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How to scan a QR code on Android

Knowing how to scan a QR code on Android has become a crucial skill over the past 18 months with many restaurants, parking lots and other places adopting code blocks. Why? Because it’s an easy method to link customers to a website or app without forcing them to enter a long URL.

QR codes gained a lot of attention more than a decade ago when smartphones rose to prominence, but until recent years they had never been successful. If you have any memories of frustrating interactions with them over a year ago, don’t worry, it’s a much easier process now, no matter which Android phone you own.

How to scan a QR code on Android with the camera app (Android 9 or later)

Modern Android phones usually allow you to scan a QR code directly from the built-in camera app. This ability has been one of the biggest turning points for QR code adoption, as it removed the extra step of finding and installing a separate QR code scanner. If your Android phone is running Android 9 or later, you can follow these instructions to scan a QR code.

  • Open the Camera app.
  • Line up your camera with the QR code until it is sharp.
    • On OnePlus phones, press the Google Goal button to the left of the shutter.
  • Tap the URL that appears on your screen.

That’s it! The QR code should have taken you to the appropriate website or app. If you’re having trouble with the QR code triggering automatically on a Pixel, you can also use the dedicated Google Lens mode in the camera.

How to scan a QR code on Android - Using Microsoft Edge

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How to scan a QR code on Android with a separate app (Android 8 or earlier)

Samsung and other manufacturers introduced QR code readers before they became part of Android, but if you have a phone running Android 8 or earlier, you might need an app to scan. QR codes.

While there are thousands of QR code scanner apps in Google Play, I would recommend sticking to one of the many mobile browsers that offer a QR code scanner because I have more confidence in the security of these applications. Some popular options to consider are Mozilla Firefox Where Microsoft Edge.

How to scan a QR code with Mozilla Firefox:

  • Open Mozilla Firefox.
  • Press the search bar.
  • Press the To analyse button.
    • The first time, you may need to allow Firefox to take photos and record videos.
  • Line up your camera with the QR code until it is sharp.
  • Click on To allow when prompted.

How to scan a QR code with Microsoft Edge:

  • Open Microsoft Edge.
  • Press the camera icon in the search bar.
    • The first time around, you may need to grant Edge permission to take photos and record videos.
  • To select Barcode at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Line up your camera with the QR code until it is sharp.
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