Using apps to get the most out of NFC on Windows Phone 8 [Video]

Windows Phone 8 added support for NFC which can be found in phones like the 8X and Lumia 920. It’s a cool feature that often gets overlooked among the other more popular features like lockscreen apps and fast resume. Developers, however, have not forgotten about NFC. There are a few really nice apps in the Windows Phone Store that will help you put NFC to good use.

We wrote about what you can do with NFC and an app called NFC Interactor back in November. Since then an app called NFC LauFbinchit has been released, and it offers even more features. In the video above we took a look at both NFC Interactor and NFC Launchit. Both have similar features, but do the same tasks in different ways. One of the big differences is price. Interactor costs $1.99, but it does have a free trial limited to writing 20 tags. Launchit, on the other hand, is completely free, and it might even have more options. Watch the video and check them both out.

NFC Interactor ($1.99)

NFC Launchit (Free)


  • I wish NFC would hurry up and catch on. QR codes already did.
    Imagine a restaurant that has tags for you to connect to the local Wifi, call ahead of a line to place an order, or see a webpage with the menu on it. I’m sure there’s a lot more to come up with, but saying that makes you consider everyone can find a use for NFC, and not just for retail NFC payments.

  • Edgar Cervantes

    I mostly use NFC for automating tasks. I have one by the door that turns wifi on/off. I have another one by my router that signs you into my network (that way i don’t have to give people my passwords). I also have one in the car that starts navigation and sends me home.

  • Can you walk me through the Wifi-sign-in one? I have LaunchIt and was planning on getting tags for my workplace’s member Wifi. Would be hella awesome.

  • You won’t be able to do that with WP. The extent of the functionality is what I showed in the video.