Connectivity

Tap to share photos, websites, and more

Did you know you can share things from one phone to another by simply tapping the two together? It's pretty amazing, actually. Windows Phone supports a type of wireless communication called NFC (near field communication) that lets you transfer files and other things quickly and wirelessly, at close range.

Two phones sharing via NFC
Tap two phones together to share via NFC

As long as your Windows Phone supports NFC, and the device you're sharing with does too, you can transfer photos, contacts, websites, and a lot more. You can even tap to wirelessly pair two devices, such as your phone and a set of speakers. To learn more about NFC pairing, see Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory.

Notes

  • This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
  • You should only accept files or other info from sources that you trust.

Tap to share a photo or video

  1. On both your phone and on the receiving device, make sure Tap to share and Bluetooth are both turned on.

  2. In the App list, tap Photos Photos icon, then tap the photo or video you want to share.

  3. Tap Share Share icon.

  4. Tap Tap to share (NFC) (or Tap + Send on earlier versions of Windows Phone), and then hold your phone back to back with a friend's phone.

  5. On the receiving phone, unlock your screen, then tap Accept to transfer the photo or video.

  6. When it's done, tap the banner at the top of your screen to open the photo or video, then tap Save Save icon to save it to your Saved Pictures album.

Tap to share a web page

  1. On both your phone and on the receiving device, make sure Tap to share is turned on.

  2. In the App list, tap Internet Explorer Internet Explorer icon, then navigate to the web page you want to share.

  3. Tap More More icon, and then tap Share page.

  4. Tap Tap to share (NFC) (or Tap + Send on earlier versions of Windows Phone), and then hold your phone back to back with a friend's phone.

  5. On the receiving phone, unlock your screen, and then tap Accept to open the web page.

    If you'd like, you can tap More More icon, and then tap Add to favorites or Pin to Start to save the web page for later.

Tap to share a contact

  1. On both your phone and on the receiving device, make sure Tap to share is turned on.

  2. In the App list, tap People People Tile, and then find and tap the contact you want to share.

  3. Tap More More icon, tap Share contact, and then tap Share Share icon.

  4. Tap Tap to share (NFC) (or Tap + Send on earlier versions of Windows Phone), and then hold your phone back to back with a friend's phone.

  5. On the receiving phone, unlock your screen, then tap Accept to open the contact. Tap Save Save icon, and then follow the instructions to save the contact to one of your accounts (such as Google or your Microsoft account).

    Note

    You can't share contact info from social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter.

Tap to share an app or game

  1. On both your phone and on the receiving device, make sure Tap to share is turned on.

  2. In the App list, tap and hold an app you'd like to share, then tap Share.

  3. Tap Tap to share (NFC) (or Tap + Send on earlier versions of Windows Phone), and then hold your phone back to back with a friend's phone.

  4. On the receiving phone, unlock your screen, then tap Get app to open the app or game in the Store.

Tap to receive info from a business card or ad

NFC chips are small—so small that sometimes they're embedded in business cards, magazine advertisements, posters, restaurant menus, and so on. You can tap your phone to any one of these to get different types of info. For example, if a business card supports NFC, you can tap your phone to it to get the person's contact info or website.

  1. Unlock your phone, then tap it to an NFC-capable item.

  2. When the message box appears, tap Accept to receive and open the contact or website.

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