Checking if your phone is NFC enabled

NFC world

NFC World reports on the emerging technologies that are transforming how consumers choose what to buy, who to buy from, and how to pay.

Founded in 2008 as Near Field Communications World, we now cover the latest developments in NFC as well as an array of emerging online-to-offline technologies including mobile payments, blockchain, biometrics, augmented reality, Bluetooth Low Energy and iBeacons, acoustics, light-based communications, digital watermarks, bio-sensors and more.

NFC checker

This is an exhaustive, comprehensive and accurate list of all the handsets that are available around the world. NFC World’s NFC phones list is mirrored all over the web but since it is a living document you should check this page for the latest information.

Want to check the list yourself ? here is the Website url

How to check if your phone has NFC

Here’s NFC World’s list of the top ways to tell if your phone has NFC:

  • Got an iPhone earlier than the iPhone 6? You don’t have NFC.
  • Check the NFC phones list. Look in our definitive list of NFC phones to see if your model is listed. However, this is not a guarantee that you have NFC because phone makers sometimes vary handset specifications for different countries and carriers. The Samsung Galaxy S II is an example of a device that comes with NFC in some territories but not in others.
  • Check the manual. Look in your phone’s manual for references to NFC, near field communication or RFID.
  • Look for a logo. Look on the device itself for any sort of mark indicating an NFC touchpoint. It will probably be on the back of the phone.
  • Check your settings. Look in your phone’s settings menu for any mention of NFC. It may be listed in the part that deals with wireless or network set-up.
  • Check your apps. Look in your list of apps for anything that mentions NFC.

Recommended Software and Applications

KSEC Recommends the following applications for the reading/writing the implants on various platforms.

Android

To check to see if your android phone is NFC compatible you can check using NFC World

NXP Apps

NFC TagInfo by NXP - Play Store
NFC TagWriter by NXP - Play Store

NFC Tools has a pro and a Free Version. If you download and use the free version you’ll understand that the app covers many features and the pro is definitely worth getting.

NFC Tools

NFC Tools Pro - Play Store
NFC Tools - Play Store

Other Android Apps

NFC Tasks - Play Store MIFARE Classic Tool - MCT - Play Store

IOS (Iphone)

Currently IOS lacks write support for NFC. However they’re a few NFC tag info tools that can read the implants and other NFC tags.

NXP App

Taginfo NXP - AppleStore

Can see a video of it here in on a xNT.

Other IOS Apps

NFC Reader for Iphone - AppleStore
GoToTags -AppleStore
NFC Ideas - AppleStore

Windows

Windows has a limited amount of applications available for Reading/Writing tags currently.

GoToTags

Download from manufacturers - website

NFC Tools

NFC Tools (Same company as the android app)

Download from manufacturers - website

OSX (MacOS)

More and more applications are being released for MacOS, Here are the top few.

NFC Tools

NFC Tools (Same company as the android app)

Download from manufacturers - website Mac Appstore

Can see it in use here

Other OSX Apps

NFC Ideas (Same as the IOS App) - AppleStore

Unlocking phone with NFC Implant

So Google has removed the NFC smart lock feature from android, this was a big issue with much debate however there is a work around to get it back!.

Feel free to read about NFC smart lock feature removal and here on Dangerous things forum

Now A Google employee recently responded on a bug report in the Google Issue Tracker that quote,

“SmartLock NFC feature has been deprecated for new users. If you are not existing NFC users, the option will be hidden."

This comes after weeks of User complaints and bug reports on both the issue tracker and on other various sites and forums.

So the trick to getting the NFC smart lock functionality is to add in an already set NFC tag (Can be removed later) which then tricks it into allowing you ones.

Here is the video of it working !

How to enabled NFC smart lock

  1. You will need a rooted android phone - root is required to edit the config file for smart lock.

  2. Using a Root explorer app browse to the following file

/data/data/com.google.android.gms/shared_prefs/coffee_preferences.xml
  1. If you’re able to edit this file as root then great skip this step! However Some file browsers don’t allow root editing of files.

So theres a trick to get around this

Either use the Terminal as root to do so or the preferred method…

  • Copy coffee_preferences.xml to a folder on the SD card (Create a folder Such as /sdcard/nfc)
  • Connect the phone to a PC/Laptop
  • Browser the phone edit the file from there
  1. Backup coffee_preferences.xml (create copy and rename to coffee_preferences-backup.xml)

  2. Edit coffee_preferences.xml

Add the following lines between the and tags:

   <set name="nfc_trustlet_tech_codes">
       <string>android.nfc.tech.NfcV</string>
       <string>android.nfc.tech.NfcA</string>
   </set>
   <string name="auth_trust_agent_pref_trusted_nfc_Vb2tUD1p62CToOS9IXyywQS/T15GVEATDPtuKMoRPTQ=">{&quot;pr&quot;:0,&quot;id&quot;:&quot;Vb2tUD1p62CToOS9IXyywQS\/T15GVEATDPtuKMoRPTQ=&quot;,&quot;te&quot;:[&quot;android.nfc.tech.MifareUltralight&quot;,&quot;android.nfc.tech.NfcA&quot;],&quot;na&quot;:&quot;Test NFC Device&quot;}</string>
  1. Save the file OR depending on how you edited the file. Copy the modified version from your documents and overwrite the original.

  2. Now go to Security -> Smart Lock, there should be a device named “Test NFC Device” under Trusted Devices. You may have to force-stop Google Play Services to get the changes to apply. If not, reboot your device.

  3. When you see the “Test NFC Device” under Trusted Devices, tap it, and add your own NFC device. If you see an empty white screen, reboot your device.

Once you have authorized your own NFC device, you must remove the test device. Do not keep the test device authorized, as it may pose a security risk.

I have also seen issues when there are two NFC chips set, so remove the test one after adding yours to prevent this.

Video of adding your own NFC chip

Trouble shooting & key notes

  1. If NFC Smart Unlock appears to be enabled but doesn’t work after removing the test device, edit again coffee_preferences.xml and check if the tech.NfcV and tech.NfcA lines have been removed, if so, re-add them. Do not re-add the Test NFC device line.

  2. If you made the modified version in your documents, you can copy this again to overwrite the config if you’ve made a mistake

  3. Keep at least one NFC device authorized, or you will be unable to access NFC unlock again.

Using Your Implants

When it comes down to using your implants there are a near infinite amount of ways they can be used in a day to day life.

KSEC YouTube

We’ve a dedicated section on our Youtube channel showing some of the top ways which you can check out bellow.

There are separate Playlists for different types of implants/Installs/Kit so be sure to check them out!

YouTube - Using Implants Playlist

Top uses for NFC Implants

Here you can find a list of the top uses for our NFC implants