How to Share a Contact via NFC from a Live Tile

This complete step-by-step tutorial demonstrates how you can select a contact from your address book, customize it to contain the info you’d like to share, pin it to a live tile for instant sharing to another device and activating the live tile.

Of course, you can also share a contact directly from the built-in address book – but not as conveniently with one tap like with NFC interactor, and most importantly: only NFC interactor allows customizing the details you actually want to share!

Step 1: Choose type

Start NFC interactor, swipe right to go to the “tag composer” view and tap the “Choose tag type to write” button.


Step 2: Select “Business Card”


Step 3: Open address book to import a contact


Step 4: Choose contact to import


Step 5: Modify details and tap “pin to live tile” button

Make sure you only include the details you want to share – you’re free to edit the contact details, create additional details or remove details you’d rather keep private. The changes you make here are unique to your future live tile, and do not affect your contact in the address book.

Step 6: Customize your live tile

Choose the “Send to device” live tile mode to use peer-to-peer sharing by default. You can also customize the title of the new live tile – the default is an intelligent summary of its contents.

Step 7: Live tile is pinned to your start screen

Optionally adapt the live tile size.


Step 8: Tap the live tile to instantly start sharing your customized business card


Step 9: Tap another NFC phone to share your details!

This works with all NFC equipped Windows Phone 8 devices, Android 4.x, BlackBerry phones and the Nokia N9 with MeeGo Harmattan.

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By Andreas Jakl

Andreas Jakl is working as Mobility Evangelist at Tieto, to bring the business partner’s vision for mobile app strategies to life. In addition, he is organizing the Mobile Developer After-Work event series together with the community, where expert developers share their knowledge with plenty of time for networking. As Microsoft MVP for Windows Platform Development (Most Valuable Professional), he is also running developer trainings and workshops.