Method 1: Using the share feature on Google Chrome
1: In the browser window, open the URL that you want to create a QR Code for, and click the share button
2: Click ‘create a QR Code’, which instantly generates a static QR Code
3: Download the QR Code
Your QR Code is ready for use.
Method 2: Using Beaconstac’s QR Code creator
With Beaconstac, you aren’t limited to just sharing a website via a QR Code. You can generate a QR Code and share links, images, files etc. To get started, open the Beaconstac dashboard on Google Chrome. If you don’t have access to the dashboard, sign up for our 14 day free trial.
1: In the dashboard, click ‘+Create’
2: Choose the campaign of your choice. Here let’s go with ‘Website’
3: Choose an article of your choice, copy the URL, and paste it into the given field
4: Customize your QR Code and add a frame
5: Download it in the format of your choice
Static or dynamic: Which is better for creating a QR Code on Google Chrome?
Creating a QR Code using the share feature on Google Chrome restricts you to static QR Codes fit for a one-time use case. You can generate static QR Codes using the share feature, as well as on Beaconstac.
But if you need to:
Create a QR Code for any other file format
Create multiple QR Codes
Edit the content that the QR Code leads to
Then, static Google Chrome QR Codes won’t make the cut.
Your best bet is to create a dynamic QR Code on Beaconstac. With this option, you can modify the content as well as the QR Code depending on your use case.
Dynamic QR Codes allow you to:
Create a QR Code from different file formats
Bulk generate QR Codes
Edit the destination URL or content
Customize the QR Code
Track scans, device used, and engagement metrics
You do not have to reprint or reshare a new QR Code to do this. These are the features that allow dynamic QR Codes to have an upper hand over static QR Codes generated using the share option.
Best practices to create a QR Code on Google Chrome
Now that you know how to create a QR Code on Google Chrome with the extension and using Beaconstac- it’s important to revisit this checklist prior to sharing your QR Code.
Here are some best practices we recommend:
Choose Beaconstac’s dynamic QR Codes over static Google Chrome QR Codes
Given the ease of sharing that QR Codes offer, they are now integrated into browsers and extensions.
With dynamic QR Codes, you go a step ahead. You can also customize the QR Code, choose from templates, edit, and track how your QR Code is performing.
Additionally, Beaconstac is SOC® 2 Type 2 and GDPR-compliant. This translates to your QR Codes and recipients’ scans being safe from security compromises at all times.
You can try these features out for yourself by starting out with our 14-day free trial.
Frequently asked questions
1. Can I create a QR Code using Google?
You can only create a QR Code using the share feature on Google Chrome, their browser. You can easily convert a website to a QR Code. But for any other file formats, URLs or images, you cannot use this option to create a QR Code. You would have to choose a QR Code generator to create QR Codes for multimedia formats.
2. Is Google QR Code generator free?
Google does not have a QR Code generator. Infact, it is just a feature to convert a URL to QR Code under the sharing option in Google Chrome. This is free, but It doesnt allow you to convert any other file to a QR Code.
3. How long do Chrome QR Codes last?
Chrome QR Codes are static, and last forever. But, they are only permanent until the website that they lead to still exists. If the website has a 404 error, the QR Code may be non-useable as it leads the user to a 404 error page.
4. Is there any way to remove dinosaur from Google QR Code?
You cannot remove dinosaur from Google QR Code as it is its brand logo. If you want to generate a plain or custom QR Code without the dinosaur logo, you can try out a free QR Code generator like Beaconstac.
Navya is an ardent writer focusing on the benefits of QR Codes for businesses. She has been writing about QR Code topics into action oriented guides since 2019. Presently, she helps people understand the benefits of paid QR Code solutions as a powerful marketing tool. To know more about her work around QR Codes, click here.