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Windows Phone 8 devices support NFC (Near-Field Communication) connectivity, allowing your device to send files, websites, and more to other NFC-enabled devices simply by touching the two devices together. This guide explains to Windows Phone 8 users how to share files, websites, contacts, apps, and games with other devices using the NFC feature.

All smartphones which run the Windows Phone 8 operating system support a useful connectivity feature that allows you to share things like apps, files, games, contacts, images, and other files simply by tapping your phone against another device running the same operating system. Some items may also be shared with devices running newer versions of the Google Android operating system in certain situations. This wireless connectivity feature is known as NFC or near-field communication. You may also pair your Windows Phone with any other device which supports NFC, such as various Bluetooth devices.

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Before you begin, ensure that both phones are unlocked, and NFC sharing is enabled on both devices. On the home screen, swipe to the left to reveal the full list of shortcuts and scroll down to reach “Settings.” Scroll down this list to find “tap+send” and ensure that the feature is enabled. For transferring larger files, you should also turn on the Bluetooth feature which you can find on the Settings page.

1. Sharing Files or Websites

Please open the file you want to share, whether a document, video, audio track, or image. If you want to share a website, open your browser and navigate to the website you want to share.

Tap the… icon in the bottom right to display additional menu items. Tap on the option entitled “Share,” or if sharing a website, tap “Share page.” A list of sharing and sending options will appear.

Press Tap + Send and touch your phone against the phone to which you want to send the file or website. The phones should be within an inch or two of one another and preferably touching for the connection to work reliably. Some devices are marked with an NFC logo to show where the actual receiver is located.

Tap “Accept” on the receiving phone when the notification appears. The file will now appear in the associated location. For example, in Windows Phone 8 devices, images will appear in the Photos Browser, while audio and video will appear in the music and video library. If you are sharing Office documents, you will be able to save the file by pressing the… icon and tapping “Save as.”

2. Sharing Contacts

Open the People app from your home screen to view the list of available contacts. Locate and open the contact you want to share and press the… icon to view more options. Tap “Share.” Note that you cannot share contacts in your list added by social networks such as Facebook. Tap on the check icon at the bottom of the screen and tap “Tap + Send” on the next page. Tap “Accept” on the receiving phone.

3. Sharing Apps or Games

Open the Windows Phone Store from the home page or apps list. Navigate to the store page for the app or game you want to share. Tap “Share” at the bottom of the screen, or if you do not see this option, tap the icon to reveal more options.

Press “Tap + Send” while holding the phone against the receiving phone. On the receiving phone, tap “Accept,” and the store page for the app or game you just shared will appear on the receiving phone.

You can also share apps and games you currently have installed on your phone by tapping and holding its shortcut icon.

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