NFC Tags for iPhone

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:

  1. Buy Encoded NFC Tags
  2. Buy Blank NFC Tags

The GoToTags Store can encode NFC tags for customers; we can also provide the ability to remotely change the action of the tag and gather interaction analytics via the GoToTags Platform.

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.

Updated on October 24, 2019

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