NFC stands for Near Field Communications. The use of NFC has gained pace in the mobile industry and has become an innovative staple. All devices supporting NFC are able to communicate with each other through the radio frequencies. The recently released Android Phones and Tablets already come with the embedded NFC chips. Keeping in view of Cell Phones and Tablets, NFC is basically a File and Data Sharing medium. The Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android 4.0 comes with a function called Android Beam. The File and Data sharing between the devices happens quite conveniently via NFC and Android Beam. In order to check, whether your Phone or Tablet has NFC or not, you can look for the word, NFC, printed on the Battery Pack.
In order to use NFC, the very first step is to activate NFC on your cell phone or Tablet. You can do it this way:
- Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > More.
- Tap on the “NFC” tab to activate it. It automatically turns on the “Android Beam function”.
- In case the Android Beam does not automatically turn on, just tap it and select “Yes” to turn it on.
The NFC capabilities of any Smartphone operate fluently with that of the Android Beam function. When the Android Beam is disabled, the NFC’s sharing functionality is restricted and is not fully functional. For data sharing via NFC, you need to follow these steps:
- Activate NFC and Android Beam on both Sending and receiving devices. (Neither of them should be locked)
- Place both the devices’ back against each other.
- Wait for audio confirmation once the devices detect each other.
- Tap on the screen after the display “Touch to Beam” flashes on the screen.
- Do not separate your devices until the beaming has started.
- You’ll get an audio feedback when the file or content has been successfully beamed.
For sharing content via NFC, you just need to open the content for beaming and follow the similar steps.