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Encoding NFC Tags

 

Encoding NFC Tags with a Smartphone

The Simplist way to encode an NFC tag is to use an encoding app on an NFC enabled phone. Most recent phones in the market are NFC enabled phones, to be able to read and write (encode) NFC tags all you need to do is to turn NFC on from the setting page in your phone.

 

Android Phones NFC Apps

There are plenty of NFC apps available for free from the Android app store which enables you to encode a tag, the most useful one is the NFC TagWriter by NXP. This app is used to encode NFC tags by stores contacts, bookmarks, geo location, Bluetooth Handover, SMS, Mail, text messages and much more to any NFC-enabled tags as well as to items like posters, business cards, watches and much more containing NFC-enabled electronics.

Once data has been stored the application allows also reading and viewing the programmed data including options to launch applications automatically based on the contained data.

NFC TagWriter by NXP is available as a free download from Google Play, click here to download. NFC TagWriter has Advanced features like tag UID mirroring, tag interaction counter and tag protection options. Full documentation can be viewed in this PDF file.

Another useful App is the NFC TagInfo by NXP, this App is available as a free download from Google Play, click here to download. This app will allow you to extract and analyze NFC data sets (NDEF messages), display the complete tag memory as well as to identify IC types and IC manufacturer.

Alternatively, there are also the following apps, also free: NFC Tools, NFC Writer by Tagstand

If you are looking for an app to make your device do some task (i.e. enable/disable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, or launch some apps), we recommend: Trigger (formerly known as NFC Task Launcher) is perfect for private use of NFC Tags.

iPhone and iPad NFC Apps (iOS)

About reading NFC tags with an iPhone, you can find the following applications on iTunes:
NFC TagInfo by NXP, free, compatible with iOS 11, is the official app of the IC manufacturer.
NFC Ideas, free, compatible with iOS 8.1 and later. In order to use the iPhone NFC sensor, you need iOS 11 or later.
Please note that the iPhone is compatible with all NTAG®, MIFARE® and ICODE® chips. The iPhone also can’t detect empty tags, but just those containing an NDEF message.

Windows Phone NFC Apps

On Microsoft Store, you can find the following Apps, all compatible with Windows Phone 8 / 8.1, and Windows 10 Mobile:
NFC Commander allows you to read and write NFC Tags, and to automate some actions on your Phone (Fee App)
NFC Launchit allows you to launch apps installed on your Smartphone (Fee App)
NFC Tag Creator allows you to read and write NFC Tags, and to launch apps installed on your Smartphone, (Paid App)
NFC TagWriter Pro allows you to read and write NFC Tags, (Paid App)
NFC Interactor (Paid App)

BlackBerry NFC Apps

For BlackBerry, we recommend the Smart Tags app, which is free and compatible with BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Porsche Design P9982, Passport, and Passport Silver Edition.

Nokia NFC Apps

For those Nokia phones which don’t run Windows, unfortunately, there is not much choice. It seems the only available app is the aforementioned NFC Interactor, which is not free. According to Steve Litchfield, it would be compatible with different models Symbian, including C7 and N9.

NFC Samsung Apps

In addition to other Android Apps, you can use a Samsung App called “Tags” it is preinstalled in some models.

 


 

 

Encoding NFC Tags with a desktop device (Windows / Mac)

Computers are not equipped with an NFC sensor. Consequently, if you want to encode NFC Tags with a PC or a Mac, first you need to get an NFC encoder. On each product’s page, you can find information about that reader’s drivers and software.

In general, we recommend the following software, which can be downloaded for free, and are compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

TagXplorer Developed in collaboration with NXP (the world leading company in the market for the production of NFC chips), TagXplorer allows performing even uncommon types of encoding, such as password-protection, scan counter, or the encoding of single blocks of the chip.

TagXplorer software works only with handful readers the cheapest one is  OMNIKEY 5022  which cost around £55 (see list below), unfortunately, ACR122U is not not compatibale with TagXplorer.

Advanced Card Systems: ACR1281
HID Global: OMNIKEY 5022
Identiv: uTrust 3700, uTrust 4701, CLOUD 3700
NXP: Pegoda, Pegoda 2 


 

 

