Desktop App: Encode NFC Tags

The Encode NFC Tags Operation is an operation featured in the GoToTags Desktop App used for encoding NFC tags using encoding data. The resulting encoded tag data can be saved and exported for future use. This operation is not meant for correlating encoding data with specific physical tags.


The Encode NFC Tags operation has the following prerequisites:

  • Have at least one supported NFC reader plugged in
  • Have at least one NFC tag that is supported by the app and the corresponding NFC reader
  • Only one NFC tag is placed on an NFC reader at a time
  • NFC tags are not write-locked


To use the Encode NFC Tags operation, use the following workflow:


The following is the process to set up the operation:

  1. Create or open an Encode NFC Tags operation file
  2. Create an NFC encoding file
  3. Import the NFC encoding file
  4. Ensure an NFC reader is plugged in and selected
  5. Either select an NFC chip type or use the chip-type detector

Once setup is complete, start encoding tags:

  1. Click the “Start Encoding” button
  2. Place an NFC tag on the NFC reader
  3. Once the tag is encoded and the next row is highlighted, place the next tag on the reader
  4. Continue placing and removing tags until complete
gototags encode nfc
Export Data

When encoding is paused or stopped, the operation state will automatically be saved to the operation file which can be reopened in the app at any time. This data can also be exported to different formats such as CSV, TSV and TXT. Exported data cannot be reopened in the app and is meant for user readability. To export the tag data:

  1. Ensure tag reading is paused or stopped
  2. Click the “Export Tags” Button
  3. Select the location and format to export the data to
gototags export nfc


During NFC tag encoding, errors may occur for several reasons but are most common when NFC tags are moved away from the reader too quickly. When an error is received for a known reason, the row in the operation will flash red. As long as the NFC tag is not corrupted, encoding may be reattempted. If the NFC tag continues to produce errors and cannot be encoded, the row of data can be skipped by right-clicking it and clicking “Mark Bad Tag”. Errors will also occur if a previously encoded tag is placed on the reader again. In this case, the row for this tag will be highlighted in red until the tag is removed.

If you believe you have encountered an unexpected problem with the app, submit a bug report.