What is NFC and how do I use it?

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology allows users to make secure transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices with a touch. NFC transmissions are short range (from a touch to a few centimetres) and require the devices to be in close proximity.

NFC is the technology in contactless cards, and the most common use of NFC technology in your smartphone is making easy payments with Samsung Pay. NFC can also be used to quickly connect with wireless devices and transfer data with Android Beam.

Turning on and changing your NFC settings
1 Open the Settings app
Tap Settings
2 Tap Connections
Tap Connections
3 Tap NFC and contactless payments
Tap NFC and payment
4 Tap the switch to turn NFC on
Tap the switch to turn it on

Now that NFC has been enabled on your device, you can change your settings for contactless payments.

5 Tap Contactless payments
Tap the switch next to Android Beam to turn it on
6 Select your preferred mobile payment service and follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting it up
Tap your preferred mobile payment service to begin setting it up

How do I quickly turn NFC on and off?
1 Swipe down from the top of the screen twice, to access your quick settings
Swipe down from the top of the screen to access your quick settings
2 Swipe left to see more options
Swipe left to see more options
3 Tap NFC to turn it on or off
Tap NFC

What devices support NFC?

Samsung Z series

  • Z Flip
  • Z Flip 5G
  • Fold2 5G
  • Fold 5G

Samsung S series

  • S21 models (S21 Ultra 5G, S21+ 5G, S21)
  • S20 models (S20 Ultra, S20+, S20)
  • S10 models (S10+, S10, S10e)
  • S9 models (S9+, S9)
  • S8 models (S8+, S8)
  • S7 models (S7 Edge, S7)
  • S6 models (S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, S6)
  • S5 models (S5 Neo, S5)
  • S4 models (S4, S4 Active, S4 Mini)
  • S3 models (S3, S3 Mini)

Samsung Note series

  • Note20 models (Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 5G, Note 20)
  • Note10 models (Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10, Note10 Lite)
  • Note9
  • Note8
  • Note5
  • Note4
  • Note3 models (Note3, Note3 Neo)
  • Note II

Samsung A series

  • A11 (2020)
  • A21 (2020)
  • A21S (2020)
  • A31 (2020)
  • A41 (2020)
  • A42 5G (2020)
  • A51, A51 5G (2020)
  • A71, A71 5G (2020)
  • A10, A10s (2019)
  • A20, A20s (2019)
  • A30, A30s (2019)
  • A40, A40s (2019)
  • A50, A50s (2019)
  • A60 (2019)
  • A70, A70s (2019)
  • A80 (2019)
  • A90 (2019)
  • A6, A6+ (2018)
  • A7 (2018)
  • A8, A8, A8 Star (2018)
  • A8 (2018)
  • A3 (2017)
  • A5 (2017)
  • A7 (2017)
  • A 2016

Samsung J series

  • J3 Pro (2016)
  • J4+ (2018)
  • J5 (2016 + 2017)
  • J6+ (2018)
  • J7 (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • J7 Pro (2017)

 

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