Simply NFC is the most powerful and simple NFC reader available. Simply tap the “Read NFC” button to start scanning for NFC tags and then place the back of your phone to the tag. It’s that simple! No external hardware required (requires iPhone 7 or above)! The tag content will be read, stored in your history, and opened automatically on the device with the appropriate app or function. With configured tags, you can even trigger HomeKit scenes that were preconfigured in the Home app!  
To read NFC tags even faster, you can launch the scanning through 3D touch quick actions by hard pressing on the app icon, or changing a setting to have the NFC reader start when opening the app.  

Have a bunch of tags? Enable Multi-Scan mode and scan all of them in one session to view all the results at once.

One can also export the scanned history to txt tab delimited, csv comma delimited, or csv tab delimited files. Useful for tracking events!
Simply NFC supports the following tag content:  
-Text Content: View whatever text is on the tag.  
-URL Content: Opens the URL in your web browser to navigate to webpages using http or https or even other URL types such as file://.  
-vCard Contact Content – If you have contact information in the vCard format, the contact import window will appear with the contact information prefilled. You can then choose to modify any content and then add the contact.  
-SMS Content: Opens an SMS window prefilled in with the tag content such as number and message. You can then choose to add more or send the SMS.  
-Email Content. Open an email window prefilled in with the tag content such as subject and body. You can then choose to add more to the email or send the email.  
-Telephone Content: Brings up the option to call the provided number.  
-App Launching Content: Certain apps contain Uri schemes to open them. Scanning a tag containing this Uri will open that app. Simply NFC also has a Uri scheme “simplynfc://”!  
-Location Content: Tags with coordinates will display the coordinate on a map.
-HomeKit Scene Content: Trigger the HomeKit scene that is written on the tag. HomeKit scenes must be preconfigured inside of the Home app. 
-Wifi Configuration Content: Scan a Wifi configuration tag to have your device connect to the network provided in the tag.
HomeKit scenes can be triggered by any tags written with the text “homekitscene:SCENE_NAME”. The scene name entered here will be triggered when the tag is scanned.

One can also trigger the NFC scanner on their phone remotely by using the Apple Watch app!

We love to hear from our customers so feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, issues, bugs, suggestions, etc. If you have any new features you would like to see, feel free to let us know.

*Note: NFC Scanning is only supported on iPhone 7 and above.*

Developer Information

Simply NFC can be accessed via a Uri scheme (simplynfc://reader) as well. If you need to scan on your app or website, you can redirect to us passing a callback parameter, and we will pass the next scanned content back to your app or website. You can use this to integrate Simply NFC tag scanning into your app or website.

Simply NFC also allows one to setup the app to have every scan send the scanned content to your own web server. This allows one to integrate NFC scanning with your web service.

What's New

Version 1.6

Version 1.6 Changes
-Added the ability to export the history to txt tab delimited, csv comma delimited, or csv tab delimited files.

Previous Version 1.5 Changes
-Added support for Wifi tags. You can now scan a Wifi tag and have your device automatically join the Wifi network specified in the tag!
Previous Version 1.4 Changes
-Added Web API settings allowing users to have the scanned content be sent to a web server for processing. This allows one to easily integrate NFC scanning into their web apps.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

26 Ratings

26 Ratings

HomeKit Compatibility!?!?!?


I downloaded the app cause I was interested in it’s HomeKit compatibility. I wrote a tag following the instructions for HomeKit compatibility and was absolutely amazed! I tapped the tag with my phone and watched as my HomeKit devices sprang to life! I would recommend this app to anyone purely because of this. The only issue is that the iPhone cannot write to NFC tags so you would need another device to write a HomeKit enabled tag. I emailed the developer to find out if this can be supported and he said that he would support it once apple allowed writing to NFC tags. Also reads website tags quickly.

Developer Response

Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoy the HomeKit functionality!

Works great!


Updated review:
I played around with the HomeKit update and wow, its pretty cool how it works. You pretty much tap the configured tag and then your HomeKit hardware does something.

Original Review:
Does exactly what it says. It was able to read and load my sms, contacts, and email tags perfectly. Other apps just gave me text, this one loaded up the appropriate function to handle the tag.

Developer Response

Thank you for the review!

Great App!!


Love that I can finally use NFC on my iPhone. I’ve been waiting for an app like this forever and I’m glad that somebody made this app that’s easy to use and has a great user interface. Keep up the good work!

Developer Response

Thank you for the great review! Glad you like it!


Lakeside Llama LLC
3.6 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Lakeside Llama LLC 2017
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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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