FAQ: NFC with the Smartphone

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Frequently asked questions about NFC and Android or iOS.

Android: How do I edit access rights?

For certain operations, special access rights and permissions may be required for Android. Especially when creating tasks and automations, these rights must be granted. Of course, app permissions can also be adjusted afterwards. To do this, we open the App Settings, tap Apps (or depending on the smartphone, tap Application Manager). There, the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen will take you to a settings menu where you can select App permissions. By tapping on the individual categories, we can now set the permissions for the individual app.

Android: How do I edit access rights?

Android: How do I change the default apps?

To change the default app for opening web links, for example, we go to SettingsApps and select Default apps under Options. Here you can also change the default app for the different data types.

Android: How do I change the default apps?

iOS: Run third-party / friend automation?

Automations can be shared and run within Apple Smartphones. This makes it easy to share convenient automations with friends and family without the hassle of creating them yourself.

For security reasons, this feature is disabled by default in iOS. To work around this prohibition, we need to run SettingsShortcuts → active Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.

iOS: Run third-party / friend automation?

iOS: Automation failed. Extension communication timeout

If the NFC tag is described with an automation as it is possible with the short commands App, the error "extension communication timeout" may occur.

In this case, a first NFC tag is detected, but another one is not. If this is the case, another NFC tag can only be scanned and detected by an automation if the push notification with the error message "extension communication timeout" appears.

It is not yet known exactly what the cause of this malfunction is and how it can be avoided. But we hope that Apple will fix this with the next iOS update.

iOS: Automation failed. Extension communication timeout

iOS: Executing automation in "Do Not Disturb" mode

When the "Do Not Disturb" mode is activated, volume and vibration are switched off for notifications. For calls, you can create an exception, which means that iPhone will still vibrate or ringtone when a call comes in.

Until now, these exceptions could not be created separately for apps. That is, if the "Do Not Disturb" mode is active, the iPhone will not vibrate when an automation is running. This is critical if an automation needs a confirmation to be executed, e.g. when setting the alarm clock. If a confirmation is required, you should therefore ensure that the iPhone is not in "Do not disturb" mode.

iOS: Executing automation in "Do Not Disturb" mode

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