Last Updated: June 7th, 2012

Last month, I took a look at just a few basic things you can do with NFC tags and a capable phone. The possibilities of things that you can do with NFC are only limited to your own ingenuity,  and we've teamed up with TagsForDroid to help you get started playing with this amazing and fun technology.

Before we get into the giveaway, though, here's another look at our demo from last month:

Like I said, those are just some of the more basic things that you can do with NFC. When combined with the power of Tasker, it really opens a whole new world of automation.



This giveaway is sponsored by TagsForDroid, a go-to place for all things NFC. They offer both Android-ified and plain white tags for all of your NFC needs, ranging in packs from two tags, up to twenty. Currently, if you buy a ten pack or larger, you'll also score a free NFC keychain, which is perfect for launching on-the-go tasks at the gym, in the car, or anywhere else you may need it.


The contest is now over. Here are the winners, selected at random:

  • Kasey Freeman
  • Garrick Raigosa
  • ScottyByrd
  • Abel
  • Paul Mendez (no response after multiple contact attempts)
  • Virgilio Enmanuel
  • Scott Kennedy
  • TheKaz1969
  • Benjamin Lecun
  • Alexander Tatevyan
  • djgrant

Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Ah, the reason why you're here: free stuff. Here's the skinny: we're giving away ten packs of five tags plus one NFC keychain each to ten lucky winners.

So, how do you enter? Drop us a line in the comments telling us how you'll use the tags to automate things in your life? Will you use the tags for a profile in the car? How about a nighttime profile before bed? Or something more intricate? Whatever the reason, just let us know.

This giveaway is available worldwide.

The giveaway begins immediately and ends on Sunday, June 3rd at 11:59 PM PT, at which time the winners will be chosen at random and notified.

Good luck!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Natasha

    Would love to get those tags just to drool over how awesome Android can be. Especially with Tasker. *drools*

    But yeah, getting those tags would be awesome. Will use it for bed, school and maybe movies. Some alone time too...if you know what I mean. XD

  • cguella

    Tags would be great.  I would tag:
    - My Philips bedside speaker
    - My car
    - My office desk
    to get started...

  • Guy Greller

    This is great!
    the possibilities with this!!!

  • CrazyAndro

    I will use it to activate the fake caller app on my Andro and pretend it to be a call from my office, whenever my girl friend starts eating the brains out of my head ;-)

  • Tomasz Dunn

    With a Telldus stick running on a server (and some remote switches)  - there is an app called Remote Stick - you can use the NFC tags to program when the lights go on or off where ever you put the phone or switches to go on an off. So you can have the lights all turn off at night by sliding your phone over the tag by your bedside.

  • Keyz Karanza

    I will use them to keep tabs on my hos.

  • Mattfoley1997

    I want some. They would be convenient

  • Molly

    I would use them at work/home/car to set up wifi/ringtone/bluetooth!

  • Matt foley

    I would use them to make my phone silent wifi on off alarm. Auto rotation etc

  • Raghavan

    tag a bunch of things I generally misplace easily, then walk around with my phone and wait for my app to beep when they are in proximity.

  • Bootruss

    ..gonna tag my food cupboard! Then it'll send a sick when I grab the cookies!

  • Eric Armstrong

    I'll put one on my dashboard (wifi off, floating music control widget, shuffle my library, launch navigation). One by my bed (mute ringer, alarm volume to max). One to initiate on-call mode for work (notification volume to max). Now I need to find a way to integrate this with Google Tv... swipe a tag and watch a show.

  • Kasey Freeman

    1 for bed
    1 for car
    1 for gym
    1 for home
    ....then i could get creative with the remainder

  • Michael Smith

    I'd use them to save my battery! 

  • Caio Keto

    Ill uso it for 2 things, for profile, and for select a custom album from my play music..
    like each tag represents one album (or one artist) and when scan it, it will start playing all musics from it.

  • moelsen8

    Bed, office, car, home. Would be sweet to stick them everywhere and just tap to change settings! Morning/night profiles for bedside table would probably be.most useful!

