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.
Find your phone in the full NFC enabled phone list further down this page.
Does the iPhone have NFC ?
From the iPhone 6 onwards, yes. However, NFC functionality will depend on your generation of iPhone and the software you are running.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have NFC, but only for payments. They cannot scan NFC tags either with or without an App.
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. In addition, the iPhone XS and XR can encode NFC tags when running the latest iOS 13 software.
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, Seritag 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 ever be able to use them 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 unless you have the latest iOS 13 software. 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 on these phones still need to download and open 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. Note that the tag does need to be encoded. A blank NFC tag will create no response.
Which NFC tags can I use with my phone ?
Seritag sell a wide range of NFC tags and all our stock NTAG213, NTAG210micro and iCODE SLIX tags will work with all NFC enabled mobile phones. If you are looking for tags to get started, then choose the NTAG series chip and you won’t go wrong.
There are some other NFC chips on the market that Seritag do not sell, such as the ‘MIFARE® Classic 1k’ which will not work with all phones and is not NFC Forum compatible. We would recommend that you do not buy tags with this chip.
Generally, select the largest size NFC tag that you can use up to around 40mm. Larger tags do scan better. If you aren’t sure than our popular 29mm size is a good place to start.