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FIX: No supported app for this NFC tag Android (Samsung)

What’s causing this?

You’ve got your bank card too close to your phone.
To resolve this message please go to the next paragraph.

I’m going to keep the blog post short.
After an update from Android I received the following error message:

“No Supported app for this NFC tag.”

I had never had this before and I was surprised that I suddenly received this message. I first assumed that support was added for applications that can use the NFC tag and that this message popped up when opening an application that does not support this, but this is not the case.

I normally have my phone in a case including bank cards. When I watch TV on the couch, I often take my phone out of the case because it is easier to hold, but after I put the phone back in the case, I suddenly got the message again ( I didn’t even notice I didn’t get the popup anymore). 1 + 1 = 2 and I tried it again with my bank cards out of the case, and voila the error message no longer popped up.

Apparently there is an option added to make a payment or something like that through the bank card? I don’t know.

There are two ways to resolve “No Supported app for this NFC tag.”.

  1. Removing your bank cards from your phone case.
  2. Disable the NFC tag.
    How? See the next Paragraph.
    WARNING! This does have consequences if you use your phone to pay.
    For more go to paragraph ‘Consequences?’

So there is not really a solution, but only a workaround. I expect the bug to be fixed in the next update.


Let’s disable the NFC tag in Android.

WARNING! This does have consequences if you use your phone to pay.
For more go to paragraph ‘Consequences?’

The tutorial is divided in two.

  • Let’s fix ‘No supported app for this NFC tag‘ for techies.
  • Let’s fix ‘No supported app for this NFC tag‘ for dummies.

Both tutorials are the same steps, but the for dummies is with screenshots.

Unfortunately, the steps may differ per phone provider. Assume that the steps are almost identical and that you have to search for the identical setting. The screenshots are from a Samsung Galaxy S10e phone.


Let’s fix ‘No supported app for this NFC tag‘ for techies.

WARNING! This does have consequences if you use your phone to pay.
For more go to paragraph ‘Consequences?’

  • Go to your apps,
  • Find and open Settings,
  • Open Connections,
  • Toggle NFC and payment off.

Let’s fix ‘No supported app for this NFC tag‘ for dummies.

WARNING! This does have consequences if you use your phone to pay.
For more go to paragraph ‘Consequences?’

Go to Apps and search for Settings.

FIX: 'No supported app for this NFC tag'
FIX: ‘No supported app for this NFC tag’

Open Connections.
It includes the NFC option, but on other phones it could be under a different setting. if you can’t find it, try searching for NFC instead.

FIX: 'No supported app for this NFC tag'.
FIX: ‘No supported app for this NFC tag’.

Below you’ll see the NFC option.
Toggle NFC and payment off.

FIX: 'No supported app for this NFC tag'.
FIX: ‘No supported app for this NFC tag’.

You should not be getting the message anymore after it’s toggled off.

FIX: 'No supported app for this NFC tag'.
FIX: ‘No supported app for this NFC tag’.

Consequences?

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4cm or less to initiate a connection. NFC allows you to share small payloads of data between an NFC tag and an Android-powered device, or between two Android-powered devices.

From: Developer.Android.com

So in short, you won’t be able to do payments with you phone anymore.


The complete error message

The error message:

No supported app for this NFC tag.

FIX: 'No supported app for this NFC tag'.
FIX: ‘No supported app for this NFC tag’.

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work as a Senior Services Engineer @ Wortell. In my spare time I write about the error messages that I encounter during my work. I am currently occupied with Azure infrastructure and automating with PowerShell.

13 thoughts on “FIX: No supported app for this NFC tag Android (Samsung)”

  1. thank you so much for easy fix. Recently I got an update from tmobile to s10, after the update I started receiving this message. You are one of the best 🙂

  2. So you’re saying I can’t use Google Pay AND carry my credit cards in my wallet phone case? If so, that sucks. And WAY WORSE than the inconvenience, think of the security issues. NFC should only be on on-demand (when an app is actually using it). Why is it broadcasting constantly? Is my payment data just out there waiting to get cloned? Ouch!

  3. Thanks – nice clear explanation and fix. Still really annoying as I bought a phone case just so I could carry a card. Also realized the contactless payments were not working well via the S10 phone recently – apparently the retail device sees the card and the phone at the same time.

  4. Thank you so much for this information. I actually do carry a bank card in my phone case so there is my explanation. I have turned NFC off at present as I don’t do contactless with my phone, only with my card. Trying to think of a safe place to keep my card now, other than my phone case as I do not carry a purse.

    Thanks again…..your a star.

  5. Omg! Thank you so much! This has been driving me nuts since the 2nd to last update (2 weeks ago-ish)

    You’re a real hero!

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