NFC technology means Near field communication (Near field communication in Spanish) is already present in several Android mobiles and iPhone. Indeed, you can quickly find out if your mobile has this chip by opening the shortcuts panel from the top and checking if the mention “NFC” is there.
It is possible that you only recognize this type of chip to make contactless payments, something that is indeed possible thanks to this technology. However, there are many different uses that can be made of NFC And they can make your life much easier. In this article, we review the most notable ones.
Transfer photos, videos or music
The use of NFC in Android to pass files is not widespread, but that does not mean that it is not a real utility between compatible devices. Currently we can find cameras and laptops that have this connectivity included, being able to transfer photos and videos from mobile.
It is a function that saves us the cable or having to use Bluetooth. Although, technically, this transfer takes advantage of Bluetooth and WiFi Direct, but NFC eliminates pairing and makes everything faster and easier for the user.
Use the mobile key for the car
Using the smartphone as a car key is not a norm, but the technology already exists and it is more than likely that the future will become more and more common. NFC can be integrated into a vehicle so that when it comes into contact with our phone, the vehicle can be opened as if it were a key to be used.
Apple, Audi, BMW, General Motors, Hyundai, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Volkswagen, Alps Electric, Continental Automotive, DENSO and Qualcomm are among the major players working on this technology, proof of the possible impact it can have on our lives face to face.
To identify yourself at checkout
You may not know but you do not need to use the card to identify yourself at the ATM. It is enough to have the mobile phone unlocked so that it can read our NFC chip (in case the mobile phone is configured for this) and the ATM will recognize our card.
Personally, this is an option that I always use, as it saves having to take the cards out of the wallet and is extremely useful. when you forgot the card. You take out your mobile, place it above the wireless reader of the ATM and that’s it, you can now operate normally.
And to continue with the banking issue, we had to talk about mobile payments. The main advantage here is that you can take several cards stored in the mobileso we don’t need to look in the portfolio for the one we want to use depending on the circumstances.
Applications such as Google Pay or Samsung Pay allow us to register and configure several cards, so that we can choose which one we want to use from the phone itself. This is a fairly fast means of payment, as long as the point of sale has the possibility of paying wirelessly, which is very common today.
Currently it is not a widespread practice, but the NFC of our mobiles can be used as a personal identifier. For example, during the Mobile World Congress itself, NFC badges were implemented, accreditations via NFC which allowed access to the place via this identifier. This method is applicable to workplaces, festivals, travel tickets and other
While Bluetooth is still the king when it comes to connecting to devices, NFC isn’t far behind when it comes to connection speed and stability. Thanks to this technology we can connect the mobile to headphones and speakers fairly quickly, without having to go through the Bluetooth connection process which, depending on the device, can be somewhat tedious.
Automation of actions
NFC tags have been around for years and allow automate actions when our phone detects them. For example, we can automate the WiFi connection when we enter the house, activate music playback, configure alerts and more.
Share WiFi Key
Sharing Wi-Fi when friends or family come to your house can be a real hassle. By using an NFC tag and an app like Trigger to define its functions, we can make the NFC tag be an activator of said key. This way we can share our network data in an easy way.
Access public content
Related to the automation of tasks, it is worth devoting a few words to how NFC can be put at the service of citizens free of charge. For example, in the city of Granada, a combined system of QR and NFC codes has been implemented at the Alhambra. Bring the mobile closer to a surface we can access different guidesa fairly comfortable way to have it at hand via the smartphone.