NFC

Can I Upgrade My Phone for NFC?

Motorola Moto G7

Episode 1748

Leonard from San Diego, CA

Leonard has a Motorola Moto G7 with a 5,000 mAh battery. Leo says that'll last forever. But the G7 doesn't have NFC, and he needs that. Leo says you can't add NFC to the phone, but you could get an Android Wear Watch that supports NFC and you could pay for it that way. That would be the easy way. You just have to be sure the model you like supports Google Pay. The Wyze Band fitness watch supports Google Pay and it's only $25. Fossil makes several, as does Casio. The Fitbit Charge 4 as well.

Or just upgrade your Moto to a new model that supports NFC.

Tuesday's Apple Event Hints at New Apple Watch

Apple Event 9/15

Episode 1728

This Tuesday at 10am PDT, Apple will be streaming an event called "Time Flies," and Leo says it hints at a new, sixth-generation Apple Watch. Leo wonders though, just how much more you can do with a smartwatch. And he also thinks that maybe it'll be the release of a new version of watchOS 7. Other new features will include an expanded sleep feature and more software additions. But he also thinks there really isn't much more you can do hardware-wise. We are in essence at peak watch.

How can I use a YubiKey authenticator without NFC?

Titan Security Key

Episode 1564

Cheryl from Palmdale, CA

Cheryl has a Motorola Moto G6, and she wants to use a YubiKey for password security. But her phone doesn't have NFC. What can she do? Leo says that she can get a Bluetooth authenticator key like YubiKey that works with Google's Authenticator app. The Google Titan Security Key is the one to get. It's $50. There's a USB and Bluetooth key for one price. So it'll work with her laptop too.

Can I use NFC with Yubikey to unlock my data?

YubiKey

Episode 1563

Laverne from Not the Bronx

Laverne made a secondary Yubico key on her network. She wants to know if her Galaxy Note 9 Android phone will unlock via NFC since it has a chip. But she gets an error message. Is it the key, or the phone? Leo suspects the phone isn't seeing the code as it needs to. She could try the YubiKey app that is available through the Google Play store.

Can I pay for things with an Android Wear watch?

Android Wear watches

Episode 1556

Joe from Winslow, AZ

Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.