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Applications to make the most of your mobile’s NFC

The NFCDespite its limitations due to the operating distance for communications, you can make transfers to 424 kbit / s and it only takes 200 microseconds for the establishment of a link. For this reason, NFC is often used to send data packets of reduced weight or, simply, to establish a link by Bluetooth of two devices. Because in this link there is also an exchange of data, although reduced, between the two devices.

The best applications to take advantage of the NFC connection on your Android mobile

NFC Tools

Translated as ‘tools for NFC’Indeed, this application is about that. Its main mission is write NFC tags, and we can do it in multiple ways. Making it serve for the configuration of the WiFi, for the execution of compound tasks, to change the settings of the smartphone and many other things, such as setting an alarm.

NFC Tools

NFC File Transfer Manager

If you want to exchange files, this is an option. Instead of using Bluetooth, or mobile connectivity –for example- to send and receive files, we can do it by NFC. Now, we will need to have this application or a similar one installed on both smartphones. And bring them closer together until they are practically glued to each other, of course.

NFC File Transfer Manager
NFC File Transfer Manager

Google Pay

The biggest and best utility of NFC is mobile payments. Setting up Google Pay is really easy, and when we do, we can pay with your mobile anywhere. Anyone with a POS with contactless. It has no commissions, so it will only help us by recording our expenses and facilitating payment by carrying only our smartphone in our pocket.

Google Pay: pay in thousands of stores, websites and apps
Google Pay: pay in thousands of stores, websites and apps

What can we do with the NFC of our smartphone?

These three are the main uses: writing of labels, reading of them and, of course, mobile payments. And within each category we can find –especially in the first two- dozens of apps that do the exact same thing in different ways. But the ones we have selected allow us a greater variety of settings for writing NFC tags. The second option will allow us send and receive files of all kinds, and Google Pay is the best option in mobile payments for Android.

However, we also have our own apps available from certain manufacturers such as, in the case of mobile payments, Samsung Pay. And as for the reading of NFC tags with a specific function, we will not need applications. They exist, and they work in a somewhat improvable way, but our smartphone can read NFC tags natively just by zooming in on the device. For what we do need an app is to write information in them.