How to Use Samsung TecTiles?
In the previous article, we introduced how to use S Beam. This one will talk about how to use the Samsung TecTiles.
With TecTiles, you can adjust settings on your phone depending on where you happen to be at the moment, with fewer taps.
To use the TecTiles, first you need to purchase TecTile tags, which can be bought directly from Samsung’s website or other authorized sellers and cost $14.99 for a set of five NFC tags/chips. These tags store commands and limited data (they are not attached to devices, so don’t mistakenly stick it to your device). Besides, you also need to download the free Samsung TecTiles app from Google Play Store, to program the tags (store commands in them).
Once you have both the tags and app ready, you can read from and write to the TecTile tags. To program and use a TecTile to do a certain task, follow the steps below:
■Ensure that NFC is turned ON.
■Launch the TecTile application. Select the “TecTile Type”.
■Select the action you want to do and then tap “Next”.
■Follow the instruction and hold your phone over the TecTile (with your phone’s back facing the TecTile) until you have successfully written the tag. This reportedly takes just a matter of seconds.
■To use the tag to execute the command on the device, just unlock your device and hold it over the TecTile tag.
NOTE: TecTiles wouldn’t function when placed near metal bodies.
You can set a tag to perform a specific function permanently. But be aware that it cannot be edited or re-written after that.
You can put a TecTile on the light switch in your office to make sure your phone is on vibrate so you’ll not disturbed with a ringing phone while working. You can also use a tag in your car to turn on Bluetooth, turn off Wi-Fi and launch Slacker.
There are a lot more options out there. You can make lots of different types of tags like change phone settings, launch an app, set alarm, make a call, send an SMS, Facebook & Foursquare check-in, make a tweet, etc.
S Beam and TecTiles are just two of NFC using cases. NFC can do a lot more. Just give it a try and you’ll love it!