How to check NFC on iPhone
What are we going to do to make NFC work as intended?
Many good wireless headphones and portable speakers have NFC support. In 99% of cases, it allows you to skip the pairing procedure through the Bluetooth menu. Just bring your smartphone to the accessory. and you’re done.
Apple has blocked NFC in the iPhone for a very long time for any purpose other than Apple Pay, so iPhone owners have long been accustomed to ignoring the feature in all accessories. Now let’s get out of the habit.
Thanks to the instructions below and the iOS 13 Commands, you can use NFC in your headphones and speakers to connect your iPhone to them with one swipe without any Settings or menus at all.
How to enable real NFC on your iPhone in 1 minute
Today I will tell you how to make NFC in iPhone really useful. Not even so: we will actually turn it on.
The iPhone has had the module itself for many years, and it is completely freely used by the Apple Pay contactless payment system.
But if you try to connect any accessory to the iPhone via NFC, you will be disappointed. precisely, it waited until the last moment.
By default, iOS ignores NFC tags in wireless headphones and portable speakers. the ones designed for quick connections. It’s a pity, because it’s very convenient: you bring the headphone case to the iPhone, and it automatically connects to your earplugs.
Android has done this since time immemorial, so why are we worse? It turns out to be almost nothing. thanks to Commands in iOS 13.
I was pleased with the positive reaction to the previous post about automating the connection of Airpods to Apple gadgets. Anyway, Commands in iOS 13 is a really powerful tool, learning which brings tangible benefits.
So I decided not to stop and offer you something cooler.
Instruction. We turn on the connection to headphones and speakers via NFC
▸ iPhone with iOS 13. iPad won’t work, iPod touch too, they just don’t have NFC
▸ wireless headphones or speakers with an NFC tag. If the accessory does not have an NFC tag, it doesn’t matter. Even your bank card can serve it, as I wrote about here
How do you know if your accessory has NFC? The NFC emblem is applied to the body of the accessory next to or directly above the location of the tag. For successful pairing, it must be directed towards the back of the smartphone. The range is low and is a maximum of a couple of centimeters.
Before starting the setup, make sure that the accessory is connected to your gadget right now, this is important. Go.
Open Commands and go to the Automation tab. If accidentally deleted, just download again from the App Store.
Click on in the upper right corner or immediately select Create automation for yourself.
In the list that opens, scroll down to the NFC item. Tap on Scan opposite NFC Tag.
We bring your headphones or speakers with the NFC tag to the upper part of the back of the iPhone. where it has a camera.
Nothing happens? Do not make any sudden movements and hold the mark under the iPhone for at least a second before moving it. for some reason, the initial recognition of a tag in iOS 13 takes much longer than it will take after setup.
You can also use any NFC tag, not just the one built into your headphones or speakers. In addition to bank cards, even a passage from the office or an NFC sticker from AliExpress can serve as a tag. Thus, the quick connection function can be added to any Bluetooth speaker. The main thing is not to lose the mark itself.
As soon as the iPhone finds the tag of the accessory, it will offer to name it. Write and keep going.
Now we add a new action that will be performed when the iPhone finds this NFC tag. Select Scripts, scroll down and click Set Playback Location.
In the list that opens, select the headphones or speakers that will connect to the iPhone when you bring it to the NFC tag. In my case, these are Sony WF-1000XM3 headphones.
If nothing is listed, you have not connected the accessory to your iPhone in advance. Do this and return to the current point of the instruction.
We’re almost done. It remains only to disable the Ask before launch option and confirm your choice.
Now, every time you bring your iPhone to the included headphones or speakers, they should connect to each other.
NFC on iPhone 7, 8, and X
Unlike Android, iPhone cannot be forced to connect to unknown (previously unpaired) devices through the Automation we just created. We are waiting for iOS 14 and further indulgences for NFC from Apple.
In quick settings
Another way to test NFC is to open “quick settings”. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the menu. The N-shaped icon is adjacent to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons. By tapping on the emblem, you enable or disable the NFC function.
If your smartphone supports the NFC function and the icon is not displayed in the settings shade, add the icon manually. To do this, open “Quick Settings” and hold down the gear icon for a couple of seconds. A window with advanced section settings will open.
At the bottom of the screen, the message “System UI Tuner has been added to the settings menu” will appear. Tap on it and open the “Quick Settings” section. Smartphone function icons are displayed here. By holding and moving an icon, add or remove icons.
Refine the list of characteristics
You can check the operation of NFC in the phone in the official instructions for the gadget. The manual comes with a phone, charger and headphones. For example, for a smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4, you can download the manual in electronic form and read it on your smartphone. Wow, that was leaked to the network! Fuck! Mom caresses her son’s penis. See not deleted yet!
Open the section “Internet and Communications” in the official manual, find sub-items 72-73 NFC and S Beam. The company gives a detailed guide to activating and using the chip. In other models, the instruction is different, but if the chip is supported, you will find information about it in a similar section.
Physically on battery
Some companies put NFC symbols on their smartphone batteries.
For example, on the battery of a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Near Field Communication inscription is located at the top. The NFC antenna is located under the sticker and is therefore not visible. A significant disadvantage of this method of introducing the antenna is in the short-lived life of the battery. If the battery requires replacement, a problem arises. non-original batteries usually do not have an antenna. Therefore, the owner will have to try to find the right battery.
