All About Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wavin™

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Near Field Communication (NFC) has been a developing technology that now sees widespread adoption across a variety of different experiences. For example, NFC is central technology that allows you to pay for your morning coffee by ‘tapping’ your phone, or quickly jump on and off buses by tapping your credit card. Instead of slower, more processing-intensive technologies such as Quick Response (QR) codes, NFC uses radio waves to communicate amongst devices, giving users a quick, easy and seamless experience wherever they use the technology.

That’s why Wavin™ is powered by NFC, as we know all too well it’s endless benefits of cumbersome processes like scanning a QR Code or entering a website link manually.

“How do I even use NFC?”, “Does my device support NFC?” In this post, we’re going to explore how to use the NFC technology to Wavin and Wave Out with ease.

Does my device support NFC?

This is a good place to start, and also a great question. The actual NFC technology has been around for a long time, but only relatively recently has it been embedded into the central heart of mobile devices, like Apple iPhones and Android devices. These two categories in particular have adopted NFC with varying degrees, so let’s break it down.

Apple iPhone

If you’ve got an iPhone 7 (September 2015) or later, then good news – Your device has NFC capabilities! That means it’s capable of reading and translating our Wavin™ Sensors.

There is one important caveat to note hear, and that’s whether your iPhone supports ‘background reading’. Devices that support background reading are, essentially, continuously listening around them to see if they’ve been brought near a sensor. They can then immediately prompt the user when they’ve been brought near a sensor, regardless of whether the device is locked or not.

On the other hand, devices that don’t support background reading require the user to perform a manual, user-initiated action in order to read a sensor. They also require an app to initiate the action.

In terms of models, the iPhone XS (2018) and later support background reading, which accounts for a significant share of the iPhone market. If your iPhone is a younger model, check out the ‘NFC Apps’ section of this post for a great list of apps you can download to read our Wavin™ sensors.

Google Nexus & Google Pixel

If you have either a Nexus 5X / Nexus 6P or any variant of the Google Pixel, then great news!  Your device is fully compatible with our Wavin™ NFC Sensors. Just wave your phone over the Wavin™ Sensor to complete your check in.

Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note

Most Samsung Galaxy and Samsung Note devices since 2016 support full NFC capabilities. In particular, all models in the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series line up are full compatible. That means you can simply wave your device over a Wavin™ sensor to complete your check in.

Some earlier models, including the Galaxy J series and Galaxy A series have limited support for NFC. To find out whether your device is compatible, refer to your device’s specifications, and lookout for ‘NFC’. Your device will most likely be compatible with our sensors if it includes an ‘NFC Chip’.

Huawei

Huawei’s most popular series, the ‘Mate’ models, are fully compatible with Wavin™ sensors. That means you can simply wave your Huawei Mate device over a Wavin™ sensor to complete your check in.

Some earlier Huawei devices have limited NFC capabilities, depending on where you purchased the device from. This includes the Ascend and Ascend P model line ups. To find out if your device is compatible, refer to your device’s specifications, and lookout for ‘NFC’.

OnePlus

Similar to the Google Nexus and Google Pixel devices, all OnePlus mobile devices support full NFC capabilities. Just wave your phone over the Wavin™ Sensor to complete your check in!

LG

Most of LG’s mobile smartphones since 2014 include an NFC Chip within the device. This means it’s likely your LG smartphone will be fully compatible with our Wavin™ sensors! To check in to a Wavin™ location, simply wave your LG device across the Sensor and follow the prompts!

Sony

Similar to LG, most if not all of Sony’s mobile smartphones made in the last 10 years will include an NFC Chip. This means you can simply wave your Sony Xperia device across a Wavin™ Sensor to check in to a Wavin™ venue or location.

My device doesn’t support NFC – How do I Wavin™?

Since NFC is missing from a select subset of devices, our Wavin™ Sensors include two fallback methods for these older devices. The first is QR Code scanning, which is already embedded into the vast majority of mobile smartphone operating systems.

To scan a QR code with an Apple iPhone that doesn’t support native NFC reading, simply open the camera app on your device, and point the camera at the QR Code printed on the Sensor. You’ll be taken to the same page that NFC Wavin™ users will be taken to, meaning you won’t be missing out!

Finally, if your device doesn’t support NFC or QR Code scanning, then all our Wavin™ sensors include a unique website address you can manually type into your device’s internet browser. This web link is printed below the QR Code on our Wavin™ sensors. Just enter the link in your web browser, and you’ll be taken to the same place our other Wavin™ NFC and QR Code users are taken to, so you won’t miss a beat!

Can I use an app to read Wavin™ NFC Sensors?

If you’ve got an iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or iPhone X, you can install an application from the Apple App Store which will allow you to read our Wavin™ NFC Sensors. We’ve prepared a list of apps you could download below.

Remember that you can still check in to a Wavin™ location without any additional downloading of apps, just by opening the camera app on your device and pointing it at the QR Code printed on our Wavin™ Sensors!

NFC Apps for iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X:

NFC for iPhone, NFC-Reader, NFC App

Please Note: Wavin™ Technologies is not affiliated with any of the above applications, and cannot guarantee their availability at time of reading. Apple and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S and other countries.