How to Check NFC Support on Your Android Smartphone

Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a wireless radio communication technology that enables users to utilize NFC tags that, when brought close enough to the tag (about 4 inches), activate a feature on their smartphones. Additionally, Google’s Daydream platform uses this technology to connect the controller with the phone and activate the Daydream app when you slip a compatible phone into the Daydream View headset. However, NFC functionality is not available on all Android smartphones. So, if you’re wondering whether your phone supports NFC, here’s how to find out:

Check NFC Support with Third Party App

The Play Store app Do I Have NFC (Free) only does one function. When you first open the app, it tests your phone for NFC capability and informs you if it does or not. As you can see from the photos below, I tested the app on a Moto G3 and a Google Pixel, and the outcomes were precisely as anticipated. Google Pixel (left) and the Moto G3 (right)

Checking NFC Support Natively

You may also verify whether or not your phone supports NFC in the settings if you don’t want to install an app. Simply perform the following to see if your phone has NFC capabilities:

Enter Settings. Tap on More under Wireless and Networks. If your phone supports NFC, you will see a choice here. Your phone’s lack of this choice indicates that it lacks NFC capabilities. In my situation, the Moto G3 lacks NFC capability, hence the setting is absent, although it is present on the Google Pixel, which supports NFC. Google Pixel (left) and the Moto G3 (right)

List of Phones that Support NFC

Android phones that enable NFC are listed below. If you see any errors or omissions from this list, please let us know so that we can correct it.

Brand Device Name Platform
Acer Liquid Express E32 [12 Android
Acer Liquid Glow E33 [13 Android
Alcatel Hero Android
Alcatel Hero 2 Android
Alcatel Idol 2 Android
Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S Android
Alcatel Idol 2 S Android
Alcatel Idol 3 Android
Alcatel One Touch 996 Android
Asus Padfone 2 Android
Asus Padfone Infinity Android
Asus ZenFone 2 Android
Casi [22 G’zOne Commando 4G LTE Android
Casi [22 G’zOne CA201L Android
FAMOCO FX100 Android
Google Nexus Android
Google Nexus 4 Android
Google Nexus 5 Android
Google Nexus 6 Android
Google Nexus 5X Android
Google Nexus 6P Android
Google Pixel Android
Google Pixel XL Android
Hisense Sero 5 Android
HTC Amaze 4G Android
HTC Desire C Android
HTC EVO 4G LT [25 Android
HTC Incredible [26 Android
HTC J Butterfly Android
HTC First Android
HTC One Android
HTC One SV Android
HTC One [27 Android
HTC One X+ Android
HTC One X [28 Android
HTC One VX Android
HTC Desire Eye Android
HTC One E8 Android
HTC One E9 Android
HTC One A9 Android
HTC Desire 620 Android
Huawei Ascend G6 4 [29 Android
Huawei Ascend G300 Android
Huawei Ascend G51 [30 Android
Huawei Ascend G60 [31 Android
Huawei Ascend G620 [32 Android
Huawei Ascend G63 [33 Android
Huawei Ascend Mat [34 Android
Huawei Ascend Mate [35 Android
Huawei Ascend P [36 Android
Huawei Sonic Android
Intel AZ210 Android
LG Mach Android
LG G Pro 2 Android
LG Optimus 3D Max Android
LG Optimus F3 LTE Android
LG Optimus F7 Android
LG Optimus G Android
LG Optimus G Pro Android
LG G2 Android
LG G3 Android
LG G4 Android
LG G5 Android
LG G Flex Android
LG G Flex 2 Android
LG Optimus 4X HD Android
LG Optimus L5 Android
LG Optimus L7 Android
LG Optimus L9 Android
LG Optimus LTE Android
LG Optimus Vu Android
LG Optimus Vu II Android
LG Prada 3.0 Android
Lenovo K800 Android
Lenovo Lenovo Vibe P1 Android
Motorola Razr HD Android
Motorola Razr M Android
Motorola Moto X Android
Motorola Photon Q Android
Motorola Razr D3 Android
Motorola Razr I Android
OnePlus One Android ( Cyanogen OS )
OnePlus Three Android ( Oxygen OS )
OPPO Find 5 Android
OPPO Find 7 Android
Samsung Galaxy Ace [42 Android
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 [1] Android
Samsung Galaxy Fame Android
Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 Android
Samsung Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Android
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Android
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android
Samsung Galaxy Note Android
Samsung Galaxy Note I [45 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android
Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pr [46 Android
Samsung Galaxy S Advanc [47 Android
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4 [48 Android
Samsung Galaxy S I [49 Android
Samsung Galaxy S III Android
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Android
Samsung Galaxy S III Neo Android
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Android
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Android
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android
Samsung Galaxy Trend Android
Sony Xperia Acro S Android
Sony Xperia Ion Android
Sony Xperia L Android
Sony Xperia M Android
Sony Xperia P Android
Sony Xperia S Android
Sony Xperia Sola Android
Sony Xperia SP Android
Sony Xperia T Android
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual Android
Sony Xperia V Android
Sony Xperia Z Android
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Android
Sony Xperia Z1 Android
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Android
Sony Xperia Z2 Android
Sony Xperia ZL Android
Sony Xperia ZR Android
Sony Xperia Z3 Android
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Android
Turkcell Turkcell T11 Android
Turkcell Turkcell T20 Android
Turkcell Turkcell MaxiPlus5 Android
Turkcell Turkcell MaxiPro5 Android
Turkcell Turkcell T4 [52 Android
Vodafone Smart III NF [53 Android
Xiaomi Xiaomi 2A Android
Xiaomi Xiaomi 3 TD-SDCMA Android
Xiaomi Xiaomi 3 WCDMA/CDMA2000 Android

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Check if Your Android Phone Has NFC Capabilities

NFC is a technology that may be used in a wide variety of applications, automating acts as simple as sending an SMS to more complex actions like making a call or visiting a web URL. NFC technology is used by contactless payment systems like Android Pay to enable cardless payments that don’t require you to touch your device or swipe anything. There are countless options. NFC tags are inexpensive for anyone to purchase, and they can be programmed to perform any task, enabling limitless invention.

So, does your Android smartphone support NFC, and if so, how have you used it? As always, please share any innovative use for NFC tags with us in the comments area below.