Fun and Tricks with NFC and Your Android, Part 2

In our last video we showed off some cool things you can do with profiles in CyanogenMod 9 and NFC. What if you’re not running CM9 and want to do some cool stuff with NFC? That’s what we’ll talk about in this video.

Specifically, using the NFC chip in your phone, a few NFC tags that you can buy online, and one of a few apps available in the Google Play Store you can encode your contact information (also known as a vCard) onto an NFC sticker. You can encode a web address (URI, or URL) onto an NFC Tag. You can even program a short message into the tag.

There are some things to keep in mind about NFC stickers. Some are flexible, some are not. Some are weather resistant, some are not. Some hold 46 bytes of information, some hold 716 bytes, and some can hold a whopping 4,000 bytes. If that doesn’t sound like a lot to you, you’re right. It’s very small, but it’s supposed to be. This isn’t a 16GB microSD card embedded in a sticker after all!

Hit play on the video and see what you can do, what you need to be aware of to get started, as well as a few tips and tricks!

Interested in getting some NFC tags, you need only head over to to see a huge list of tags that you can buy. They will probably cost you around $1.50 each, but you’re only going to need a few. I bought ten for right around $15.

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