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PhyIDs are unique identification codes assigned to QR Codes, NFC Tags, and Physical Web Beacons. PhyIDs are managed in the Phy Platform to enable platform features like real-time updates; remote monitoring, scheduled redirects, batch editing and more.
Legacy solutions for managing QR codes, NFC tags, and Bluetooth beacons have been flawed because they typically started with URLs and ended with the thing or place to connect to be connected to the internet. Phy takes the opposite approach of starting with the thing or place, then associating a URL with that thing. This gives freedom to create, learn, adapt, and schedule experiences.
My PhyIDs page
When you sign into your account, you are automatically redirected to the My PhyIDs page. All of the PhyIDs for the QR Codes, NFC Tags, and Physical Web Beacons in your account are listed here. Click on any PhyID to perform the take the following actions:
- Turn it on or off
- Set a destination from the Library
- Create a new CoverCard
- Remove the PhyID from your account (you’ll receive a warning before this action completes)
- Sort PhyIDs into folders for easier organization (Professional Plans only)
You can also manage apps that use our Software Developer Kit (SDK). If you have the latest version of Xcode and can write programs in Swift, we have a few tutorials on integrating the SDK into an app. But before writing any code, read this first.
What follows are some basic actions you can take from the My PhyIDs page.
Adding PhyIDs to your account
You can create your own PhyIDs and manage them on the Phy Platform. Here’s how:
Step 1: Click the green “Add PhyIDs” button
Step 2: Select the kind of PhyID you want to create.
It can be either a QR code, an NFC tag or a Bluetooth beacon. You can add one PhyID at a time. Contact us directly to add more than one PhyID, or if you are on the free plan and want more than five total PhyIDs. Add as many as you need, but keep in mind that our plans bill monthly on a per PhyID basis.
Step 3: Click “Add PhyID”
The new PhyID will appear on your list. Check it out!
Batch edit (Professional Plans only)
Step 1: Select more than one PhyID
The batch editing button is disabled until you select at least two PhyIDs.
Step 2: Select the blue “Bulk actions” button
Make your edits to all of the PhyIDs you selected, all at once.
Clicking this button reveals a menu of options:
Edit PhyIDs: You can put all the same content onto all selected PhyIDs at once.
Turn visibility on or off: People who scan a turned-off QR code will get an error message. A turned off NFC tag simply won’t work. A turned-off beacon will be undiscoverable.
Schedule events: Create an event on selected codes, tags or beacons and activate it for a defined period of time.
Export to CSV: Use this export for creating reports from the selected PhyIDs.
Step 3: Don’t forget to save the actions when finished!