  • zauriel

    I will likely use it to copy the awesome ideas people are listing on the comments of this post!

  • Ryan O’Malley

    I would probably use it to make a bedtime profile, 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723310190 Sam Soto

    Many people have thought about things to do around the office and around the house. I would instead use these tags to add a new level of fun to geocaching. I am looking at what extra things I could add to a cache using the tags. 

  • Seth

    A nighttime profile is crucial, but even moreso is a tag in the bathroom for setting it back to normal in the morning - too many missed calls because the phone is still on silent!

  • Kachaniwsky

     I will use it to transition through work and home profiles.

  • http://twitter.com/REN3GADE0715 The One

    These NFC tags would finally stop me from forgetting to put my phone into silent mode once i get into work since a single swipe at my desk will take care of that!

  • http://www.inforains.com Sulemanzp

    I will put in my pocket, so when ever I forget my android anywhere or I am going away it will start ringing and capture picture from front facing camera and email me pictures and its location as a security. So I would never lost my lovely android phone... I love you babe.

  • Assaf

    We have lots of mosquitoes this time of the year.
    I'll wave my phone at them to activate a mosquito repellent application

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Using it for profile switching is a no-brainer, tag in the car to turn on bluetooth and turn off WiFi, tag at home or work to do the opposite, tag on the nightstand to enable airplane mode, tag on my motorcycle to enable EDGE-only data (many of the places I ride only have Edge available (if you are lucky) and battery life suffers greatly if I leave 3G enabled)

  • http://www.facebook.com/SamarthRajeev Samarth Rajeev

    I will use it for my Bike's Key Chain to automatically change the profile to hands free!

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    Use this to automate tasks that Teaser cannot do, like turning on bluetooth in the car without the need for a dock. Or turning on car dock mode using a generic mount. Stick one on the nightstand for for alarm clock, of by the charger in the other room to set the ringtone to max volume.

  • Christian Collet

    Bedtime and work profile for starters, then other stuff as I figure out how to use them.

  • Nathan raynor

    gonna put my phone number on them and put them on notice boards around town to see how many android people know how to use them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.camilleri Mark Camilleri

    I will use those tags as an excuse to convince my girlfriend that I need to buy the Samsung Galaxy S3 :)

  • AMGala

    I'd set one up for home, one for the car and then I'd try to get more creative with the remaining ones.

  • http://twitter.com/markanboo Praveen

    Doesnt matter if i win these tags at all. I'll just buy them outright.

  • Paweł Gładysz

    Toady mode ON:
    1. Tag automatically displayng AP website on my GalaxyNexus (when being at work)
    Toady mode OFF.

    2. Tag automatically running/turning on "Peppa The Pig - Cleaning the car" on Youtube - For my son - he likes watching it in his bed - just before his nap. I think about placing it just beside the back of his bed.

    3. Tag autmatically turning on facebook - for my Wifey - it happens that she takes my gnex when I'm occupying a computer.

    4. Tags for me... I'm quite sure I can figure out something as I'm trying to develop few things "every now and then"

  • http://twitter.com/fenfir fenfir

    clock in and out at work. 

  • Doug Scudder

    I would use these NFC tags for all of the above. It can pull up my various remote apps when I'm watching TV, a nighttime tag to set my alarm, and a profile for my car as well. 

  • http://twitter.com/jeepnie1 Jeffrey Wright

    I would use them for clocking in and out of work starting GPS in my car putting my phone to silent when I put it in my pocket so many things!!!!!!

  • tripleu

    I would use these tags to set my phone in different modes. Example: When I get to my desk at my office, I'll put the phone on silent and power saving modes. When I get to my desk at home, turn on the volume and start airdroid. When I'm in my car, turn on car mode. When I leave the house, scan the tag on the door and turn on ringtone to loud and start Yelp or Maps.

