How to Scan a QR Code

QR codes are more relevant than ever. Follow this guide to learn how to scan a QR code on an iPhone and on an Android phone.

You’ve seen them everywhere—on menus, business cards, television, and even in airports. Thanks to COVID-19, the almighty quick response (QR) code has made a massive comeback (and for a good reason!). For the 85% of Americans that own a smartphone, QR codes are a simple and efficient way to share information in a contactless manner. But that begs the question, how does one scan a QR code? Follow this guide to learn everything you need to know about scanning a QR code on your iPhone or Android device.


Can you scan a QR code without an app?

Yes! On iPhones and most Android devices, you can scan a QR code with your phone’s native camera app, so you don’t need to download an additional app. However, if you have an older Android phone, you might need to download a QR code scanner app.


How do I scan a QR code with my iPhone?

Follow these steps to scan a QR code with your iPhone:

1. Open up your phone’s Camera app.

2. Aim it at the QR code.

3. Tap the notification that appears at the top of your screen.

Scan QR code on iPhone


How do I scan a QR code with my Android?

Follow these steps to scan a QR code with your Android:

1. Open up your phone’s Camera app.

2. Aim it at the QR code.

3. Tap the notification that appears at the bottom of your screen.

Scan QR code on Android



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