List of all NFC Enabled Smartphones and Tablets

Brand Model OS
Acer CloudMobile S500 Android
Acer Liquid E1 Android
Acer Liquid S2 Android
Alcatel 1x Android
Alcatel 3 Android
Alcatel 5 Android
Alcatel 5V Android
Alcatel A7 Android
Alcatel Idol 3 Android
Apple iPhone 7 iOS 11
Apple iPhone 8 iOS 11
Apple iPhone X iOS 11
Apple iPhone Xs iOS
Apple iPhone Xs Max iOS
Apple iPhone Xr iOS
Asus Padfone 2 Android
Asus Padfone Infinity Android
Asus ROG Phone Android
Asus Zenfone 2 Android
Asus Zenfone 5 Android
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite Android
Asus Zenfone 5Z Android
Blackberry Bold 9900 Blackberry OS
Blackberry Bold 9930 Blackberry OS
Blackberry Classic Blackberry 10
Blackberry Curve 9350 Blackberry OS
Blackberry Curve 9360 Blackberry OS
Blackberry Curve 9370 Blackberry OS
Blackberry Curve 9380 Blackberry OS
Blackberry Key2 LE Android
Blackberry KEYone Android
Blackberry P’9982 Porsche Design Blackberry 10
Blackberry P’9983 Blackberry 10
Blackberry Q10 Blackberry 10
Blackberry Q5 Blackberry 10
Blackberry Z10 Blackberry 10
Blackberry Z30 Blackberry 10
Dell Venue 8 Pro 5830 Windows 8.1
Fujitsu Arrows A 301F Android
Fujitsu Arrows NX F-01F Android
Fujitsu Arrows NX F-05F Android
Fujitsu Arrows NX F-06E Android
Fujitsu Arrows S eM01F Android
Fujitsu Arrows V F-04E Android
Google Galaxy Nexus Android
Google Nexus 10 Android
Google Nexus 4 Android
Google Nexus 5 Android
Google Nexus 5X Android
Google Nexus 6 Android
Google Nexus 6P Android
Google Nexus 7 (2013) Android
Google Nexus 7 (2012) Android
Google Nexus 9 Android
Google Nexus S Android
Google Pixel Android
Google Pixel XL Android
Google Pixel 2 Android
Google Pixel 2 XL Android
Google Pixel 3 Android
Google Pixel 3 XL Android
Honor 8 Pro Android
Honor 9 Android
Honor Magic Android
Honor Magic 2 Android
Honor Note 10 Android
Honor V9 Android
Honor View 20 Android
HTC 8X Windows Phone
HTC 10 Android
HTC 10 Evo Android
HTC Amaze 4G Android
HTC Desire 12s Android
HTC Desire 530 Android
HTC Desire 610 Android
HTC Desire 620 Android
HTC Desire 620G Android
HTC Desire 816 Android
HTC Desire 820 Android
HTC Desire C Android
HTC Desire Eye Android
HTC Evo 4G LTE Android
HTC First Android
HTC J Butterfly Android
HTC One Android
HTC One A9 Android
HTC One M8 Android
HTC One M8 for Windows Windows Phone
HTC One M9 Android
HTC One M9+ Android
HTC One Max Android
HTC One Mini 2 Android
HTC One SV Android
HTC One VX Android
HTC One X Android
HTC One X+ Android
HTC One X10 Android
HTC One XL Android
HTC U11 Android
HTC U11 EYEs Android
HTC U11 Life Android
HTC U11 Plus Android
HTC U12 Life Android
HTC U12 Plus Android
Huawei Ascend G6 Android
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Android
Huawei Ascend P2 Android
Huawei Ascend P7 Android
Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone
Huawei G8 Android
Huawei Mate 9 Android
Huawei Mate 10 Android
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Android
Huawei Mate 20 Android
Huawei Mate 20 X Android
Huawei Mate S Android
Huawei Nexus 6P Android
Huawei Nova Young Android
Huawei P smart Android
Huawei P Smart Plus Android
Huawei P8 Android
Huawei P8 Lite 2017 Android
Huawei P9 Android
Huawei P9 Plus Android
Huawei P10 Android
Huawei P10 Lite Android
Huawei P10 Plus Android
Huawei P20 Android
Huawei P20 Pro Android
Huawei Watch 2 Android
Intel AZ210 Android
Jolla Jolla Sailfish OS
Kapsys SmartConnect Android
Kapsys SmartVision Android
Kapsys SmartVision Lite Android
Komu K8 4G Android
Lenovo P2 Android
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon * Windows 10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga * Windows 10
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga * Windows 10
LG Escape Android
LG G Flex 2 Android
LG G2 Android
LG G2 Mini LTE Android
LG G3 D855 Android
LG G3 S Android
LG G4 (H815) Android
LG G5 Android
LG G6 (H870) Android
LG G7 Fit Android
LG G7 One Android
LG K10 Android
LG K10 2018 Android
LG K10 Alpha 2018 Android
LG K10 Plus 2018 Android
LG L Fino Android
LG L50 Android
LG Nexus 5X Android
LG Optimus 4X HD Android
LG Optimus L5 Android
LG Optimus L5 II Android
LG Optimus L7 II Android
LG Optimus L9 II Android
LG Optimus Vu 2 Android
LG Power X Android
LG Prada 3.0 Android
LG Q Stylus Android
LG Q6 Android
LG Q6 Alpha Android
LG Q6 Plus Android
LG Q7 Android
LG Q7 Alpha Android
LG Q7 Plus Android
LG Q8 Android
LG Q9 Android
LG Spectrum 2 Android
LG V10 Android
LG V30 Android
LG V30 ThinQ Android
LG V35 ThinQ Android
LG V40 ThinQ Android
LG X venture Android
Microsoft Lumia 640XL Windows Phone
Microsoft Lumia 650 Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft Lumia 950 Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft Lumia 950XL Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft Surface Go Windows 10
Motorola Droid Razr i Android
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Android
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD Android
Motorola Moto E4 Android
Motorola Moto E4 Plus Android
Motorola Moto G 2014 Android
Motorola Moto G5S Plus Android
Motorola Moto Maxx Android
Motorola Moto x Android
Motorola Moto X Play Android
Motorola Moto Z2 Force Android
Motorola Moto Z2 Play Android
Motorola Moto Z3 Play Power Edition Android
Motorola Photon Q Android
Nokia 3 Android
Nokia 5 Android
Nokia 5.1 Android
Nokia 7 Plus Android
Nokia 8 Android
Nokia 603 Symbian
Nokia 6131 Nokia OS
Nokia 6212 Classic Nokia OS
Nokia 6216 Classic Nokia OS
Nokia 700 Symbian
Nokia 701 Symbian
Nokia 808 PureView Symbian
Nokia C7 Symbian
Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 720 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 730 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 735 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 810 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 822 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 830 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 928 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 930 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia Icon Windows Phone
Nokia N9 MeeGo
OnePlus One Android
OnePlus 3 Android
OnePlus 3T Android
OnePlus 5 Android
OnePlus 5T Android
OnePlus 6 Android
OnePlus 6T Android
Oppo Find X Android
Oppo N3 Android
Oppo RX17 Pro Android
RugGear RG500 Android
RugGear RG700 Android
RugGear RG900 Android
Samsung Ativ S Windows Phone
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Android 8.0
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Android 8.0
Samsung Galaxy A7 Android
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Android
Samsung Galaxy A8 Android
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Android
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 Android
Samsung Galaxy A8s Android
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Android
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 Android
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Android
Samsung Galaxy Core 2 Android
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance Android
Samsung Galaxy Core Plus Android
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime Android
Samsung Galaxy Express 2 Android
Samsung Galaxy Fame Android
Samsung Galaxy Fame Lite Android
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Android
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Android
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) Android
Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus Android
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Android
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Android
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro Android
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus Android
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Android
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Android
Samsung Galaxy Mega Android
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Android
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Android
Samsung Galaxy S3 Android
Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom Android
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Android
Samsung Galaxy S6 Android
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Android
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Android
Samsung Galaxy S7 Android 8
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Android
Samsung Galaxy S9 Android
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Android
Samsung Galaxy Superior Android
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Android
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 Android
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 (G388F) Android
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 (G389F) Android
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 Android
Samsung Galaxy Young Android
Samsung W2019 Android
Samsung Wave 578 Bada
Sharp Aquos D10 Android
Sony SmartWatch 2 Android
Sony Xperia Acro S Android
Sony Xperia C4 Android
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Android
Sony Xperia Ion Android
Sony Xperia L Android
Sony Xperia L2 Android
Sony Xperia M Android
Sony Xperia M Dual Android
Sony Xperia M2 Android
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Android
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Android
Sony Xperia M5 Android
Sony Xperia P Android
Sony Xperia S Android
Sony Xperia SL Android
Sony Xperia Sola Android
Sony Xperia SP Android
Sony Xperia T Android
Sony Xperia T3 Android
Sony Xperia Tablet Z Android
Sony Xperia TX Android
Sony Xperia V Android
Sony Xperia X Android
Sony Xperia X Compact Android
Sony Xperia X Performance Android
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Android
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Android
Sony Xperia XA2 Android
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Android
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Android
Sony Xperia XZ Android
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Android
Sony Xperia XZ1 Android
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Android
Sony Xperia Z Android
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Android
Sony Xperia Z1 Android
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Android
Sony Xperia Z2 Android
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Android
Sony Xperia Z3 Android
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Android
Sony Xperia Z3+ Android
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Android
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Android
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Android
Sony Xperia ZL Android
Stonex Stonex One Android
Turkcell T11 Android
Turkcell T40 Android
Xiaomi MI 2a Android
Xiaomi Mi 3 Android
Xiaomi Mi 4 Android
Xiaomi Mi 5 Android
Xiaomi Mi 5s Android
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Android
Xiaomi Mi 5X Android
Xiaomi Mi 6 Android
Xiaomi Mi 8 Android
Xiaomi Mi Mix Android
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Android
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Android
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Android
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Android
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Android