How to Scan a QR Code With Your iPhone or Android Phone Without an App


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Quick Response Codes, better known as QR Codes, are those pixelated squares you see in restaurants, advertisements, stores, food packaging, business cards, airline tickets, and more. Some developers would let you believe that you need to download their app to scan them. Spoiler: your phone can do this with built-in features.

Follow the maze

QR codes were originally created to track auto parts, but are now used for much more.

How many calories are in these fries? Where can you buy the outfit you see in an ad? How many miles can this car travel on a gallon of gasoline? A quick QR code scan can solve all of these questions and more. Think of this technology as a smart barcode.

QR codes existed long before smartphones, and your device can scan them right out of the box. Here’s how to use this useful feature without third-party software.

Use your phone’s native capabilities to avoid malware

Third-party scanning apps are popular, making them prime malware delivery systems. Hackers hide dangerous code in these useful apps, which can steal your money, hijack your personal information, or even take control of your device.

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How to Scan a QR Code With Your iPhone’s Camera App

Your iPhone’s built-in Camera app can scan QR codes, and it’s as easy as taking a photo. Here’s how:

• Open the Camera app and hold your iPhone so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder.

• Your phone should recognize the QR code and give you a notification.

• Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.

How to scan a QR code with your Android phone

Your Android phone’s camera can probably scan QR codes without using a third-party app. Here’s how:

• Open the Camera app and hold your Android phone so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder.

• Your phone should recognize the QR code and give you a notification.

• Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.

• If you are not warned, go to Settings and activate QR code scanning.

Use your Samsung Camera app

Samsung’s camera app comes with native support for QR code scanning. Here’s how:

• Open the Camera app and hold your Samsung phone so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder.

• Your phone should recognize the QR code and give you a notification.

• Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.

• If you are not warned, go to Settings and enable QR code scanning.

Use Google Lens

Google Lens started out as a feature in Pixel phones, but quickly became standard in many Android phones. The tool is part of your camera app and can do everything from identifying a dog breed to translating text. Here’s how to use it:

• Open your Camera app and press After > Google lens.

• You will now have a lens icon that you can use whenever you open your camera that can scan QR codes.

• You can also use Google Assistant to activate Google Lens. Say “OkGooglethen touch Google lens at the bottom right.

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Use Bixby

Samsung’s virtual assistant can help you learn about anything with a QR code. Here’s how:

• Launch your camera app and press Bixby vision.

• Then press Allow to enable permissions. Enable all contextual permissions.

• Scan and press Go to browse and view QR code content.

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