  • Robby Le

    maybe i's make a plectrum out of them to play the guitar. Maybe i just use them als little frisbees. Not sure yet but imagine the possibilities with 5 of them. The bike idea isnt bad either, could decrease my fat level..

  • http://www.davehenning.net/ Dave

    Of course I'd use them for some Tasker Tasks, for work, home, car, sleep, etc, but more daunting I'd like to set up the keychain to trigger my phone to check me in on latitude automatically. 

  • trayes77

    I would love to actually use my nfc in my G Nex. Dont have any friends to beam sthff to and I have been looking to getting these tags. I would love to have one in my house, car, and office. I am constantly switching different things on and off amd opeing different apps when I am in different places. These tags would definitely help me be more efficient nd give me less worry that Big Pimpin would blast in my office! Lol

  • Jeffrey Cohen

    The Wife just got a new EVO 4G LTE.  I would create a tag for the car to automatically turn on and off her bluetooth connection when she gets in/out of the car.  Also set one up at work and at home for different profiles as well.  Fun Times

  • http://profiles.google.com/spencerar Spencer Rosengarten

    I would love to have these tags as further impetus to automate ACTIONS/STUFF/THINGS:

    1 tag for each of my cars.
    1 tag for my house.
    1 tag for my bike.
    1 tag on the entryway to my home office.
    1 tag to my bedroom.
    1 tag for my daughter's bracelet.
    1 tag for my family/media room.
    1 tag for my dog's collar

    1 tag spare.

    Oh, the media/connectivity/gps/notification profiles I will create!  
    *Insert Mad Scientist Laughter Here*

  • Eric

    I'll use tags in rooms in my house, in the car and at work.  Thanks for all the great articles!

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    I'd use them simply to change the settings on the phone depending on where I am in my flat. I'd like to be more creative in this comment but I probably would have to have them first before I can try all sorts of stuff out xD

  • http://twitter.com/set_iroN SetiroN

    It's just damn cool.

  • vhick

    I will used NFC tags to automate some repetitive task on my phone. Most probably, profile settings like Vibrate outside, automatically lowering the volume when i work and connect to wifi, etc.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jonathan

    i will use the NFC tag for setting a task for the time i will wake up at, a task for launching specific apps, and one for powering off the device! =)

  • Rameshwar Srinivasan

    Will use the tags to activate Reminders to pay my bills. Keep forgetting to pay them on time.

  • Tom Dwenger

    I would use it for my moto droid that has been longing for something useful in a long time

  • Jonathan Lengsavath

    i will use the NFC tag for setting a task for the time i will wake up at, a task for launching specific apps, and one for powering off the device! =) 
    ps: double posting because i feel like i should include full name

    • Jonathan Lengsavath

      should be Jonathan Lengsavath

  • Jeff718

    Nothing intricate here, until I learn more about them. I'd start with turning wifi on when I get home from work.

  • Deepu Mukundan

    I'll use it to track keys and other smaller items which get lost in the depths of couch and bed

  • Lekshmi Ravindranath

    I will use it to track the expiry of stuff in the refrigerator by adding dates to the tags

  • Ace2die

    i am going to setup call forward profile at my desk at work, swipe to send calls to work line

  • Gary D

    One tag would be used in the car, for the obvious function.  Any others would likely end up being used in conjunction with software development efforts.

  • Kayvon Khaledi

    I would use these in my car to turn on BT and Wifi off, at work to turn on Wifi and turn off BT and then at home for night time mode. This would make this lazy guy a happy guy, lol.

  • thehoot

    I'll use one to instantly stream Al Green when it's time for me and my lady to make sweet, sweet love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303904674 Michael Harrison

    Profiles for Work, home, car, nightstand, etc.  I expect battery life to increase a lot with this.

  • KreeTerry

    Id use tags to automate every possible thing.  one by my bed, one in my car, one at work, one at the inlaws.  Hell ill even throw one next to toilet :)

  • SStewart654

    I would tag my dog

  • Mattias fält

    i will use them to make profiles like sleep and school and set upp different games i will be great funn 


    i will use it to tag my keys as it's always misplaced somewhere

  • CourageMonkey

    I want to use the tags to make an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt! Combined with QR codes, it'll be epic!

