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How to Use Android Beam on Your Tablet

A recent addition to the wireless radio pantheon on Android tablets is NFC, or Near Field Communications. It allows your tablet to communicate with other NFC devices, primarily for the quick transfer of information. The technology is called Android Beam.

Before you can use Android Beam, ensure that it’s been activated. Follow these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.

  2. Choose the Settings icon to open the Settings app.

  3. Touch the More command found below the Wireless & Networks heading.

  4. Ensure that a check mark appears next to the NFC item.

    If not, touch the box to add a check mark.

With NFC activated, you can use your tablet to communicate with other NFC devices. Simply touch your tablet to another NFC device, such as another Android tablet or a smartphone.

When the two Android Beam devices touch — usually back-to-back — you’ll see a Touch to Beam prompt on the screen. Touch the screen and the item you’re viewing is immediately sent to the other device. That’s pretty much it.

  • Use Android Beam to swap contacts, web pages, map locations, pictures, and lots of other things. Generally speaking, if the app features a Share icon, you can probably use Android Beam.

  • Both devices present the Touch to Beam prompt when they get close. If the other person touches his or her screen at the same time you do, information is swapped between both devices.

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