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What is NFC and what can I use it for?

With NFC (Near Field Communication), you can exchange data safely and quickly. It's comparable to Bluetooth, but the range is less. With a smartphone with NFC, it's possible, for example, to make contactless payments or to transfer the customer card of your favorite store to your smartphone. In this article, we explain how NFC works and what you do with it.

What is NFC?

What is NFC?

NFC stands for Near Field Communication. The maximum range to exchange data is limited to 10 centimeters. Compared to Bluetooth, less data is lost, because NFC connections won't quickly interfere with each other. On top of that, less time and energy are needed to establish a connection. With NFC, you can encode sensitive information, so you can send them without worries. Did someone steal your phone? Thanks to the NFC chip, it can be tracked down via GPS.

NFC tags

NFC tags

You can't just use NFC to transfer data or money from one device to another or to connect your smartphone to your speaker. With so-called NFC tags, the possibilities are far more extensive. Placing a tag like that in your car will signal your smartphone to activate Bluetooth and GPS, for example. How about loyalty cards that can be scanned via NFC? No more messing around with cards in your wallet. You've always got your smartphone on you.

Conclusion

There are plenty of possibilities, but NFC is far from integrated in society. You can count on it as a versatile and safe way of data transfer, though. An important detail: your smartphone needs to support NFC.

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