How to use an iPhone to get amiibo bin files – Explained Simply, No Jailbreak

This research is conducted courtesy of, the 24/7 amiibo fighting livestream on Twitch, and the SUAL Discord server. This method is a viable alternative to Tagmo.

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This page is in the process of being updated to introduce Amii. We are still working on incorporating Amii into its own guide.

You will need:

  • This app, on Apple Store, called NFC Tools
  • An iPhone that can run the NFC Tools app and has Apple Pay/NFC compatibility (typically works from iPhone 7/iOS 13 on up)

Please follow the screenshots and button press instructions. The button presses will be circled in light blue, and captions will be provided when necessary.

As more trainers make use of this app, we will have more troubleshooting options here! If you’re encountering an issue, try rebooting your phone. That’s solved most problems.

At this point, place the amiibo figure or tag you wish to make a backup of on the NFC touchpoint on your iPhone. It’s the same place you’d use Apple Pay, if anyone actually used Apple Pay.
For some reason, it’s not very helpful with the file names. Don’t get confused with what you’re scanning!
Now it’s time to save the file. Click the Save to Files button.
Once you get to this screen, name the file whatever you want and hit the save button.

Now we have to turn the .txt file into an actual .bin file to be used in tournaments. Go to You’ll see something like this:

From there, press “Choose file”, and select the .txt file you just downloaded. (In this case we’re using my Link.)

Press submit. A popup should appear asking you to download {filename}.bin. Hit Download and that will save your amiibo .bin to the downloads folder in the files app.

That’s it! You now have the bin file of your amiibo on your iPhone!