  • Bullchicken

    I would stick one to my toddler so phone would load angry birds whenever he grabbed it

  • Kotslon

    I wonder if I can use tags to
    1.download podcasts and start playing
    2.turn on Bluetooth and start music player
    3.put a tag to my belt to turn music on and off.

  • Rick Ramo

    I guess I am screwed until Samsung/ATT get off the pot and flush us i727 buyers an update with 4.0.x.  Somehow I just knew I would be regretfull updating a contract with AT&T.  The how best can we screw you attitude in the front office is really getting to the short end of the fuse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129880256 Joe Pelar

    I would use these tags to simplify and automate everything. Ex: Have one in my car so when I leave my house I can have the NFC tag: Turn off wifi, turn on GPS, Media volume, etc. I'd definitely put some tags around town as "hidden gems" for people to find. The possibilities are endless!

  • zpartal

    One on my desk, one on my nightstand, one by the door that triggers an internet connected arudino to unlock the lock. 

  • Ivan92116

    I would have tags setup for home, car, and office. 

  • Angela C

    I would TAG, my LAG!

  • http://twitter.com/JirafaBo JirafaBo

    I'm gonna use my tags to create the first (hopefully) ever NFC Multi Stage Puzzle Geocache!  

  • B J Books

    definitely will use the tags for the car, and possibly bed time

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Monty/708655348 Sam Monty

    I'll mostly use the tags to post updates to my social networks like Twitter and others.  Also may be, to show my friends the geeky side of me.

  • tomsandsperrys

    To propose to my girlfriend!!! One tag to pull up her favorite song. Another to pull up the site to her favorite food. Another to open Google map location of where we met. Another of me asking her to marry me. Help me out! Oh and I'm being serious!! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1255913958 István Nyitrai

    I'll use it to order pizza when refrigerator is empty. And for work to turn on usb debugging and wifi.

  • http://twitter.com/majedev Majed Alhajry

    I will use them to develop NFC-based applications. These tags are hard to get on my side of the planet.

  • smisa27

    First off, since I don't have a phone that has NFC yet, I plan on getting the Samsung GS3 so that I can have NFC FUNctionality. Then, I would create profiles for in the car to turn on Vlingo, or some kind of hands free option so I don't text and drive or anything like that. Then I would create a bike profile when I go biking to open up my biking app to record my travel, and probably a nice one in my room to play music which then syncs to my bluetooth stereo. Depending on how many I get, I would try and get creative by making my life easier.

  • Monica

    I'd use them to automatically change ringer etc. when near my bed, in the car, at work and at home. It should be pretty neat!

  • Riccardo Desantis

    There is some alarm clock in the store that could be disabled only via a check on a NFC tag... that is one way that I'll surely use it: I can never wake up in the morning!

    Other then that, automagically posts on twitter, and any other stuff... I'm just curios to experiment! :D

  • ciasaboark

    One in the car, one on the nightstand, one on my notebook (for school).

  • Blueron

     I would put one of them on my car ..so that whenever I get in, Tasker would change the Profile to a pre-defined one - like tunring on the Bluetooth and connecting to a headset/in-dash module and start the media player. Next, attach one to the office cubicle - which would turn on the silent mode on my phone. 
     Would also attach one to something I might lose like a bunch of Keys or some important papers ina stockpile. Just swipe your phone across it, and the phone would buzz if it finds the object.  Great for searching things.

  • ewilliams1009

    i would tag my wallet

  • Teryfunk

    ill use one for the car. and one at the front door for home mode. i think this will be easier than the complex tasker config i currently have going on, and i can turn off gps etc more often.

  • Lawrence

    set profile for different settings and to show people that don't have NFC on their phone how NFC works

  • rudir

    I'll set this tag up for some Barry White inspired mood setting.

