NFC Enabled Phones
Does my phone have NFC ?
A few years ago there were no more than a handful of phones supporting NFC. Now, all of the top ten manufacturers sell NFC phones. Over time, this phone list has grown and it’s regularly updated to keep the list as accurate as possible.
Use this as a guideline only because there are regional variations and phone manufacturers can change specification. Always check with the phone vendor before making a purchase.
The current most popular searches are Apple iPhone XS, Apple iPhone XR, Apple iPhone XS Max, Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2.
Find your phone in the full NFC enabled phone list.
Does the iPhone have NFC ?
Sort of. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have NFC, but only for payments. The iPhones 7, 8 and X also have NFC for payments but additionally, with iOS 11 and an NFC App, they can read NFC tags. The latest iPhone XS, XS Max and XR have NFC for payments and can read NFC tags with or without an additional App. At present, no iPhone can write to an NFC tag.
The latest generation of iPhones, the XS, XS Max and XR are the first to be able to read NFC out of box. It’s not known whether Apple will add native tag reading into any previous generations of iPhone. At the time of writing, NFC.Today think that it is unlikely that this will happen.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the first Apple iPhone mobile phones with NFC technology built in. However, while you can use NFC in the iPhone 6/6S to make payments, you can’t and won’t be able to use it to read NFC Tags.
There’s some important notes here. Firstly, the iPhone 7/8/X/XS/XS Max/XR can only read NFC tags. They cannot yet write. Whether they will be able to write in the future is not known. Secondly, and very importantly as mentioned, unlike Android, at the time of writing there was no native support within iOS on the 7, 8 or X for reading NFC tags. This means that users will need to download an App to scan an NFC tag.
If you have an iPhone 7, 8 or X, we have put together a tutorial on how to read NFC tags with an iPhone to get you started. If you have an iPhone XS, XS Max or XR, just hold your iPhone close to an encoded NFC tag.
Which NFC tags can I use with my phone ?
Many of NFC tags available on the market are compatible with all mobile phones. The exception is the ‘MIFARE® Classic 1k’ chip which does not work with all mobiles. The MIFARE Classic 1k is not listed for compatibility any more here because it is really now more of a specialist chip.
There is another more common problem that is listed here which is that Windows phones require that NFC tags with an MFIARE Ultralight® chip are formatted (‘NDEF formatted’) before they can be encoded by the phone. On the table below, this is indicated this with ‘format‘.