Here is a comprehensive list of the available softwares and apps to encode NFC Tags autonomously. There are applications for PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Encoding NFC Tags with a desktop device
(Windows / Mac OS / Linux)
Computers are not equipped with an NFC sensor. Consequently, if you want to encode NFC Tags with a PC or a Mac, first you need to get an NFC encoder. On each product's page, you can find information about that reader's drivers and software.
In general, we recommend the following softwares, which can be downloaded for free, and are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
Developed in collaboration with NXP (the world leading company in the market for the production of NFC chips), TagXplorer allows to perform even uncommon types of encoding, such as password-protection, scan counter, or the encoding of single blocks of the chip.
- NFC Tools
This is the Desktop version of one of the most downloaded NFC Android applications. Despite being released recently, it already has many interesting features.
We also have a solution (for Windows only) that includes both hardware and software (with a lifetime license). This NFC Tag Editor Kit is useful when you need to program a large number of tags, as it allows continuous writing. This kit includes NFC samples too.
If you don't want to write NFC Tags, we offer the Encoding service: we write the NFC Tags the way you want.
Encoding NFC Tags with a mobile device
Choose your mobile OS:
NFC Android Apps
If you are interested in NFC Tags, you most likely have an Android Smartphone or tablet. If this is your case, we're glad to tell you that we've developed the app below:
- Easy NFC Writer, very simple to use, totally free, it allows you to write an URL, simple text, or a V-Card contact on your NFC Tags, which will be readable by all NFC devices, with every Operating System. It can also provide information about an NFC Tag's Chip (type of Chip, UID).
Alternatively, there are also the following apps, also free:
- Trigger (formerly known as NFC Task Launcher) is perfect for private use of NFC Tags.
- NFC Bulk Writer, available on Google Play for € 1.19
NFC iOS Apps (iPhone and iPad)
To encode NFC Tags with an Apple device, don't forget that you need an external NFC reader/writer. We recommend Bluetooth NFC Readers/Writers such as ACS ACR1255U-J1 and Durascan D600. In the respective pages, you can find information on their softwares.
About reading NFC tags with an iPhone, you can find the following applications on iTunes:
- NFC TagInfo by NXP, free, compatible with iOS 11, is the official app of the IC manufacturer.
- NFC Ideas, free, compatible with iOS 8.1 and later. In order to use the iPhone NFC sensor, you need iOS 11 or later.
Please note that the iPhone is compatible with all NTAG®, MIFARE® and ICODE® chips. The iPhone also can't detect empty tags, but just those containing an NDEF message. For more information, please visit NFC and iPhone.
NFC Windows Phone Apps
On Microsoft Store, you can find the following Apps, all compatible with Windows Phone 8 / 8.1, and Windows 10 Mobile:
- NFC Commander, free, allows you to read and write NFC Tags, and to auotomate some actions on your Phone.
- NFC Launchit, free, allows you to launch apps installed on your Smartphone
- NFC Tag Creator, allows you to read and write NFC Tags, and to launch apps installed on your Smartphone, non-free (€ 0.99)
- NFC TagWriter Pro, allows you to read and write NFC Tags, non-free (€ 2.49)
- NFC Interactor, non-free (€ 1.99)
NFC BlackBerry Apps
For BlackBerry, we recommend the app below, which is compatible with BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Porsche Design P9982, Passport and Passport Silver Edition. It's completely free.
For those Nokia phones which don't run Windows, unfortunately there is not much choice. It seems the only available app is the aforementioned NFC Interactor, which is not free. According to Steve Litchfield, it would be compatible with different models Symbian, including C7 and N9.
NFC Samsung Apps
In the Samsung App Store, there is an Application that is simply called "Tags" which is preinstalled in some models.
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