TecTiles are small programmable NFC(Near Field Communication) tags that can be read using the NFC technology on your Samsung device through an application that can be found on the Google Play store. The main function of a TecTile is to program it to complete tasks on your device like turning on your Bluetooth, Wifi, or opening certain applications by simply touching your device to the tag.
Some TecTiles can be accessed simply by using the NFC technology on your enabled device although some require that you use the free application on the Android Market. If for any reason you set you phone on a TecTile and it cannot read it and complete the action it will let you know that the application is needed.
How to Program a TecTile?
You will need to download the “Samsung TecTile” app in order to program one. Next you will need to open the TecTile app and press “OK” on the welcome screen. If you don’t have NFC enabled your device will ask you to do so at this point. The NFC feature can be easily found in your phones settings. Next you will be required to select the type of TecTile that you would like to create (you will have the options of Settings & Apps, Phone & Text, Location & Web, or Social). At this point you just need to follow the on screen instructions.
How do you use a Programmed TecTile?
You need to make sure that your NFC is enabled on your phone, this can be done by going to settings -> More Settings -> NFC. Touch the back of your device to the TecTile and you will see a “New Tag Collected” screen. At this point your device will open an applications, change some settings, oir whatever else the TecTile is programmed to do.