UPDATE: This was fixed in the 4.3 update that came out for my phone lately. No need to think about it anymore, also I can't give any further details.

I have a quite new Samsung Galaxy S3 4G (GT-I9305). It is running an unmodified & unrooted version of Android 4.1.2. It works mostly perfectly fine, but there is a slight problem with NFC.

I have edited the buttons visible in the notification center. I have added the NFC switch to the buttons. My problem is, the button is not working. It is disabled, and has no green/gray indicator.

disabled NFC button

However, when I tap the S Beam button S Beam and NFC get enabled.

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After this, if I tap NFC with S Beam either enabled or disabled, System UI crashes. When the UI reappears the buttons are as before tapping NFC, but now I can successfully turn off NFC, and also turn it on and off again. Restarting the phone brings the problem back again.

Another way to get NFC turned on while the button is disabled is to go to Settings > More Settings and turn NFC on. This also turns NFC on in the notification center, but again, trying to turn it off causes System UI to crash.

What could be causing this behavior?

  • Have you tried a factory reset?
    – Scott Odle
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 19:41
  • @ScottOdle Not yet, as I'd like to keep my data. Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 19:45
  • It's probably your best bet to back up your data and do a factory reset.
    – Scott Odle
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 19:47
  • @ScottOdle Thanks. I will however probably not reset it because the problem is not worth the effort. My question here was what might be causing this, if anyone happened to know. Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 19:54
  • What happens if you change the button order?
    – Liam W
    Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 19:08

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This was fixed in the 4.3 update that came out for my phone lately. All done.

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