Former Writer · Sep 26, 2012 at 09:30 am

AnyTAG NFC Launcher Opens Apps Via NFC

NFC has slowly been gaining in popularity since it started making its way into mobile phones. While the most common usage for NFC is mobile payment through services like ISIS and Google Wallet, there are actually a number of other ways to use NFC tags. The latest application of the technology is to use it as a pseudo-task manager using an application called AnyTAG.

AnyTAG basically allows you to open and close a variety of tasks and applications via NFC. This could be useful for a number of reasons. One such example is toggling WiFi off when you leave your house, toggling silent mode when you lay down to go to bed or toggling Bluetooth on in your car. It was posted to the forums by XDA Forum Member wedjohn57. And although it was posted in the Samsung Galaxy S III section, the application should be compatible with any NFC-enabled device.

Here’s a list of all the things you can currently do with AnyTAG:

✔ Bluetooth (on/off/toggle)
✔ Bluetooth discoverable (on)
✔ WiFi (on/off/toggle)
✔ WiFi Hotspot (on/off/toggle)
✔ Connect to specific WiFi SSID
✔ Mobile data (on/off/toggle)
✔ Airplane mode (on)
✔ GPS (on/off/toggle)
✔ Capture photo (front/back camera)
✔ Screenshot – root only (Beta)
✔ Launch an app
✔ Launch an activity
✔ Make a call or USSD
✔ Send an SMS
✔ Open a web page
✔ Navigation
✔ Launch tasker
✔ Silent mode (off/vibrate/mute)
✔ Set volume (ringer/notification/media/alarm)
✔ Auto rotate screen (on/off/toggle)
✔ Auto brightness (on/off/toggle)
✔ set screen brightness
✔ Stay Awake While Charging (on/off/toggle)
✔ Auto sync (on/off/toggle)
✔ Display Timeout

According to the Google Play description, there are also more features yet to be implemented. Additionally, you don’t need re-writable NFC tags. As the app description explains:

Every NFC tags come with a unique tag ID.
Instead of writing task/action into the NFC tags like what other does.
AnyTAG NFC Launcher let user stored list of tasks and tied it with the NFC tag ID. So when user scanned NFC tag, AnyTAG will recognize the tag ID and perform configured tasks accordingly.
No modification of NFC tags stored data at all.

So if you’re looking for another way to use your NFC tags, this is a pretty good option to try out. For additional details, check out the original thread.


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