If you have a Metal phone case, you may need to remove the phone from the case in order to read the NFC Smart Tag.

NFC is available on the majority of Android phones out there, but it’s not available on all entry-level handsets. One way to check if your phone has NFC is to look for NFC printing, usually found somewhere in the back of the device.

NFC logo on Sony device.

There are a few different version of the NFC Symbol but these are the most popular:

How to Scan NFC Tags or QR Codes
Nfc Sign Icon

Activating NFC

If your device has NFC, the chip and Android Beam need to be activated so that you can use NFC:

On your Android device, tap on “Settings.”

Select “Connected devices.”

Select “Connection preferences.”

You should see “NFC” and “Android Beam” options.

Turn both of them on.

The quick way to access this is to swipe down from the Quick Menu at the top of the screen and make sure NFC is ON (Blue Icon)

NFC toggle button Android menu. How to use NFC on Android.

The Android Phone's NFC Reader is generally located in the middle or base of the back of the phone.

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Scanning the Smart Tag

Make sure your phone is UNLOCKED - it can be in an App or on the Desktop screen.

Once enabled, just tap (or hold) the phone near the Smart Tag. The phone will vibrate and Prompt to OPEN the Smart Tag with the Mobile App or Web Browser.

Video of Smart Tag scan with Android Phone:

Almost all Androids since 2016. Bluebite has written some very helpful articles on a list of Android NFC Compatible Phones and Android NFC Guide.

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