Add a VCard to your NFC chip
Hello! This page is all about learning how to make a VCard, contact card, or digital business card so you can ultimately program it onto your NFC chip. The good news is it's all super easy to do!
To make a VCARD or downloadable contact card like this: https://www.vcard.link/card/DILo.vcf
1: First Navigate to https://www.vcard.link/
2: Fill out all necessary information you want on your contact card. It does not say "Required", but you have to add a username/password to go to the next page.
3: Once done adding info, hit "Create Card", which brings you to the next page
4: Click "Share" in the top right corner, and 4 links will appear
5: Copy the 3rd link down that says "VCF File."
That's it! Follow the steps on our How To Program page to program the Vcard link into your Tap Tag.
Here is a video if you are more of a video learner:
Making a Digital Business card
You can also program a digital business card into Tap Tag. Because our tags are open-sourced, you can utilize any of the super powerful third-party digital business card sites available. Even if you wanted to use a competitors app, you could do it with Tap Tag!
A Digital Business card is something like this:
It is essentially a free landing page for you. You can put as many links as you like on this page, all consolidated under one link. That single link is what's programmed onto Tap Tag. Once programmed, you can change your landing page as much as you'd like without having to re-program.
Here is a list of some powerful sites we recommend.
1: Most customizable (as shown): ContactInBio
2: Easiest to use: Shorby.io
3: Most famous: Link Tree
Some Others: Bio.fm, 10000cards, FlowCode
All you have to do is navigate to these sites and sign up for a free account. Create your landing page following the steps on their site. They all provide you with a personal web link somewhere on the page. Copy that link and follow Our Steps on programming that into your Tap Tag.
Welcome! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to program an NFC tag or NFC business card. First off, the NFC tag has to be programmable and have a suitable memory limit. Tap Tag holds 144 Bytes of information in the chip, and the info is stored using no power whatsoever and can be constantly overwritten if the user wishes to change its contents. Inversely, the contents of Tap Tag can also be locked forever using another feature of NFC Tools, which may be ideal for business settings or public environments.
Here are some of the most common links added to our chips:
A VCard: https://www.vcard.link/card/DILo.vcf
A digital business card: https://ThatDroneGuyTy.contactin.bio
A social media link: https://www.instagram.com/taptagnfc/
If you would like to learn how to make a VCard or digital business card, go to Make a VCARD or Digital Business Card.
Here's how to program Tap Tag in 7 easy steps, taking about 90 seconds total. NFC Tools is a free app on the Apple and Android App store available to all.
Our first step is to download "NFC Tools" and open it. Easy peasy, next step.
After opening the app, you will be greeted with this home page. Click "Write" to move on to the next step.
Here, you will see a page with three options. Click the first option, "Add A Record," to move on to step 4.
This step greets you with many options to code into your Tap Tag. The recommended option is to click "Custom URL/URI." Move on to the next step. *Most of the other options do not work with current smartphones*
Side Note 1: Not all options are compatible with all smartphones. For example, you can code Wifi information into an NFC tag with any smartphone, but currently, only Android phones can read Wifi info; iPhones will not read.
Side Note 2: Tap Tag holds 144 Bytes of data, roughly equivalent to 36 characters of text. It's more beneficial to use a free contact-card site like LinkTree that generates one small link linking all your info on the linktr.ee website, which is more resourceful than to add all contact info into the "Contacts" tab, which may use too much of the tag's memory.
After clicking "Custom URL/URI", the app will bring you to this simple page. Just type in your www. or copy/paste your web link. Click "OK" in the top right corner when you are done. *This is the only option we recommend using*
Side Note: You can add any link on this page, which the entire internet runs on. Here are some examples...
Any website, Instagram, Link Tree, SoundCloud, Youtube video/channel, Venmo, PayPal, Photo/album link, LinkedIn, Tik Tok, Pinterest, restaurant menu, the list goes on!
After clicking "OK", you will be brought back to this page. This time your Custom URL will be added. You will also notice the app tells you the amount of space your link takes up, in this case, 16 Bytes. *Ensure that there is only one item here. If there are 2+ items, you will have an error scanning NFC tag*.
Click "Write" to be prompted with an NFC "Ready to Scan" message
Now your smartphone is looking for an NFC tag to encode. For iPhone, hold the top of your phone within 1 inch of Tap Tag while this message is up. For android, place the middle of the phone onto Tap Tag. Your smartphone will make a sound and/or vibrate when your NFC tag is officially encoded, which takes less than one second.
This checkmark symbolizes that your NFC chip is programmed! That's it! You did it! You can test Tap Tag by holding your smartphone near it. Your phone should automatically receive the information you encoded via a drop-down notification. Click the notification to go to your link. You do not need an app to read Tap Tag; any compatible phone will read the tag within 3 inches as long as the screen is on. Some phones may need to be unlocked first. Some android phones may need to have "NFC" turned on in settings.
If you choose to re-program another link into your tag, repeat these steps to overwrite the previous link.
Where to place your Tap Tag?
Smartphones automatically read tags when the screen is switched on. Do not put your tag on your phone near the NFC-reading area, or else your phone will read the tag every time you open your phone.
For iPhones: It is best to stick your tag to the middle or bottom of the back of your phone. The NFC reader is located at the top of your iPhone, so it is ideal for keeping your NFC tag away from there.
For Android: Most androids have the NFC reader in the middle-back of the phone. Stick your NFC tag to either the top or bottom. Some android phones vary, so it is best to test this out before you peel off the adhesive of the tag.
Not a text-kinda person? We got you covered with video
Here is a video of the process we made to see some Tap Tag uses and how to program an NFC chip live. We talk you through each step while showing you the power of Tap Tag. Enjoy!
Have the smartphone pull up a ready-to-save contact card automatically
explains how to scan an NFC tag and pull up the contact card native to the phone. You can also add this feature to your existing digital business card as an option next to all of your other links. Either way, learning how to make a VCard or VCF file is always useful information.