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How to scan a QR code on your smartphone without using any apps

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Quick response codes, otherwise known as QR codes, are those dotted boxes you see on restaurants, advertisements, stores, food packaging, business cards, airline tickets – you name it. Some developers might lead you to believe that you need to download their apps to scan them. Spoiler: Your phone can do this with built-in features.

Follow the maze

QR codes were initially created for tracking auto parts, but they are now used for so much more.

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

QR codes have been around 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, which makes them major delivery systems for malware. Hackers hide dangerous code in these useful apps, which can steal your money, steal your personal information, or even take over your device.

How to scan a QR code using your iPhone’s camera app

The iPhone’s built-in camera app can scan QR codes, which is as easy as taking a photo. Here’s how:

● Open the Camera app and hold the iPhone, until 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 an Android phone

Your Android phone’s camera will likely be able to scan QR codes without using a third-party app. Here’s how:

● Open the Camera app and hold the Android phone until a 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 notified, go to settings and enable 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 the Samsung phone until a 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 notified, go to settings and enable QR code scanning.

Use Google Lens

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

● Open the Camera app and tap More > Google Lens.

● You will now have a Lens icon that you can use whenever you open your camera, and it can scan QR codes.

● You can also use the Google Assistant to activate Google Lens. Say “OK Google,” then tap Google Lens at the bottom left.

Use Bixby

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

● Launch your camera application and tap Bixby Vision.

● Then click “Allow” to enable the permissions. Enable all popup permissions.

● Scan and tap Go to scroll to view the QR code content.

Although convenient and fun, scanning a QR code can expose you to malware and scams. Tap or click Here for tips on what to look for.

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