Tech Tips

Should I Turn on the Near Field Communication on my Smartphone?

NFC, means Near Field Communication. NFC makes it possible for a device to transfer data to another device that is NFC enabled by bringing the two devices close to each other.

It is a very easy way to share data between devices, however, could be risky, especially when you are in open places where you have lots of people. This feature exposes your phone to attacks from intruders and cyber thieves.

Most users never get to use NFC, neither do they even know if their device has it. Higher Android devices OS are already set to make use of NFC to share data between devices.

You may not want to turn off NFC

This is dependent on where you reside. If you are in the US or UK, where the use of NFC is pretty much advanced, then you might want to sit down and check the odds.

But if you are in the other parts of the world where you don’t use NFC to make a purchase and pay for services, then you might want to turn this feature off.

Steps to turn of NFC

In some smartphones, when you see a big ‘N’ sign at the top of your screen, then it means that NFC is turned on. You can turn it off by simply swiping down on the screen of your phone, which will reveal some options.

Just tap on the ‘N’ sign, it will turn grey, this means it is off.

If your phone isn’t as described above, then you will need to go to your wireless setting.

1. Open Settings on your device

2. Tap on Wireless and Networks options. Click on ‘More’

3. You should see NFC with a toggle that you can use to turn it on and off when needed. Tap and drag to the left to turn off NFC.

Near Field Communication might be new to most smartphone users, especially in regions where easy mode of transactions isn’t yet a common thing.