Basics of Samsung Galaxy S 5’s Near Field Communication

By Bill Hughes

Say you have an image on your Samsung Galaxy S 5 that you would like to share with your buddy. You have a range of options available to help you share this image. Some of the options are standard, like emailing or texting the image, one option is slightly more advanced: beaming the image with near field communications (NFC).

Here are all four of the options available to you to share the image from your phone:

  • You can e-mail the image.

  • You can send an MMS text message with the image attached.

  • You can set up a Bluetooth connection with your buddy, and that person can download the image.

  • Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy phones offer one more choice: You can share information by using NFC.

To use NFC, you simply place the backs of the phones next to each other, and they set up a connection — provided both phones have turned on this capability. Here’s how to turn it on to let you share the content you wanted with your friend:

  1. From Settings, tap More Networks.

  2. Tap on NFC.

    This option is near the bottom of the screen.

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  3. Toggle the NFC switch to green.

    This option is near the top of the screen.

  4. Turn on the S Beam option.

    If it’s not already on, toggle the switch to the On position.

    After both phones have tuned S Beam on, tap the backs of both phones, place the phones back-to-back, and share what you will.

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