Windows App End of Life

The GoToTags Windows App is being deprecated in 2023 and replaced with the GoToTags Desktop App. The Windows App was initially created in 2011 and has been used by 10s of thousands of users and interacted with 100M+ NFC tags. Like all software, it rusts over time and needs to be replaced. The Desktop App is brand new; built on the deep technical learnings from the Windows App but with greatly improved features, support for all major desktop operating systems (macOS, Linux and Windows) and support for technologies beyond NFC including barcodes and UHF RFID. It is also integrated with our hardware and localized into several languages. Previous versions of the Windows App are not available for download.

The Windows App will not be shutdown completely until the Desktop App has reached feature parity.

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Deprecated Features

The Windows App deprecation process is happening over time as the Desktop App reaches and surpasses feature parity. Warnings will be shown in the app for features or usage patterns that are actively being deprecated.

  • May 2023: Links to the Windows App page removed from GoToTags website. Direct links and/or search engine listings will continue. Initial set of in-app deprecation warnings.
  • July 2023: Start removing the ability to encode, erase and format NFC tags. If working with a small number of NFC tags, the Desktop App’s Tag Tools operation is the replacement. For encoding larger quantities of NFC tags, the Encoder is the replacement until the Desktop App replaces those features as well.
  • Late July/August 2023: The Desktop App will implement an Actions operation; the ability for the app to take an action in response to a tag being interacted with (open URL in browser…). At this point, all features will have been deprecated and the Windows App will no longer be available for new users to download.
  • Fall 2023: All instances of the Windows App will stop working.

Specific dates will be defined as they are known and communicated via our email mailing list and social media channels.


Previously installed versions will stop working in the future at a time determined by GoToTags with no ability for the user to override. All users of the Windows App should start the migration process to the Desktop App now. Any requested new features for the Deskop App can submitted via our feedback methods.