How to create your own NFC business card

There is a better way to create a business card and that is by using NFC. It’s the same technology that powers Apple Pay, but turns out NFC chips are cheap to buy and easy to customize for your own purposes.

With an NFC business card, you can hold it up to a smartphone and a page with links to your contact details, social media or website will automatically appear. You’ll never have to worry about printing another batch of cards the next time you update your data; from now on everything is going digital.

How it works

The purpose of NFC technology is already in the name: Near-Field Communication. Basically, it allows two electronic devices to communicate with each other without WiFi or Bluetooth as long as they are within a range of about 4 inches.

Since NFC chips are extremely small, they can be embedded in all sorts of objects or devices. As mentioned, Apple Pay uses NFC, and many smartphones are NFC-enabled on both Android and iOS platforms.

The fun part is that you can also buy plastic cards or tags that contain blank NFC chips. They don’t have a lot of memory, but just enough space to insert a URL, prompting any smartphone reading the NFC card to open a link. As you can imagine, we can set the URL to open a page with your personal contact information, and voila! You have your own NFC business card.

If you want to learn more about NFC technology, read our article that explains the differences between NFC and Bluetooth.

What you need

To create this project you will need the following items:

  • X1 NTAG 215/216
  • NFC Tools app
  • An NFC-enabled smartphone

We also bought a pack of ten blank NFC cards the size of a standard credit card for less than $10. NFC cards can be bought from online marketplaces and are available in bulk at low cost. You can start your search with the keywords NTAG 215and then select the shape, size, and color of the NFC card you want to use.

You need an app to write to your NFC card. There are many NFC read/write apps out there, but for this project we will use NFC tools from Wakdev.

Downloads: NFC Tools for Android | iOS (free)

There are several ways you can link someone to your contact information, depending on the digital platform you use. For professionals who are already using digital business card apps, you can get a shareable link to your contact information. However, these days it’s easier to link someone to your social media (which often doubles as their work profile) so they can add you to the site they use most.

You can also use your personal website as a landing page; For artists with digital portfolios, this may be the best option. Another method is to link someone to your LinkedIn page, Twitter or Instagram profile.

Or why not add all? This way you can let them decide which platform is most convenient for you to be contacted on. In this case, LittleLink and Linktree offer comprehensive mobile landing pages where you can collect all your links in one place.

Option 1: Quick and easy with Linktree

Linktree is a freemium service commonly used in YouTube or Instagram bios to help others find more information about you. It has become one of the easiest ways to host lots of links in one convenient place, and it has everything you need to create an NFC business card. Besides being able to link to any social media account you want, it also has a dedicated contact details feature.

To add your contact information to your Linktree page, go to the Links page and click Discoverthen navigate to Expand your fan base section and find contact details.

After you have filled out your profile, click on the Split Button in the top right corner of the navigation bar. Your Linktree URL is at the bottom of this menu, which you will need for step two.

In keeping with the DIY spirit, we wanted to include an open-source option called LittleLink. Just like Linktree, it’s a simple landing page that contains as many links to other websites as you want, only it’s free to use and doesn’t ask you to log in with your personal information.

LittleLink requires some basic programming knowledge and uses GitHub and Vercel to deploy the project. A walk-through setup video is available on YouTube if you’d like to try it.

When you’re done customizing your LittleLink page, just copy the link from your browser’s URL bar to use it in the next step.

Not everyone has multiple public profiles that they use, so a single link to a primary platform or personal website is enough to do the trick. LinkedIn is a website that’s spot on for creating a professional business card. Apart from this platform, there aren’t many alternatives when it comes to a social networking site dedicated to work profiles and finding new jobs.

Before you begin, make sure you have the correct LinkedIn visibility settings for your profile. Next, find your profile URL by clicking on it Me > View Profile in the top right of the navigation bar. From your profile page, click contact information under your profile picture to view and copy your page url.

Step 2 Prepare the NFC card

Writing a URL onto a blank NFC chip is arguably a lot easier than setting up your digital profile, as you’ll soon discover. Open the NFC Tools app and select Write from the main menu, then Add a record. Choose from this list URL/URIthen enter a URL to your digital profile (from step 1) and click OK in the upper right corner.

Then click on Write, and then press the NFC card to the back of your phone. Hold it in place until you get confirmation that the write was successful. If you encounter an error message, start over and try again.

Step 3: Test your NFC business card

Now all you have to do is verify that your NFC business card is working. Holding the card close to a friend’s smartphone should be enough to trigger the link and ask if they want to open the URL in a web browser. From there, they can see your digital profile, access your contact details, or view your social media profiles.

The last business card you will ever need

Creating an NFC business card is a satisfying mini-project you can do at home. NFC chips are cheap to buy, and turning them into a business card is an easy way to impress people. Next time you meet someone and want to exchange contact details, just pull out your NFC card and hold it close to the phone to see a link with all your details.

Gone are the days of having to reprint batches of paper business cards every time you update your information. An NFC business card is the last thing you’ll ever need.


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