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    Near Field Communication (NFC)

    Use Near Field Communication (NFC) to share data with other devices, such as videos, photos, web page addresses, music files or contacts. You can also use NFC to scan tags that give you more information about a product or service, and tags that activate certain functions on your device.

    NFC is a wireless technology with a maximum range of one centimetre, so the devices sharing data must be held close to each other. Before you can use NFC, you must first turn on the NFC function, and the screen of your device must be active and unlocked.

    The NFC detection area is located on the back of the device. Hold your device close to another device or an NFC reader so that the NFC detection areas touch.

    NFC detection area

    NFC may not be available in all countries or regions. Using certain apps, some NFC functions can be enabled even when the device is switched off. Note that not all devices support this feature.

    To enable or disable the NFC function

    1. Find and tap Settings > Device connection.
    2. Tap the NFC slider.

    To share a contact with another device using NFC

    1. Make sure that both devices have the NFC function turned on, and that both screens are active and unlocked.
    2. To view contacts, find and tap .
    3. Tap the contact that you want to share.
    4. Hold your device and the receiving device close to each other so that the NFC detection areas of each device touch. When the devices connect, a thumbnail of the contact appears.
    5. Tap the thumbnail to start the transfer.
    6. When the transfer is done, the contact information is saved on the receiving device and displayed on its screen.

    To share a music file with another device using NFC

    1. Make sure that both your device and the receiving device have the NFC function turned on, and that both screens are active and unlocked.
    2. To open the Music application, find and tap .
    3. Select a music category and browse to the track you want to share.
    4. Tap the track to play it. You can then tap to pause the track. The transfer works whether the track is playing or paused.
    5. Make sure the track is displayed on full screen.
    6. Hold your device and the receiving device close to each other so that the NFC detection areas of each device touch. When the devices connect, a thumbnail of the track appears.
    7. Tap the thumbnail to start the transfer.
    8. When the transfer is done, the music file is saved on the receiving device.
    9. To display the music file, drag down the status bar to open the Notification panel, and then tap Beam complete.

    To share a photo or video with another device using NFC

    1. Make sure that both devices have the NFC function turned on, and that both screens are active and unlocked.
    2. To view photos and videos on your device, find and tap Album.
    3. Tap the photo or video that you want to share.
    4. Hold your device and the receiving device close to each other so that the NFC detection areas of each device touch. When the devices connect, a thumbnail of the photo or video appears.
    5. Tap the thumbnail to start the transfer.
    6. When the transfer is done, the photo or video is saved on the receiving device.
    7. To display the photo or video, drag down the status bar to open the Notification panel, and then tap Beam complete.

    To share a web address with another device using NFC

    1. Make sure that both devices have the NFC function turned on, and that both screens are active and unlocked.
    2. To open the web browser, find and tap .
    3. Load the web page that you want to share.
    4. Hold your device and the receiving device close to each other so that the NFC detection areas of each device touch. When the devices connect, a thumbnail of the web page appears.
    5. Tap the thumbnail to start the transfer.
    6. When the transfer is done, the web page is displayed on the screen of the receiving device.

    Scanning NFC tags

    Your device can scan various kinds of NFC tags to receive additional information, such as a web address. For example, it can scan embedded tags on a poster, on a billboard advertisement, or beside a product in a retail store.

    To scan an NFC tag

    1. Make sure that your device has the NFC function turned on and that the screen is active and unlocked.
    2. Place your device over the tag so that the NFC detection area touches it. Your device scans the tag and displays the content collected. Tap the content of the tag to open it.

    Connecting to an NFC compatible device

    You can connect your device to other NFC compatible devices produced by Sony, such as a speaker or a headphone. When establishing this kind of connection, refer to the User guide of the compatible device for more information.

    You may need to have ‎Wi-Fi or Bluetooth activated on both devices for the connection to work.

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