How to use NFC with a Windows Phone 8 device [Windows Phone 101]

NFC

Are you a new user? Are you trying to figure out how to use your fancy new Windows Phone? Not all of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to Windows Phone. At one time we were all beginners just looking for answers. Windows Phone 101 aims to provide answers to the simplest questions.

You’ve probably seen one of the dozens of Samsung Galaxy commercials that show off a cool feature called “NFC.” The people in the ads just tap their phones together and something amazing happens. Did you know that Windows Phone 8 devices also have NFC? It’s really easy to use, and it can be super handy. Let’s take a look at how to use NFC with Windows Phone 8.

First things first, in order to do anything you will need to make sure NFC is enabled. Go to Settings tap+send and flip the switch to the On position. Now you’re ready. The three basic functions of NFC can be boiled down to sharing, launching, and paying.

Sharing

With the sharing feature of NFC you can send photos, websites, videos, songs, and more to another phone just by touching them together. To do this hold your phone back-to-back with another device. Make sure the receiving device’s screen is on. Open up the item you want to send, tap the (···) more button and tap share, then select tap+send from the list. The receiving phone will get a notification, tap accept and the item will send.

NFC is not just limited to working with Windows Phone devices. It actually works with Android devices as well, but you can only send websites and contacts. Below is an example of how NFC works with an Android device.

Launching

Another thing you can do with NFC is launch things. What I mean by “launch” is opening certain apps, sharing to social networks, start a phone call, etc. To do this you will need NFC tags and the help of some NFC apps. NFC InteractorNFC Launchit, and Nokia NFC Writer are the best apps for the job. With these apps you can create actions to be performed when you tap your phone to a NFC tag. Check out the video to see how this works.

Paying

The one feature of NFC that isn’t very useful to many people right now is the ability to make purchases with your phone. The idea is that you can enter your credit card into your phone and then tap your phone to a scanner at checkout to make a payment. Unfortunately not many devices support this feature yet. Here’s how to check to see if yours does.

Open Wallet and tap (···) to bring up Settings+PIN, if you don’t see an option to turn on NFC transactions you don’t have the feature. All you will be able to do is add credit cards for buying apps, and view local deals.

If you have any questions about NFC let us know below! It’s a cool feature that can be very useful if you know how to use it.


  • Edgar Cervantes

    I use NFC payments all the time, bro.

  • corbyj

    How? With a Windows Phone?

  • Edgar Cervantes

    That was a reply to Joe’s comment: “The one feature of NFC that isn’t very useful to many people right now is the ability to make purchases with your phone.”

    And no, I do it with Android.

  • My comment was directed to Windows Phone users. Only a handful can actually make payments via NFC.

  • George

    How do you make NFC payments on Windows 8 phone on ATT?

  • We use NFC to add on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Xing, Google Plus, All in one rub! (and without ads :) )

  • aj

    It’s over a year later, and most retail locations in the U.S. still don’t support NFC. So, yea……NFC still isn’t useful to many people. It’s great that locations have adopted it where you live. You are cool for using it. Very, very cool. I’m sure your mom is proud. But you, one person, are not exactly a representative sample for the entire United States. Probably about 10% or less of the population here has the ability to use NFC in their daily activities. So to sum it up, in addition to what the article said…………..EXACTLY what the article said.