How to check NFC on Android phone?
Answering the question “how to find out if there is NFC in the phone?”, Let’s say right away that there are three ways to check NFC: detect the presence of a special sticker (stylized letter N), open the settings, or install an application that scans the NFC chip. We will consider each method in more detail further.
So, the first way to find out if the phone supports NFC is to look into the settings. Active chip information is displayed there.
- Open “Settings”, go to the “” section. If the near-field communication function is available, you will see the NFC column, and below the Android Beam.
- Check the box to activate. both functions will turn on at the same time.
Directly transferring files occurs via Bluetooth, but Android Beam turns it on automatically when another device with NFC approaches. This means that you do not need to manually enable the Bluetooth option as before. the chip does it on its own. After the transfer process is complete, the chip turns off Bluetooth so as not to drain the battery.
How to find out if there is NFC in the phone, check the work?
How do I know if my smartphone has NFC? The article will give a detailed answer to this and other questions related to the NFC function.
How To Use NFC Tags With Your iPhone
How to check if NFC is working on the phone using the app? Simple enough.
The principle of operation is reflected in the screenshot: the utility scans the device, and if a chip is integrated into the smartphone, a green message “NFC is: supported” appears on the screen. If the chip is not provided, the program displays the message “NFC is: unsupported”.
There are many similar applications, but they differ only in the design of the interface, the principle of operation is the same. first the program scans the smartphone, then notifies the owner about the presence or absence of a built-in NFC chip.
Which iPhones have NFC?
Apple can be called conservative in terms of the use of new technologies and developments.
Despite the fact that the production of gadgets with an NFC chip began in 2006 with the Nokia 6131 phone, and the first “apple” smartphone iPhone 2G was presented in 2007, Apple developers began to integrate the chip into smartphones only in the iPhone 6 and higher lineup. Unfortunately, iPhone owners before the sixth model cannot use the NFC function.
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Apple Pay doesn’t work on iPhone. How to fix?
Today’s iPhones are capable of not only serving as communication and entertainment devices, but also as a means of payment. Many owners of Apple smartphones have completely stopped taking bank cards out of their wallets. why should they, if you can just attach the phone to the terminal? And it becomes very inconvenient if Apple Pay stops working on iPhone. Let’s see why this happens, and what to do in a similar situation.
Apple Pay can fail one day. Why?
Why Apple Pay doesn’t work on iPhone
Of course, this problem will not arise out of the blue. Often, problems with the NFC chip appear due to physical impact on the phone. for example, if the iPhone is dropped, or due to unqualified repairs. It was the fall that caused the problems with Apple Pay on the iPhone X, which got to the engineers at the Apple Pro service center.
In this state, the phone got to the service center
Alas, the broken back glass was not the only consequence of the fall of this phone. Apple Pay stopped working, and after a factory reset, the iPhone owner decided to re-link bank cards, but the phone refused to register new cards. Re-flashing the smartphone from the DFU mode also did not help: the iPhone turned into a “brick” and stopped being activated, because if the soldering was broken or the NFC chip was faulty, the smartphone could not go through the activation procedure.
After flashing the device turned into a “brick”
The iPhone‘s back glass is damaged when dropped
IPhone NFC Repair
Repair and replacement of the NFC module is considered a rather complicated and delicate procedure that cannot be done on your own. First, experts diagnose the problem. you need to open the smartphone and see what condition the components are in. Its results will determine whether it is possible to repair (reball) the chip, or whether it needs to be replaced. If the chip itself is out of order, it can be replaced with another one, but in this case Apple Pay will not work.
Splitting the motherboard into two parts
The motherboard of this device is a single structure, consisting of two separate parts, soldered together in the form of a sandwich. On the top are the main elements. the processor, memory, power controller, and so on, and on the bottom. the radio part, where the modem and all the components responsible for connecting the iPhone to the network and to all wireless devices, including NFC are located.
When unsoldering, a break was found in the contact pads on the top of the motherboard. As a result, communication with the bottom of the board was disrupted.
Checking broken pads and restoring contacts
Engineer uses special software and microscope
In this case, due to the impact, the contact pads were broken, which are responsible for the exchange of data between the central processor and the NFC chip. Contact pads have been restored.
We restore the contact conductors on the top of the board
Since the “sandwich” of the board is soldered with low-melting low-temperature solder, it is soldered on heating without using a hot air gun. Thus, local overheating can be avoided due to uniform heating of the board.
Installing BGA balls on the bottom half of the board to solder from the top
After installation, the motherboard was connected to a laboratory power supply to check the power consumption. The motherboard is connected without peripherals. it starts from the start, then goes into boot mode.
The board starts and boots with normal power consumption, you can install it in the case
After installing the motherboard into the case, the iPhone is flashed. iPhone is put into recovery mode and flashed. The phone then activates without any problems, and Apple Pay can be used again.
The shattered rear glass, of course, was also replaced. the phone is as good as new. This is also not an easy task, we discussed this process in detail in previous articles.
When contacting competent specialists, it will be possible to use such a smartphone for more than one year. over, as we found out at the very beginning, it is better not to repair the iPhone X ourselves. you can only make it worse. Apple Pro Service Center offers free diagnostics of the gadget and the fastest possible replacement of parts at an affordable cost.