NFC Tags for iPhone / iOS

This article explains how NFC tags can be used with the iPhone and which iOS devices can read/write NFC tags. You’ll also discover where you can buy NFC tags that are compatible with iPhone / iOS devices.

Do iPhones work with NFC tags?

Yes! Since the release of iOS 11, Apple’s iPhone 7 and newer can read nearly all types of NFC tags that are NDEF encoded with certain requirements.

With the release of iOS 13, the iPhone 7 and newer can also write NDEF encoded data to NFC tags with certain requirements.

Which iPhone models support NFC?

The iPhone 6 / 6S / 7 / 8 / X / XS / XR / 11 / 11 Pro support NFC functionality. With that said, the NFC capabilities of these iPhone models are not uniform. To clarify, GoToTags has broken down each device’s NFC-related abilities when running iOS 13 or newer below:

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 — it’s important to choose a NDEF encoded chip to ensure iOS compatibility.

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?

Note: To write an NFC tag is to encode it.

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 10, 2019

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