Basics of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's Android Beam - dummies

Basics of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Android Beam

By Dan Gookin

Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features an NFC radio, where NFC stands for Near Field Communications. NFC allows your phone to communicate with other NFC devices. That connection is used for the quick transfer of information. The technology is called Android Beam.

How to turn on NFC on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3

You can’t play with the Android Beam feature unless the phone’s NFC radio has been activated. To confirm that it has, or to activate it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Touch the Connections heading.

  3. Ensure that the master control by the NFC item is on or green.

    If not, slide the master control icon to the right.

With NFC activated, you can use your phone to communicate with other NFC devices. These include other Galaxy Note phones, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab tablets, as well as payment systems for various merchants.

To disable NFC, repeat these steps but in Step 3 remove the check mark.

How to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Android Beam

The Android Beam feature works when you touch your phone to another NFC device, such as another Android phone or tablet. As long as the two devices have an NFC radio and the Android Beam feature is active, they can share information.

You can beam contacts, map locations, web pages, YouTube videos, and lots of other things. Generally speaking, if the app features the Share icon, you can probably use Android Beam and other content as easily as touching the two gizmos.

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