Quick Response (QR) codes let you quickly access a website, download an app, send text messages, import a contact, and more. All you have to do is scan them with your smartphone camera to get access to this helpful feature.
You can use the Camera app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to scan a QR code without the need to install third-party apps. The QR code reader on the iPhone is so strong that any QR code can be scanned even when damaged. It is thanks to the QR code’s structure data keys that allow up to 30% of the code structure to take damage without affecting its readability on scanners.
How to Scan QR code on iPhone with your camera
Step 1. Launch the Camera app.
Step 2. Point your iPhone at a QR code and hold your device so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder in the Camera app.
Step 3. Your device recognizes the QR code and displays a notification at the top of the screen.
Step 4. Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.
Depending on the type of QR code scanned, you will be prompted with a different action. For example, Url QR code will give the option to open the link with Safari, while Email QR code will allow you to send an email to someone.
Note: if you do not see a notification popup, you will need to follow the steps below to enable QR code in your Settings.
How to Scan QR code via Control Center
You can also add a built-in QR Code Scanner to your Control Center. This dedicated Code Scanner is far more convenient than using the camera every time. To add this built-in Code Scanner to the Control Center:
Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Scroll down until you see the Control Center listed and select it.
Step 3. On the Control Center page, scroll down and tap Code Scanner under the More Controls section.
Now when you open your Control Center, you can see a small button that looks like a QR code. Tap that button whenever you’d like to scan a QR code, the Code Scanner allows you to scan a QR code in dark environments using the flashlight even if it is blurred.
How to Enable QR code scanning on iPhone or iPad
This feature is enabled by default on all iOS devices. But if for some reason your camera doesn’t read QR codes, follow these instructions:
Step 1. Open the Settings app from your home screen.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap on Camera.
Step 3. On the Camera page, search for Scan QR Codes and swipe the button to the right to enable your camera to scan QR codes.
Of course, you can also disable this feature at any time you want.