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What does ‘no supported app for this NFC tag’ mean? Quick Fix

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NFC is a rather important piece of tech. Your travel cards to debit cards it’s present everywhere and helps get menial tasks done quickly. However, with several different NFC tags around each person, some problems will happen.

In this article, we’re looking at the “no supported app for this NFC tag” error, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this?

The ‘no supported app for this NFC tag’ error is caused when an NFC tag without a compatible app on your phone comes in contact with the device, prompting an action that can’t be taken. This could be your travel or bank cards or just another NFC tag you had lying around in your pocket. 

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How to fix this?

The error can be rather annoying. Here are a few simple fixes for the problem.

Register your cards

If the problem is happening because of your payment cards coming in contact with your phone, register your cards in the payment app of your choice. Wallet apps like Google Pay, Samsung Pay and others support adding cards that can be used to pay from your phone. You can use this feature to add your cards to the app and eliminate the error.

Use an RFID blocking wallet

If you keep your wallet and phone in the same pocket, you can also use an RFID blocking wallet to make sure your cards are protected against any unauthorised NFC transactions. 

Not only will this get rid of the error message, but using an RFID wallet will also protect your cards from being read by an NFC terminal without you explicitly taking your cards out, something called RFID skimming. Alternatively, you can use small aluminium sheets to protect your cards from being read.

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Disable NFC on your phone

The last resort is to disable NFC on your phone outright. Do keep in mind that disabling NFC means you won’t be able to make contactless payments with your phone. 

  • Open your phone settings and tap Connected devices.
  • Tap Connection preferences.
  • Tap NFC.
  • Disable the NFC slider.

You shouldn’t see the ‘no supported app for this NFC tag’ error popup now.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: