Xerox® VersaLink®and AltaLink®, Android and Near Field Communication (NFC)

Near field communication (NFC) enables devices to communicate with each other when they are 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) or closer to each other. You may have also heard NFC referred to a Tap-to-Pair. NFC can be used to obtain a network interface to establish a TCP/IP connection between your device and the printer / multifunction printer.

Currently the NFC feature is supported on the Xerox® VersaLink® printersXerox® AltaLink® printers and a few others. For instance the WorkCentre 3335/3345, Phaser 3330, Phaser 6510 and the WorkCentre 6515 have NFC available as an option when you purchase the NFC Enablement Kit. Please consult the machine specifications or the support pages to see if the feature is available on your printer. The Near field communications only supports Android based devices at this time.

After you enable NFC to print wirelessly install the Xerox Print Services plug-in on your Android device. You can get the plug-in through the Google Play store. Make sure that you enable NFC before you enable the Plug-in features.

Here are the quick instructions, straight from the online support, for enabling the NFC:

To enable NFC:

  1. In the Embedded Web Server, log in as a system administrator, then click Connectivity.
  2. In the Connections area, click NFC.
  3. To enable NFC, enable the toggle button.
  4. Click OK.

To configure the device to use plugins:

  1. Click System > Plug-in Settings.
  2. For Plug-in Feature, enable the toggle button.
  3. Click Close.

Note: For the new settings to take effect, restart your printer.

Here is a video that demonstrates how to configure NFC. There are no spoken words so read along on the screen and enjoy the cool jazz!!

See doesn’t that look easy! Give it a try and see if the NFC feature helps with your mobile workforce and their printing needs.

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  1. Richard Swaddle December 22, 2017 - Reply

    Has anyone had experience of NFC in a secure print management environment, i.e. Equitrac? This would appeal to HE especially students but only if the transactions were recorded in Equitrac.

    • Cheryl Otstott January 8, 2018 - Reply

      Hi Richard,
      Thank you for reading the At Your Service blog. You will need to contact support or post your question in the Xerox Community Support Forum. I do not have any information on NFC with a third party software.

  2. Philip November 15, 2018 - Reply

    When using NFC, what is the authentication method being used and how quickly does the printer de-authenticate? Is there any chance that a user printing from Google Drive might risk having his documents made available to another user who has access to the printer?
    Thank you!

    • Cheryl Otstott December 6, 2018 - Reply

      Hi Philip,
      Thank you for reading the At Your Service blog. Please take a look at page 3-9 in the Information Assurance Disclosure and Statement of Volatility for the VersaLink for information on the NFC security. I was unable to find the authentication method. As for access by others, users need to make sure they select exit or log-off after printing to make sure their access is ended. Please contact your local support centre for further information on the NFC feature.

  3. Bob January 22, 2019 - Reply

    How do i set the number of rings before the fax answers the phone? in installed the WorkCentre 6515 and someone calls me it only rings 1 time and then the fax answers. This is a problem. Please HELP

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