Does NFC work with a case on?

JWorld127

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Thats going to be the big question. If users have to remove their phone from whatever case they have on it will add to the time to pay for things....i couldnt imagine an otterbox having to be removed to use Apple Pay.
 

JWorld127

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Why would it? Oh i dont know maybe because there is something blocking or is in between the signal and the receiver....
 

hpman247

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Why would it? Oh i dont know maybe because there is something blocking or is in between the signal and the receiver....
lol, admittedly, I thought the same at first, but then I thought about the fact that we don't have any issues with wifi or cellular signals, so why should this not work in range?

Mine worked fine btw with the apple leather case, 6+
 

DesertSilver

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Why would it? Your cellular and wifi are not effected by a case.
Maybe because NFC is designed to be short-range communication. It's right there in the name (near-field)... Do you have to keep your phone pressed onto a router to use wifi?

Yes, worrying that a case would affect NFC may not seem reasonable to you but NFC is not similar to wifi or cellular signal.
 

T-Will

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You also need to be sure you hold your iPhone correctly and not bridge any of the antenna gaps. :p
 

JWorld127

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I use an Apple leather case. I just wanted to be the first to discover a possible #nfcgate

hahahaha
 

Lloydbm41

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Thats going to be the big question. If users have to remove their phone from whatever case they have on it will add to the time to pay for things....i couldnt imagine an otterbox having to be removed to use Apple Pay.
Those of us that have been using Google Wallet for years can verify the following:
1. Leather and plastic cases do not effect NFC
2. Metal cases DO effect NFC. Any metal, no matter how thin. If it is in between the NFC chip and the terminal, it won't work.
3. Carbon fiber (real carbon fiber, not fake stuff) will block NFC.
4. Carbon Kevlar does NOT effect NFC.

In other words, do not buy metal or real carbon fiber cases if you plan to use Apple Pay.