Did you know that the NFC (Near Field Communication) feature on your Android device can be used for more than just Android and Samsung Pay? It's true! Near field communication technology was around long before Google, Apple and Samsung decided to start making use of the technology. There are many different things users can do with NFC!
In this list, we are going to pass some interesting uses for NFC on Android that have nothing to do with contactless payment. Each of these apps bring cool and unique uses to NFC. Here are five more ways to put NFC apps to good use for Android!
Remark : To use these applications, your Android phone must first be equipped with the NFC function.
If you're Android savvy, you probably want to export an APK (Android app) from your phone to give to someone else. Doing this takes some time. First, you need to get an APK extractor. Next, you need to figure out how to send the APK and then download it. With App Beam, sending apps from your phone is much easier.
All the user needs to do is select an app to transfer and then use NFC technology to transfer the app directly to the other device. There's no messing around with third party download sites or anything like that. If you extract and send APK often, consider this tool.
Want to send a file to someone but don't feel like messing around with file transfer sites or cloud storage links? If your Android device is NFC-enabled, you might want to give SuperBeam a try. With this app users can easily send and receive files by tapping two devices to create a direct connection.
Also, Superbeam supports file transfer via QR codes, download history and more.
3. Puzzle Alarm Clock
Often alarms are ignored because it's so easy to just click the snooze button. It makes waking up on time hit or miss. Introducing Puzzle Alarm Clock, a clock alarm that requires you to solve puzzles to turn off the alarm. However, one interesting feature in this alarm clock is its support for NFC stickers. With NFC stickers, users will be forced to wake up and tap their phone against an NFC sticker to end the alarm.
If you have tried regular alarm clocks and need something new, try this app.
Giving customers the wireless code can be tiring. With each house guest you had to remember the key or dig around the house to find the one piece of paper with the access key written on it. With InstaWifi, this problem disappears. Using this app, users can easily create NFC tags (NFC stickers) to share codes wirelessly.
This is super useful because you can make multiple stickers or NFC cards and just pass them around for your guests to scan if they want to access the internet. InstaWifi also supports QR codes for non-NFC phones.
5. NFC Tools
In this list, we've gone over apps that respond to NFC stickers. NFC Tools has similar features. Using this app, users can read and write data directly to NFC tags and stickers. This is very handy if you want to create your own smart card or something that interacts with NFC (like a message that cannot be read with NFC, etc.).
If you've ever wanted to create your own NFC tags and write data to them or just want a way to access NFC tags you find around the world, do check this app out.