How to Read NFC Tags on iPhone

NFC tags are small, passive devices that store information that can be read by an NFC reader or an iPhone. These tags come in various forms and sizes, such as keychains or implants, and can be used for different purposes. Whether you want to store your contact details, a website URL, or your social media handles, NFC tags can be placed around your house, in your car, or anywhere you need quick access to information. In this article, we will explore how you can read NFC tags on an iPhone.

Reading NFC Tags on iPhone

NFC has been available on iPhones since the iPhone 6, but initially, it was limited to making payments with Apple Pay. The ability to read NFC tags was introduced with the iPhone 7 and later models (if the iPhone is updated to the latest iOS 14).

If you have an iPhone XR or a newer model, including the iPhone SE 2nd gen, you can read an NFC tag without activating NFC on your iPhone. However, older iPhones like the iPhone 7, 8, and X require you to manually enable NFC to scan a tag.

Reading NFC Tags on iPhone XR and newer models

To scan an NFC tag on the latest iPhones, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the NFC tag.
  2. Bring your iPhone near the NFC tag and gently tap the top left corner of your iPhone with the tag.
    NFC tag on iPhone
  3. The iPhone will instantly read the contents of the tag and display a pop-up message. Tap on the pop-up to take action.
    NFC tag read on iOS

Reading NFC Tags on iPhone 7, 8, and X

Unlike the newer iPhones, iPhone 7, 8, and X do not have the capability to scan tags in the background. You need to manually enable the NFC scanner and then bring your iPhone near the tag to scan it.

To scan an NFC tag on iPhone 7, 8, and X, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to open the Control Center.
  2. Find and tap the NFC reader button at the bottom of the Control Center. This will activate the NFC reader. Then, gently tap the top left corner of your iPhone on the tag.
    NFC tile in Control Center
  3. The iPhone will scan the tag and display the stored information.

Please note that if the NFC tile doesn't show up in the Control Center, you can go to Settings > Control Center and add the NFC tile to the list of active tiles. Additionally, you can learn about the meaning of various icons in the Control Center on your iPhone.

What Else Can You Do With NFC Tags on Your iPhone

Reading NFC tags is just the beginning. There are several other exciting things you can do with NFC tags on your iPhone. For example, you can customize rewriteable tags using an app on your iPhone to store different information. NFC tags can also be used to automate tasks, such as setting timers in the kitchen while cooking. The possibilities are endless!

In conclusion, reading NFC tags on an iPhone is a simple and convenient way to access information stored on these tags. Whether you want to scan tags on the latest iPhones or older models, the process is straightforward. So go ahead, explore the world of NFC tags, and discover the endless possibilities they offer!