Guide to Scanning QR Codes

Overview

A QR Code, formally known as a Quick Response Code, is a special type of barcode that can be scanned to reveal information. They are very popular and found on many products from cereal and packaged goods to beverages and electronics. They are easily scanned with a smartphone and commonly render a website URL.

Scanning with Android Options

  • Download and install the free QR Code Reader app from Google Play. It free, fast and easy to use.
  • Download and install Free QR Scanner app from Google Play. It free, fast and easy to use.
  • Some Android devices have a built-in QR reader. Since this varies by manufacturer, a quick Google search that includes the device and version should yield some results. For example "galaxy s8 built-in qr code reader".

iPhone and iPad / iOS Options

  • Later versions of the iOS have a QR reader built in to the camera. Just take a picture of the QR code and the iPhone will do the rest.
  • The Chrome browser for iOS has a built-in QR reader. See screen shots below.
  • Download and install the QR Reader for iPhone app from the App Store.

Chrome for iOS QR Reader

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After opening Chrome for iOS:

  1. Tap the address bar which will display the keyboard.
  2. Click the button the right of the microphone to launch the camera and point it at the QR code. Note that it may be necessary to give Chrome access to the camera.
  3. After the QR code has been scanned, the URL will appear in the address bar. Click the blue Go button to access the web page.