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How to Scan a QR Code on Your iPhone

qr-code-iPhone-tricksQR Codes are those (typically) black and white markers made up of a bunch of white and black pixels, which are used to link to an app or website or even transmit contact information through your smartphone camera. Here’s a guide on how to scan a QR code with iPhone. Once you know how to do it, you will probably want to give the one on the top of our page a try and see where it leads!

Information is encoded through the location of those black and white regions on the image and can basically contain anything, but they are often used to make the manual entry of URLs and such far more comfortable. The Japanese invented QR codes in 1994, by the way. You can scan them from almost any surface, be it a store window sticker or a magazine. Scanning a QR code will trigger the corresponding action on your device.

QR Code iPhone features

Perhaps you’ve seen one of those around and you wondered what on earth they actually do. Well, here’s a list of possible QR code uses and scenarios:

  • Opening a webpage
  • Receiving Vcard contact data, such as phone numbers and adresses
  • Displaying predefined static text
  • Sending a predefined email message
  • Sending a predefined text message
  • Playing an MP3 music file
  • Displaying an image gallery
  • Visiting a link to an App Store page
  • and many more…

By default, your iPhone won’t really know what to do with a standard QR Code. The standard “Camera” app by Apple does not react to those codes in the same way an Android phone would. Instead, we need the right tool for the job: A QR code scanner app for iOS.

Download a QR Code scanner for iPhone

We recommend the free and awesome “Scanbot” app for this job. You can download it from the official iTunes App Store by following the link below:

The app is ready on iOS 9 and works on all current devices. You can not only scan QR codes with it, but also digitize your documents or view the content of regular bar codes. It also supports OCR (text recognition) as a pro upgrade which is purchaseable via IAP.

How to scan a QR code on iPhone

To scan a QR code, open the “Scanbot” app by tapping the icon on your iPhone Home Screen and go through the initial greeting screens. The app should now display a live feed from your iPhone camera. Point it at a QR code to automatically scan it and the “Scanbot” app will show to you the relevant content like so:

how to scan qr code with iPhone

Try scanning our screenshot above or the QR code image at the very top of this article, they should take you to the latest and greatest iPhone 6s wallpapers which you can download and apply to your device. Tapping “Open in Safari” will take you to the link in your web browser. Enjoy!