QR Codes are a decade old technology promising in its initial years. However, its slow growth is attributed to the friction of having an app to scan QR Codes. In 2017, when announced integrating QR Code scanning with native phone cameras, this technology experienced a resurgence. As we navigate COVID in 2020, QR Codes have grown to a degree where they are being used as an alternative to paper menus in most restaurants.
How to scan a QR Code with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
1. Scan QR Code on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with your camera
To scan a QR Code on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the native camera app, follow these steps –
Launch the Camera
Point it at a QR Code to scan
Click on the notification banner at the top of the screen – this is the information stored in the QR Code
If the QR Code contains any actionable data (contact number, email address, or an audio clip) tap on the banner to trigger the action or pull down the banner to reveal more information before you tap on it
2. Scan QR Code on iPhone via Control Center
Setting up the QR Code scanner on iPhone in the Control Center is far more convenient than using the camera every time. To add the built-in QR Code reader to the Control Center –
Go to Settings on your iPhone
Click on Control Center
Tap on Customize Controls
Under the More Controls tab, press on the ‘+’ next to the QR Code reader
Move the QR Code reader to any location you want on the Control Center using the hamburger icon next to it
To scan a QR Code on your iPhone from the Control Center,
Click on the QR Code reader icon in the Control Center
Point the camera near a QR Code to scan
The QR Code reader on the Control Panel allows you to scan a QR Code in low-light using the flashlight even if it is blurred.
This iPhone QR Code scanner is very powerful and fast, that can scan a QR Code within seconds, even if it is damaged or blurred (up to 30% damaged and inverted).
3. Scan QR Code on iPhone with Chrome
Now, scan a QR Code on your iPhone using Google Chrome with these simple steps –
Download Chrome from the App Store. If you already have Google Chrome on your iPhone, make sure to update it.
With your iPhone, 3D touch the Google Chrome app icon on the home screen
Now, click on Scan QR Code that will appear in the shortcut menu
Enable the app to access the camera. Tap on OK in the popup menu to scan a QR Code
NOTE: On devices that do not support 3D Touch, swipe down from the top of the Home Screen to access Spotlight. Now, type in QR Code in the search field. Google Chrome will prompt you with the option to scan a QR Code. Just tap on the app icon (Don’t forget to allow the app to access the Camera.)
4. Scan QR Code on iPhone from your camera roll
An iPhone and iPad are capable of scanning a QR Code from its photos via Google Lens. To scan a QR Code on your iPhone from your camera roll,
Download Google Photos from the App Store and grant access to your camera roll
Open an image containing a QR Code from Google Photos
Tap on the Google Lens icon in the native camera
Click on the dots that appear on the screen with the QR Code to view the notification banner
Tap on the link to view the triggered action
To scan a QR Code using the Google Assistant on your iPhone,
Open the Google Assistant on your iPhone
In the search bar, tap on the Google Lens icon next to the microphone icon
Allow Google to access your camera. Tap on Turn on the camera to use Lens option
Look for the Photos icon on the upper right part of the screen. Your Photo Library will appear
Tap the All Photos icon to select the photo that contains a QR Code you want to scan and tap on it
The notification banner will appear on the screen, click on it to be directed to the set action
NOTE 1: To scan a QR Code using Google Lens from your Google Assistant, pre-download the app.
NOTE 2: A QR Code can be scanned using the iPod Touch as well using the native camera app and via the Control Center. To scan a QR Code using the iPod Touch, simply follow the steps mentioned above.
5. Scan QR Code on iPhone with the Wallet app
The wallet app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are capable of scanning a QR Code.
To access the scanner on the wallet app,
Tap on the Wallet app and click on the “+” button at the top of the Passes section
Tap on Scan Code to Add a Pass
From here, you can scan QR Codes for coupons, tickets, boarding passes, and loyalty cards
However, the Wallet app only allows you to scan coupons, loyalty cards, and tickets. If you try scanning any other QR Code, you will receive an error message.
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