  • PhotogX

    Home - Turn on/off Wifi
    Work - change volume settings
    Car - Turn on Bluetooth

  • Robert Walters

    Work, Car, Home, Sleep, Weekend, Drinking nights!

  • Max

    I would use them to show off both NFC and Android. I work in a manufacturing plant. I have a plant tour that I do, and I would place one at each stop where there is a television to launch a website for that particular area of the tour and stream it from my Galaxy Nexus. Since my plant is iOS all the way, an Android presence so prevalent would certainly be noticed! 

  • http://twitter.com/SEP_Marcos Marcos Yasuo Amano

    Well I'll use one to turn the wifi on when I get to school, maybe one to Foursquare checkin and well, it's so many options that I don't know how I would use it if I win!

  • PudgyPanda

    On the nightstand beside my bed. I would give a few to my sister as well so she could use them to tag.

  • blacky01

    I would have tags set with different profiles around the house an in the car one in the bathroom when I take a shower to play my music an shut off notifications tag again to reset back in the room for night time an turn wifi on an tap again when ready to go to work to battery save mode all kinds if ideas I have!

  • chssmsterwnook

    I'm going to rule the world with NFC.

  • Lukas Heim

    I will use one to set a nightprofile, one to turn my phone to "bikemode" and one at the entrance to my apartment. I will use the other ones to start different playlists.

  • Melvin Blokhuijzen

    I've already ordered a bunch of those and they are so useful! I mostly use them to turn off hardware specific stuff on my device. But I would love to use them as marketing when I bring out an app.

  • Yaffle

    I'll use one to automatically start Navizon when in my car so that I can earn points with even less clicks than my existing Tasker setup.

  • LittleBiscuit

    I would tag my car, my nightstand, my tv, my computer, etc... plus I would share a few with my BF.

  • aj34

    I would tag my desk and my boyfriend. I would also share them with a few of my android lovin' friends.

  • Xc8118

    I'm using one for a car profile,1 home profile, 1 night time, and 1 school. Gonna be sickkkkk

  • http://twitter.com/vandelay_art Marc R.

    I would wear an NFC tag on my watch so i could automatically launch Instant Heart Rate app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=si.modula.android.instantheartrate to check if I'm alive or not lol

  • Freerein100

    I just received my first NFC equipped phone, so I am learning what is possible, but I will definitely put one near my front door 

  • King.Mickey08

    i'll use it in my bed for night profile, my front door for home profile, my bag for school profile, and my car for travel profile

  • http://twitter.com/duanemck Duane McKibbin

    My phone is already semi-sentient with Tasker tasks, but there are times I wish it was easier to switch modes when conditions change. NFC seems perfect. Would also love to hack a bit and see what I can get going with my own app.

  • Lucek_86

    Next to:
    my steering wheel in car - navigation
    my GF's place - music player with Barry White
    my bed - nothing - i have docking station :P
    my business laptop - google calendarmy home desktop - battle.net autenthicator for D3 ;-)

  • Lucek_86

    Next to:
    my steering wheel in car - navigation
    my GF's place - music player with Barry White
    my bed - nothing - i have docking station :P
    my business laptop - google calendarmy home desktop - battle.net autenthicator for D3 ;-)

  • Amblix

    Damn too late...I would use these with my Homeseer Home Automation system. Have it send emails to my automation server as triggers which will perform whatever events I want based on the phone and tag! :)  Congrats to the winner! Enjoy!

  • Kcarpenter5407

    A lot of what I would do is what everyone else would do with them. 
    -Car Dock launch
    -Office Wifi connect
    -Home Wifi connect, hopefully I could figure out how to connect others without giving them my passkey
    -Set a "nap time" alarm. 
    -One in the conference room to silent my phone during meetings. 
    -One on the end table next to the couch to launch XBMC Remote/Google TV remote
    -One to launch an SSH Terminal from the server room?
    Meh....thats good enough for now, I'm sure once I play with them I can think of more. 

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I won wooohoooooo!!!!!!! :D