An NFC tag allows apps to be launched directly without selecting them on the home screen itself. What only sounds like a minimal time saving can be a great help in certain situations, such as drive a car. Another application scenario ist the launch of fitness / running apps.
In this How2, we will explain how to launch a specific fitness app without selecting it manually.
- Create shortcut for fitness app
- Trigger shortcut via NFC tag
- Addition: Record current location on the track
Create shortcut for fitness app
We create a shortcut via the app Shortcuts, via the bottom tab My shortcuts → +. Here we tap +Add action.
In the next step we tap on Scripts → Open app. Then we tap Select an choose the disired app form the list.
By Next we can give the shortcut a name (in our case: ''StartFitness'') → Done.
1. Create shortcut for fitness app
2. Create shortcut for fitness app
3. Create shortcut for fitness app
Trigger shortcut via NFC tag
Now we have a shortcut that opens a sports app. However, the goal is to start this shortcut or the app without having to operate the smartphone. To do this, we save the ''StarFitness'' shortcut we just created on an NFC tag. Therefore we start the app NFC21 Tools → Tag types → Shortcut. In the imput filed we enter ''StartFitness'' an tap on Write on NFC tag.
1. Trigger shortcut via NFC tag
Addition: Record current location on the track
For longer runs / bike tours or similar, it may be useful to save and name the current location so that it can be retrieved and share at a later time.
An NFC Tag can also be created for such a case. The current location is automatically saved by a contact with the smartphone. At the same time, this can be named directly. We explain how this works here.
In this article, we have described how a specific fitness app can be activated by a shortcut before exercising. This can especially useful for example before running/jogging or cycling. Such a shortcut ca also be saved on a NFC wristband.