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!
On devices using iOS 13, 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!
Have a bunch of tags? Enable Multi-Scan mode and scan all of them in one session to view all the results at once.
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? iOS 12 users now have access to 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.
-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://”!
-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 “https://lakesidellama.com/app?hk=SCENE_NAME”. 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.
*Note: NFC Scanning is only supported on iPhone 7 and above. NFC Writing is only supported on iOS 13 and above.*
Simply NFC can be accessed via a Uri scheme (simplynfc://reader, simplynfc://scan, simplynfc://multiscan) 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.
Version 2.00 Changes
-Our biggest update yet!
-iOS 13 Users will be able to write to NFC tags!
-Write NFC NDEF messages for text, URI, HomeKit, SMS, Telephone, Email, Location, Wifi, and Contact tag types.
-Added ability to lock the NFC tag to make it read only…. WARNING this cannot be undone.
-All features are supported by voice over.
-Added support for universal links for Homekit tags. This will allow you to scan the Homekit tag without Simply NFC being open on devices that support background NFC tag reading such as the iPhone XS. To use, simply write a tag in the format "https://lakesidellama.com/app?hk=SCENE_NAME" where SCENE_NAME is the name of the Homekit scene you want to run.
-Added rewarded videos ads as an option to unlock the pro version without paying for the in app purchase. To unlock the pro version, simply watch two rewarded ads per day for 7 days total! You will then have access to the pro version with no ads! Any additional watched ads at this point is considered a donation and is greatly appreciated as it helps support the app.
-Added Voice Over Accessibility Support to better read what is on the screen. This was suggested in a review.
-Added Siri Shortcut manual add screens to the settings menu. This will allow you to manually configure Siri shortcuts for scanning single or multiple tags. Siri shortcuts are only available on iOS 12 and above.
-NEW! iPhone XS and XS Max can now perform background NFC scanning. Simply unlock your phone and press it to the tag to perform a scan! Only works with mail, sms, phone, url tags, and properly formatted Simply NFC Homekit Tags.
Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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!
Love that I can finally use NFC on my iPhone. I’ve been waiting for an app like this forever and I’m glad that somebody made this app that’s easy to use and has a great user interface. Keep up the good work!
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the great review! Glad you like it!
- Lakeside Llama LLC
- 8.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Lakeside Llama LLC 2018
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Version $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.