Making a Switch Type NFC Tag

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NFC Tags may come across as cheap for a lot of people, but it doesn’t mean that you have to waste the potential of an NFC tag into one action. NFC Task launcher allows you to create multiple actions in every tag. It can be a complete profile changer.

Of course, when we make profiles, we also want to be able to switch between a profile we use for something like work, and maybe a profile we use when we are on the go or at home. Rather than having two tags used up for these two profiles, we can make one tag do it all by transforming it into a switch tag.

A switch tag is basically a tag that can launch one set of actions in one tap and a whole other set of actions on another tap. We will learn how to make a switch tag that will alternate between an indoors and outdoors profile using only one tag and the NFC Task Launcher app from Tagstand.

Procedure

  1. First, we need to download the NFC Task Launcher app that we will use to program the profiles we need. Simply type “NFC Task Launcher” in the Play Store. It should be the first app that appears in the list. Don’t worry, it’s free.Step 1
  2. Tap on Install on the upper right.
    Step 2
  3. Tap on “Accept & Download”. It should start downloading after that.Step 3
  4. Once installed, exit the play store and tap on the app icon to launch the app.Step 4
  5. If this is your first time to launch the app, you should be greeted with this message. If you don’t have NFC Tags yet, then the app will help you get your hand on some. If you already have NFC Tags, simply tap on “I already have NFC Tags”.Step 5
  6. On the app’s home screen, tap on the “+” icon on the upper right to make a new task or profile.
    Step 6
  7. On the popup screen, tap on the “New Tag” option to create a new tag.Step 7
  8. On this page, label the tag as you want. For the sake of this tutorial, our first tag would be the “Indoors” profile. Once the label is done, simply tap on the “Add Actions” option below to start adding actions to your profile.
    Step 8
  9. You should be greeted with a list of possible actions for your new profile. Now we will decide what we want our phone to have during the indoor mode. First, let us tap on Wireless & Networks.
    Step 9
  10. You should be greeted with a list of possible actions. When indoors, we expect to have Wi-Fi networks installed for us to use. That is why we want to toggle on the Wi-Fi setting. Place a check mark on that.
    Step 10
  11. Since we are indoors, there is no use for Bluetooth to be unnecessarily on unless we need it for transferring files and such. Place a check mark there so we can set that later.
    Step 11
  12. When we are indoors, it is less likely that our GPS would be able to get a lock on. To save power and prevent our device from unnecessarily launching GPS while indoors, we need to toggle that setting off. Place a check mark there. Note that this option would require that you have root access. Ignore this step if you don’t have root.
    Step 12
  13. We don’t expect to use mobile data indoors, so we just have to turn off that setting. Place a check mark there as well. This action also requires root access.
    Step 13
  14. There are plenty of other things we can set on an indoors profile under the other categories, but to keep this guide short and sweet, we will settle for the Wireless and Networks settings for now. It should now look like this. Once ready, tap on “Next”
    Step 14
  15. A popup screen should now come up. On this screen, we are prompted to direct the app on what we wanted to do for each of the settings we have placed a mark on the previous page. You can tap on the drop down box to choose between “Enable, Disable and Toggle”.
    Step 15
  16. Remember, we want the Wi-Fi to be on, while Bluetooth, GPS and Mobile data should be off. It should now look like this. Tap on “Ok” when you are done reviewing your actions.
    Step 16
  17. The Indoors Profile should now look like this:
    Step 17
  18. To make this tag into a Switch Tag, we will need to set another profile that the tag will activate if you tap on the tag a second time. To set a new Profile swipe the screen from the right going left.
    Step 18
  19. You should now be under the “Task 2” header. To continue creating a switch tag, tap on “Add a Task”
    Step 19
  20. On the pop-up page, choose “New Task”
    Step 20
  21. You can again label this profile as you wish. For the sake of the guide, we will label it as “Outdoors”. Tap on “Add Actions” to proceed.
    Step 21
  22. Once again, tap on the Wireless & Networks category.
    Step 22
  23. Ok, from here, we assume that your Outdoor profile is the complete opposite of your Indoor profile. Basically, we will be switching the same set of settings. Of course, in a personal scenario, you can also launch apps, change sound settings and display settings as you wish. For now, we will just work with the Wireless and Networks settings to stay with the purpose of the guide. The same settings should be marked with a check mark. Tap “Next” to proceed.
    Step 23
  24. On this page, we want to make sure we disable Wi-Fi, and enable the rest. Once you are ready, tap on “OK”.
    Step 24
  25. Your Outdoor profile should now look like this:
    Step 25
  26. We are almost done! Simply tap on “Save and Write” on the upper right corner of the screen.
    Step 26 

  27. This screen will prompt you to tap your NFC tag so that the app can write the instructions into your NFC Tag.
    Step 27
  28. Writing shouldn’t take too long (usually an instant). Once the tag has been programmed, you will see a confirmation on this page. Tap “Done” when you are indeed done.
    Step 28
  29. You should now be back to the home screen of the app.
    Step 29

 Testing

Testing the tag is pretty simple. Tap the tag once and you should see that the Indoor profile should activate, leaving a small footprint on the upper left of your notification bar, indicating which profile or task was launched.


Testing 1

Tapping the tag another time should launch the second programmed profile or task. The notification will appear on the upper left of the notification bar again, indicating that the profile has been activated.


Testing 2

 

 

Guest Post by John Sol Cruz:

341154_10150977957921507_287871572_oJohn Sol Cruz is a tech lover who started fiddling with mobile gadgets since the age of 10. He shares a fascination with machinery and software. He currently enjoys reading and writing about the fast growing mobile industry. He likes rooting his mobile devices to make the best of their functions. You can learn to root your phone from http://rescueroot.com