Simply NFC - Tag Writer/Reader 4+

Simply the NFC app you need‪.‬

Lakeside Llama LLC

    • 4.1 • 151 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Simply NFC is the most powerful, simple, and accessible NFC writer/reader available. Simply tap the “Read NFC” button to start scanning for NFC tags and then place the back of your phone to the tag. It’s that simple! No external hardware required! The tag content will be read, stored in your history, and opened automatically on the device with the appropriate app or function. With configured tags, you can even trigger HomeKit scenes that were preconfigured in the Home app! Better yet, the app has full voice over accessibility support and includes the ability to make text tags that read the contents out loud, useful for tagging items!

On iOS 13 and up, you will be able to write to NFC tags as well! We support writing all the same tag types we support for reading such as text, HomeKit, URL, and more!

One can also export the scanned history to txt tab delimited, csv comma delimited, or csv tab delimited files. Useful for tracking events!

Want to ask Siri to start scanning a tag? Use Siri Shortcuts to have Siri scan a single or multiple tags.

Want a widget or iMessage extension? Simply NFC has a widget which allows quick access to scanning tags and viewing your history and an iMessage extension which allows easy sharing of your history.

Simply NFC supports the following tag content:
-Text Content: View whatever text is on the tag. Can be set to have the text be read out loud, useful for tagging items.
-URL Content: Opens the URL in your web browser to navigate to webpages using http or https or even other URL types such as file://.
-vCard Contact Content – If you have contact information in the vCard format, the contact import window will appear with the contact information prefilled. You can then choose to modify any content and then add the contact.
-SMS Content: Opens an SMS window prefilled in with the tag content such as number and message. You can then choose to add more or send the SMS.
-Email Content. Open an email window prefilled in with the tag content such as subject and body. You can then choose to add more to the email or send the email.
-Telephone Content: Brings up the option to call the provided number.
-App Launching Content: Certain apps contain Uri schemes to open them. Scanning a tag containing this Uri will open that app. Simply NFC also has a Uri scheme “simplynfc://”!
-Custom Uri Content: Specify your own Uri scheme and data.
-Location Content: Tags with coordinates will display the coordinate on a map.
-HomeKit Scene Content: Trigger the HomeKit scene that is written on the tag. HomeKit scenes must be preconfigured inside of the Home app.
-Wifi Configuration Content: Scan a Wifi configuration tag to have your device connect to the network provided in the tag.

HomeKit scenes can be triggered by any tags written with the URL “”. The scene name entered here will be triggered when the tag is scanned. These tags can also be scanned in the background on devices that support background NFC tag reading (iPhone XS and above).

One can also trigger the NFC scanner on their phone remotely by using the Apple Watch app!

We love to hear from our customers so feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, issues, bugs, suggestions, etc. If you have any new features you would like to see, feel free to let us know.

Developer Information
Simply NFC can be accessed via a Uri scheme (simplynfc://reader, simplynfc://scan, simplynfc://multiscan, simplynfc://writer) as well. If you need to scan on your app or website, you can redirect to us passing a callback parameter, and we will pass the next scanned content back to your app or website. You can use this to integrate Simply NFC tag scanning into your app or website.

Simply NFC also allows one to setup the app to have every scan send the scanned content to your own web server. This allows one to integrate NFC scanning with your web service.

What’s New

Version 2.1

New in Version 2.1
-Added Background Audio and Background readable text tags. This allow one to tag items and have the contents read out loud to them.
-Added the ability to edit tags writeable records. If you tap on the record to add, you can now edit it instead of previously having to delete it and re add it.
-Added a writing URI scheme allowing one to launch Simply NFC to write text or URL tags.
-Fixed coloring on the contact picker for contact cards.
-Made Uri tags able to add custom Uri schemes instead of being forced into ones in the picker.
-Various other bug fixes.
-Possible other small features I forgot

Coming up
-Fully featured Wifi Tags
-Copy Tag

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

JackNorthStar ,

HomeKit Compatibility!?!?!?

I downloaded the app cause I was interested in it’s HomeKit compatibility. I wrote a tag following the instructions for HomeKit compatibility and was absolutely amazed! I tapped the tag with my phone and watched as my HomeKit devices sprang to life! I would recommend this app to anyone purely because of this. The only issue is that the iPhone cannot write to NFC tags so you would need another device to write a HomeKit enabled tag. I emailed the developer to find out if this can be supported and he said that he would support it once apple allowed writing to NFC tags. Also reads website tags quickly.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoy the HomeKit functionality!

danny19924 ,

Works great!

Updated review:
I played around with the HomeKit update and wow, its pretty cool how it works. You pretty much tap the configured tag and then your HomeKit hardware does something.

Original Review:
Does exactly what it says. It was able to read and load my sms, contacts, and email tags perfectly. Other apps just gave me text, this one loaded up the appropriate function to handle the tag.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the review!

suzee kyoo ,

Best NFC app I used

Opens tags quick. Able to scan even faster using 3-D touch to launch the app. I also appreciate the ability to not save some tags to history. Keep up the good work!

Developer Response ,

Glad you like it! Thank you for the review!

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