I have a problem with sharing files between my Galaxy S2 phone and a Sony Vaio model SVF1521DCXW with NFC support1. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop version and I don't have any idea how can I use NFC to send a single photo to my PC. When I enable NFC on my phone and put it on the NFC sign on my laptop nothing happens.

I also enabled NFC on my Ubuntu machine, and I see my NFC is ON in Ubuntu. As it is usually done between Android devices, I've held my S2 back-to-back on the Vaio while running Ubuntu and Win8. I hear a sound on my Win8 and it opens a url on chrome browser – but I get nothing to transfer.

1: To be clear: both devices have NFC support, see the specs at GSMArena for the S2 and at Sony for the Vaio.

  • Can you elaborate a little more on the Ubuntu part? I guess "put on NFC sign on my laptop" refers to some NFC tag, but I'm not sure. I've not heard NFC supported directly by some PC/laptop, so how should the actual transfer be accomplished? Are both devices connected to the same network (WiFi), so NFC should just trigger the transfer? Maybe you can edit your question and explain your intended workflow? E.g. "select a photo in the gallery app, hold my phone to the NFC tag, and the photo gets copied to the /home/peter/Photos folder"?
    – Izzy
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 9:24
  • @Izzy Hi, Yes I mean when I turned on my NFC on my phone with android 4.2 gelibean in it and then I don't know what do I have to do that I can able transfer the photo to my pc. When I select share icon (a shape like "<:") I don't see any NFC share capability, And without doing any thing (just turning on NFC on phone) I putted it on NFC tag on my laptop and nothing transfer or I don't hear any sound. I also enabled NFC on my Ubuntu by rfkill unblock all and I see my NFC is ON in Ubuntu. But sir Izzy I don't know about same network. Does that need in NFC transfer.
    – user79038
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 18:49
  • ... Here it is my laptop spec Please add my @KasiyA link before your comments because I don't receive any flag for your response on this question thank you for helping in advance.
    – user79038
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 18:49
  • @KasiyA NFC is normally used for the "handshake" only, while the file exchange itself is done with other means (either Bluetooth, or WiFi Direct). That's how it's done between two Android devices: hold them back-to-back, tap the "object" to-be-transferred, and the other device receives it. You'll probably need nfctool or libnfc on the Ubuntu-End; as I've not played with that, I cannot give any advice, sorry.
    – Izzy
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 7:06
  • @Izzy I also did that(back to back) on Ubuntu and I did also on windows 8. I hear a sound on my Win8 and it opens a url on chrome browser but I get nothing to transfer. Thank you for suggest tools I will try with them.
    – user79038
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 7:10

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You can try Airdroid as it available even for Ubuntu OS. It is one of the easiest way to transfer from PC to mobile or vice versa.

Go to Google Store and look for Airdroid and have it in your mobile. On browser type - http://web.airdroid.com Put in your user name and pass -> Boom you will have complete control of your mobile from your system.

If you like to know Airdroid's feature then you can check this out - Airdroid Features

  • Full disclosure is required when promoting an app or post in which you are involved. Self promotion is fine as long as it is relevant and you disclose your involvement with the linked content.
    – Stephen S
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 0:31
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    In general I agree, with the stipulation that it has to actually answer the question. The question here wasn't "how can I transfer files between my S2 and my Vaio?", it's specifically about using NFC. If someone asks how to get a specific feature to work, then I think an answer that says "never mind that feature, try my app that accomplishes what you're trying to do in a different way" is just spam.
    – Adi Inbar
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 20:31
  • Perhaps the OP is only interested in accomplishing the ultimate goal, but that can't just be assumed. If he asked about NFC, it may be that he's specifically interested in figuring out this particular feature, no just asking how to transfer files in general. Personally, if I asked a question about getting NFC to work, I'd be annoyed if someone answered "Forget about NFC, here's another way to transfer files..." Especially if the person were promoting his own app, as an answer to a bountied question, no less!
    – Adi Inbar
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 20:33

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