How to Scan NFC Tags with iOS CoreNFC using Cloud-In-Hand Mobile Grid

This article demonstrates how to use iOS’s built-in NFC reader (made available to 3rd party applications in iOS 11) with Cloud-In-Hand® Mobile Grid.

While the native NFC reader is used in absence of an RFID/NFC reader, such as the idChamp® RS3 Reader, it’s important to note that there are some limitations to the native iOS NFC reader; it can only read the NDEF data stored on the NFC tag and it cannot write any data to the NFC tag. For more functionality, such as reading various data stores of the RFID/NFC tag and writing to RFID/NFC tags, we recommend the idChamp® NF4 Reader-Writer, or idChamp® RS4 Reader-Writer. To learn more about the RS4, visit the product page or contact us

Enable the Floating Trigger

1. Tap on the Settings icon.

2. Select Application Settings.

3. Once on the Settings view, you’ll notice that the second category of options is Trigger Setup. Tap on the Floating Trigger option.

4. Select Native CoreNFC NDEF Reader (this is referring to the built-in NFC reader).

5. After you select the CoreNFC option, you’ll see that it is enabled from the Settings view.

6. Navigate back to the main view back tapping Back.

Scan an NFC Tag

1. Hold an NFC tag up to the iOS device (preferably near the center of the device; this is where the NFC reader is embedded).

2. Tap on the floating trigger (labeled “Tap to trigger scan“).

3. You’ll notice that the built-in iOS NFC reader will say, “Ready to Scan.”

4. After the tag is read, the NDEF data will be inserted into the grid. Congratulations!