How to Check NFC Support on Your Android Smartphone

Last Updated: December 12, 2016

NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a wireless radio communication technology, that allows users to use NFC tags that trigger a function on their smartphones when it is brought close enough (around 4 inches) to the tag. This technology is also used in Google’s Daydream platform to pair the controller with the phone, and automatically launch the Daydream app when you place your compatible phone inside the Daydream View headset. However, not all Android smartphones come with NFC capabilities. So, if the question in your mind is “does my phone support NFC”, here is how you can check:

Check NFC Support with Third Party App

Do I Have NFC (Free) is an app on the Play Store that does only one thing. As soon as you launch the app, it checks your phone for NFC capabilities and tells you whether or not your phone has NFC. I tested the app out on a Moto G3, and a Google Pixel, and the results were exactly as expected, as you can see from the screenshots below.

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Moto G3 (left), and Google Pixel (right)

Checking NFC Support Natively

If you don’t want to install an app, just to check whether your phone supports NFC, or not, you can do it via Settings, as well. To check if your phone has NFC capabilities, just do the following:

Go to Settings. Under “Wireless and Networks“, tap on “More“. Here, you will see an option for NFC, if your phone supports it. If the option isn’t there, your phone does not have NFC capabilities. In my case, the Moto G3 does not have NFC capabilities, so the option does not appear in Settings, while the Google Pixel, which does have NFC, has the option, as well.

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Moto G3 (left), and Google Pixel (right)

List of Phones that Support NFC

Here is a list of Android Phones that support NFC. Feel free to let us know about any discrepancies, or omissions from this list, and we will update it accordingly.

BrandDevice NamePlatform
AcerLiquid Express E32 [12Android
AcerLiquid Glow E33 [13Android
AlcatelHeroAndroid
AlcatelHero 2Android
AlcatelIdol 2Android
AlcatelIdol 2 Mini SAndroid
AlcatelIdol 2 SAndroid
AlcatelIdol 3Android
AlcatelOne Touch 996Android
AsusPadfone 2Android
AsusPadfone InfinityAndroid
AsusZenFone 2Android
Casi [22G'zOne Commando 4G LTEAndroid
Casi [22G'zOne CA201LAndroid
FAMOCOFX100Android
GoogleNexus Android
GoogleNexus 4Android
GoogleNexus 5Android
GoogleNexus 6Android
GoogleNexus 5XAndroid
GoogleNexus 6PAndroid
GooglePixelAndroid
GooglePixel XLAndroid
HisenseSero 5Android
HTCAmaze 4GAndroid
HTCDesire CAndroid
HTCEVO 4G LT [25Android
HTCIncredible [26Android
HTCJ ButterflyAndroid
HTCFirstAndroid
HTCOneAndroid
HTCOne SVAndroid
HTCOne [27Android
HTCOne X+Android
HTCOne X [28Android
HTCOne VXAndroid
HTCDesire EyeAndroid
HTCOne E8Android
HTCOne E9Android
HTCOne A9Android
HTCDesire 620Android
HuaweiAscend G6 4 [29Android
HuaweiAscend G300Android
HuaweiAscend G51 [30Android
HuaweiAscend G60 [31Android
HuaweiAscend G620 [32Android
HuaweiAscend G63 [33Android
HuaweiAscend Mat [34Android
HuaweiAscend Mate [35Android
HuaweiAscend P [36Android
HuaweiSonicAndroid
IntelAZ210Android
LGMachAndroid
LGG Pro 2Android
LGOptimus 3D MaxAndroid
LGOptimus F3 LTEAndroid
LGOptimus F7Android
LGOptimus GAndroid
LGOptimus G ProAndroid
LGG2Android
LGG3Android
LGG4Android
LGG5Android
LGG FlexAndroid
LGG Flex 2Android
LGOptimus 4X HDAndroid
LGOptimus L5Android
LGOptimus L7Android
LGOptimus L9Android
LGOptimus LTEAndroid
LGOptimus VuAndroid
LGOptimus Vu IIAndroid
LGPrada 3.0Android
LenovoK800Android
LenovoLenovo Vibe P1Android
MotorolaRazr HDAndroid
MotorolaRazr MAndroid
MotorolaMoto XAndroid
MotorolaPhoton QAndroid
MotorolaRazr D3Android
MotorolaRazr IAndroid
OnePlusOneAndroid ( Cyanogen OS )
OnePlusThreeAndroid ( Oxygen OS )
OPPOFind 5Android
OPPOFind 7Android
SamsungGalaxy Ace [42Android
SamsungGalaxy Ace 3 [1]Android
SamsungGalaxy FameAndroid
SamsungGalaxy J3 2016Android
SamsungSamsung Galaxy J7 (2016)Android
SamsungGalaxy Mini 2Android
SamsungGalaxy NexusAndroid
SamsungGalaxy NoteAndroid
SamsungGalaxy Note I [45Android
SamsungGalaxy Note 3Android
SamsungGalaxy Note 4Android
SamsungGalaxy Note EdgeAndroid
SamsungGalaxy Note 5Android
SamsungGalaxy Rugby Pr [46Android
SamsungGalaxy S Advanc [47Android
SamsungGalaxy S Blaze 4 [48Android
SamsungGalaxy S I [49Android
SamsungGalaxy S IIIAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S III MiniAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S III NeoAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S Relay 4GAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S4Android
SamsungGalaxy S4 ActiveAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S4 MiniAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S5Android
SamsungGalaxy S6 and S6 EdgeAndroid
SamsungGalaxy S7 and S7 EdgeAndroid
SamsungGalaxy TrendAndroid
SonyXperia Acro SAndroid
SonyXperia IonAndroid
SonyXperia LAndroid
SonyXperia MAndroid
SonyXperia PAndroid
SonyXperia SAndroid
SonyXperia SolaAndroid
SonyXperia SPAndroid
SonyXperia TAndroid
SonyXperia T2 Ultra DualAndroid
SonyXperia VAndroid
SonyXperia ZAndroid
SonyXperia Z UltraAndroid
SonyXperia Z1Android
SonyXperia Z1 CompactAndroid
SonyXperia Z2Android
SonyXperia ZLAndroid
SonyXperia ZRAndroid
SonyXperia Z3Android
SonyXperia Z3 CompactAndroid
TurkcellTurkcell T11Android
TurkcellTurkcell T20Android
TurkcellTurkcell MaxiPlus5Android
TurkcellTurkcell MaxiPro5Android
TurkcellTurkcell T4 [52Android
VodafoneSmart III NF [53Android
XiaomiXiaomi 2AAndroid
XiaomiXiaomi 3 TD-SDCMAAndroid
XiaomiXiaomi 3 WCDMA/CDMA2000Android

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Check if Your Android Phone Has NFC Capabilities

NFC is a technology that can be put to use in a myriad of ways, automating tasks from basic things like triggering an SMS, to opening a web URL, placing a call, or doing basically anything that you can program onto an NFC tag. Contactless payment systems, like Android Pay, use NFC functionality to allow making payments without touching your device, or having to swipe a card. The possibilities are endless. Anyone can buy NFC tags for cheap, and program them to do whatever they want, allowing for endless innovation.

So, does your Android smartphone have NFC capabilities, and if so, what use have you put it to? As always, if you know of any creative uses of NFC tags, do share them with us in the comments section below.

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