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How To: Use NFC with the HTC One

How To: Use NFC with the HTC One

Near Field Communication, otherwise known as NFC is a technology we have seen on a few of HTC’s previous phones so this may not be new information to some readers out there, but never-the-less it is one of the many features packed into the HTC One that we want to highlight. The HTC One has a beautiful design, but with the impressive solid body comes the challenge of where to place the receivers and sensors for the multiple radios so that the phone can be used to communicate with the network and other devices properly. This is a challenge that HTC recently handled LIKE A BOSS with the HTC One and has been somewhat difficult in the past for other manufacturers to overcome; so much so that even Apple was unable to get it right (remember the whole “You’re holding it wrong” thing).

What is NFC?

NFC is a nifty technology that makes it simple to share bits of information in several ways like: between Android phones, with little storage tags, and even making payments via scanners at POS terminals. A similar description for NFC can be found at Android.com:

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4cm or less to initiate a connection. NFC allows you to share small payloads of data between an NFC tag and an Android-powered device, or between two Android-powered devices.

NFC with the HTC One

For starters, you want to ensure NFC is enabled on the HTC One and you need to have the phone unlocked to use the NFC feature. To enable NFC follow these steps:nfc logo

  1. Pull down your notification tray
  2. Select the gear icon in the top right to go to Settings
  3. Under the WIRELESS & NETWORKS group select the More option next to the icon with the three dots
  4. Tap the listing for NFC to add a check mark to the box on the right

Now you should see a new icon in your notification tray near the top middle that looks like the one pictured on the right.

NFC Sensor on HTC OneThe NFC chip in your HTC One is located near the camera lens and uses the plastic strip above the camera to communicate. While interacting with other devices place them near the camera lens to engage NFC on the HTC One. If it is not working, scan your phone over the surface of the other object until it triggers the connection. You should feel a slight vibration or hear a sound when the two devices communicate. The image to the left indicates the best place to place other NFC-capable devices while trying to transfer data.

With NFC one can share content like website, photos, contact cards, apps and more to another phone or device with NFC on board. To do so hold the devices back to back (or sensor to sensor) and tap the screen of the HTC One to send the current type of content on the screen.

Common obstacles

What makes the HTC One different than the previous HTC phones with NFC? It’s outer shell is solid aluminum whereas other models have had sections of plastic on the back for radio antennas, wireless charging, and NFC to have a clear path for communicating. This could very well be the number one reason Apple is shifting to a plastic backed phone with their upcoming version of the Apple iPhone.

What interesting uses have you come up with involving NFC?

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About Andy Medders

With over a decade of IT experience working in and for the US Army, Andy has helped implement pilot programs using Android devices at work and helps others learn how to turn a smartphone into a tool for getting things done. He started a blog about HTC as an outlet to share HTC news without spamming his friends on common social networks, but decided to combine forces with HTCSource to have more of an impact on the HTC community. Andy has had an HTC in his pocket since the days of the T-Mobile MDA.

  • Ez

    Tnx man

  • Subx

    None! I can never get it to work. I am trying to read rfid tags with it but it won’t work. A company demonstrated it using and S4 and it worked straight away. We could not get it to read on my One with the same app NXP Tag Info app installed.
    I seriously don’t think NFC works on the One as i also tried to pair a set of SOL republic portable speakers using NFC and it wouldn’t work.

  • Cheryl Chung

    Thank you so much!
    I have recently bought a Samsung nx300 with remote view finder function.
    With NFC communication, I can connect to my phone instantly!!
    Beautiful self potrait!!

  • Danny

    Works great – migrated my tasker task profiles and all my tags working nicely. My motorbike jacket pocket turns off alarms and calls when I put the HTC on in there and if I then tap my left glove against outside of jacket it looks up GPS location and pays Westminster Council my 1 pound parking fee for the day, right glove taps skip the current track. Other tags I have setup are more boring, like the rank of 10 stuck under my desk which set my morning alarm, so I can just put it down in the right place to set a suitable alarm, I have one at my office which turns off text alerts and a reverse one to achieve the opposite and turn on texts and quiet the email ones when I’m at home.

  • Kirk hannah

    Tried several times to transfer pictures and music. Says cannot transfer large files. find the whole thing useless. Waster 2 hours on nothing.

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