field Communication),this function on your phone really comes in handy you can use it for transfer data between two devices. Whether you want to send photos, videos, files, or make a payment, NFC can make it easy to do so.


When you have two NFC functioning devices  they are able to communicate with each other if they are close to each other i.e “near” each other’s “field”, communication occurs via radio frequencies. This requires at least one transmitting device, and another to receive the signal. The technology used in NFC is based on older RFID (Radio-frequency identification) ideas, which uses electromagnetic induction in order to transmit information.

A range of devices can use the NFC standard and can be considered either passive or active, depending on how the device works. Passive NFC devices include tags, and other small transmitters, that can send information to other NFC devices without the need for a power source of their own.

The NFC function came to life when Google introduced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which also debuted the Android Beam functionality.

The next question you are asking yourself now is does my phone have NFC basically not all phones and tablet has NFC,to check if your phone has NFC you check underneath the backplate and look for any small print for example for an older Samsung mobile phone you’ll see “Near Field Communication” printed on the battery.



Phones such as Sony Xperia you’ll see the N-Mark the official symbol indicating that the device is NFC-enabled.To make it easier you can simply go through your settings on your android phone instead of checking for symbols on your device.

For an Android phone you open your settings,in the area of connectivity such as wireless,Bluetooth you tab on more scroll down and you should see NFC and Android Beam options

Tap on the NFC switch to activate it,the android beam function will also automatically turn on.Smartphones’ NFC capabilities operate together with android beam. If Android Beam is disabled, it may limit NFC’s sharing capacity


Regardless of what type of files you want to share the process still remains the same be it a tablet or a mobile phone.Here is how its done.

  • Open the content to be shared.
  • Place both devices’ backs against each other.
  • Wait for sound and haptic confirmation that both devices have detected each other.
  • Notice the sender’s screen shrink into a thumbnail and display “Touch to beam” at the top.
  • Touch the sender’s screen to begin beaming. You’ll hear a sound when beaming starts.
  • When beaming completes, you’ll hear audio confirmation. You’ll also get either a notification that the beaming has completed, or the appropriate handler app will launch and open the beamed content.

I know most people would be thinking since I can share a file through this method that means I can also share an APK file,well the answer is no you can’t share an APK file though NFC the sending device just beams the app’s Play Store page, and the receiver device opens it, ready for downloading.

Note that before you can send files through NFC you need to understand these basic things:

  • Both sending and receiving devices must have NFC and Android Beam activated.
  • Neither of the devices should be asleep or locked.
  • You’ll get both audio and haptic feedback when the two devices detect each other.
  • Do not separate your devices until the beaming has started.
  • You’ll hear audio feedback when the file or content has been successfully beamed.




With the introduction of NFC chips into smartphones, paying for goods and services with your mobile phone could well spell dome of the debit card in near future.

You can also use NFC to make payment it depends on your type of phone for android users you use Android pay while for IPhone users you use apple pay.


I believe this article would have help out in a little way for those who don’t know what NFC means,for those who have an idea if you have any tips you can kindly share them at the comment box.

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