Editor’s Note: This blog has been updated to display the latest information as of July 23, 2019.
The 2017’s iOS 11 update added the native capability to all iPhones allowing them to scan QR codes and just in time because 2019 is the year of QR codes. From delivering discounts to allowing consumers to listen to their favorite Spotify playlist while they shop, QR codes are ubiquitous and businesses and marketers alike have begun to run entire campaigns based on this cost-effective QR code technology.
What are QR codes? – Quick Recap
QR codes are 2-dimensional barcodes that when scanned open up a link, add contacts, send SMSes, make calls among other things.
Yes. Just like iPhones, Android 9 (Android Pie) has an in-built QR code reader. Even the Android 8 or Oreo does not need an app to scan QR codes.
How do I scan QR codes without an app on Android?
Point your device for a couple of seconds at the QR code. If a notification pops up, then your Android smartphone can natively scan QR codes. If this doesn’t happen, you need a third-party QR code reader app to scan QR codes. Keep reading to find out how to scan QR codes on Android phones. null
Android 9 has an in-built QR code scanner courtesy of Google Lens. Consumers have to open their camera app and point it at the QR code and see a URL pop-up.
Activating Google Lens
To activate Google Lens suggestions, open the camera app and click on more. Open Settings and activate Google Lens suggestions.
SCAN QR CODES WITH ANDROID 8 (Android OREO)
1. Google Screen Search: Google Screen Search allows consumers to scan QR codes without an app instantly. All one has to do is point their camera at the QR code, long press the Home button and click on ‘What’s on my screen?’ The QR code link will be available for consumers to open.
Android smartphones with Android 7.0 and below require an app to scan QR codes. After downloading the app, all QR codes can be scanned instantaneously. Since a lot of apps use QR codes within the app to perform a function like payments or scanning a product to get more information, consumers are already aware of how to operate a QR code scanner app.
What are the best QR code scanner apps for Android in 2019?
According to our research, these 5 free QR code reader apps for Android are perfect for older Android versions.
How to scan QR codes with Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+
An OTA update will allow users of Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ to start using their camera to scan QR codes. No third-party app is required anymore. Here’s how to start scanning QR codes:
Go to Camera Settings
Toggle the feature “Scan QR Codes”
How to scan QR codes with Samsung Galaxy S9
A recent June 2019 security update has made it possible for Galaxy S9 users to scan QR codes right from their camera by toggling a button which says ‘Scan QR Codes’. Now Samsung Galaxy S9 users can simply point the camera at a QR code and the associated link will pop up. There is no need for Bixby Vision or any other third-party apps. This update has not been rolled out to Samsung’s flagship phones. [Some phones have started receiving this update]
For Vivo smartphones with Android 8 and above, you can use the Google Lens on your camera. There is also an in-built scanner on some Vivo smartphones on the Notification Panel and Smart Launcher Screen.
How to scan QR codes with Pixel 2 XL?
Simply open the camera and point it at a QR code. The Pixel 2 XL can natively scan QR codes just like iPhones. The associated link pops up on the screen which acts as a prompt for the user.
What happens when you scan QR codes?
When consumers scan QR codes, a number of things can occur. Businesses can use QR codes to deliver coupons, product information, and deals or use it to ask shoppers to leave reviews, feedback and follow them on social media.
Typically, QR codes found in magazines can be scanned from at least 10 inches away and the QR codes found on billboards can be scanned from 2 meters away. The relationship between the scan distance and the minimum QR code size should be 10:1. A 2.5 cm QR code can be scanned from 250 mm or 10 inches away.
How do I keep a QR code on my phone?
Once you create a free QR code on the QR code generator, you can save the QR code on your phone. If you are using QR codes on Facebook, Snapchat or LinkedIn, you can save it as an image on your phone or share it so that other people can add you on that particular network.
How do you use QR codes?
Apart from useful information about a certain product, QR codes are also used on GMO labeling in the US as well as for proximity marketing. Businesses can leverage QR codes to attract new visitors by allowing them to scan and get navigation details or paste them on flyers and deliver rewards and discounts.
Phishing or malicious software being downloaded through QR codes is rare but it is a slim possibility. Only scan QR codes that specify the action or what you can expect once you scan them or see that the URL slug is from a credible source like Beaconstac (tapnscan.me/).