NFC (Near Field Communication) may have started out as a means to enable safe and swift payment, but it expanded to be practical for many other applications, including business cards. As more NFC-compatible phones are being made, NFC tags continue to be widely used. Encoding the tags is simpler these days, too, as there are apps and programs dedicated for the task. If you are not sure what to do with NFC tags, here are some ideas and tips that can help you make the most of them:
- In your car – Is your car headset or radio Bluetooth-compatible? Then your NFC tag will simplify their use. Program the tag to switch the Bluetooth on, so your mobile phone can automatically connect to the headset or radio to start playing your music. NFC tags can also be useful when you want to automatically turn on your GPS navigation program.
- In your home – Place an NFC tag by the entrance door, then program it to do actions like switching off Bluetooth, turning on the Wi-Fi, as well as allowing your guests to connect to your WIFI with a single tap (no need to re-enter the Wi-Fi password). It also lets you adjust your smartphone’s ringing volume, setting up an alarm, etc. Certain apps may even trigger the tag to revert the settings when you tap your mobile phone for a given number of times.
- Avoid distractions – NFC tags can be used to set your mobile phone to flight mode during certain times, like when you are working out or in the office. Simply tap when you are done with your tasks. If there is a phone dock on your bedside, set up a tag near it and make it disable your phone’s notifications and sounds, decrease brightness, and enable the alarm.
- Fitness – Place an NFC tag in your gym bag or on your workout armband and instruct it to launch your preferred fitness app to track steps and calories burned, and play your workout playlist.