Near Field Communication (NFC) tags can be used with the iPhone 7 and newer. The NFC tag functionalities of iPhone models varies depending on which version of iOS is being used; while NFC tag reading functionality was first enabled with iOS 11, NFC tag writing functionality was first enabled with iOS 13.
Which iPhone models support NFC?
The iPhone 6 / 6S / 7 / 8 / X / XS / XR / 11 / 11 Pro all support NFC functionality, however the NFC capabilities of these iPhone models are not uniform. With iOS 13 or newer, each device’s NFC capabilities are as follows:
iPhone 6 / 6S
- Apple Pay only
iPhone 7 / 8 / X
- Apple Pay
- Read NFC tags w/ requires third-party app
- Write NFC tags w/ requires third-party app
iPhone XS / XR / 11 / 11 Pro
- Apple Pay
- Read NFC tags
- Write NFC tags w/ third-party app
Which NFC Tags are compatible with iPhone / iOS?
For iPhone users to leverage the power of NFC tags — whether for personal use or commercial use — an NDEF encoded NFC chip should be selected.
There are ultimately two options:
How to Write NFC Tags with iPhone / iOS?
Learn more about writing NFC tags with an iPhone.
How to Read NFC Tags with iPhone / iOS?
Learn more about reading NFC tags with an iPhone.