How to scan QR codes on iPhone, Android and Samsung phones in seconds
LOTS of products, places and even websites now have QR codes that can be scanned for more information.
If you’re unsure how to do this on your particular smartphone then you can try following the steps below.
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Scanning QR codes on iPhone
Apple users can scan a QR code with their iPhone, iPad or iPod if it has a working camera.
First you need to open the Camera app.
Select the rear facing camera and hover your device over the QR code until it picks it up in the view finder.
Your device should recognise the QR code and a notification will pop up with the link to what the QR code wants to display.
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Scanning QR codes on Android
Smartphones with Android 9 software or even newer versions can also scan QR codes just by opening the camera and hovering it above the code.
This is because the software knows to automatically open the Google Lens’ QR scanner.
Google Lens can automatically detect the URL and show it to you.
You can also take a photo of a QR code and view it later by opening it in Google Photos and then clicking on the Google Lens icon.
Smartphones using Android 8 need to go to Google Assistant and click the lens icon that should be at the bottom of the screen.
The phone camera will open and you’ll need to point it in the direction of the QR code.
A link should appear or the QR code may be outlined, which means you’ll need to click on it to see some text.
If you’re using Android 7 or below you’ll need to download a QR code app and scan via that.
Scanning QR codes on Samsung
Samsung phones are, of course, Android phones so the process is pretty similar.
Samsung has put the functionality within its operating system so all you need to do is open the camera, point it at the QR code and the URL should appear in the viewfinder.
Just click on this to open the link.
QR codes that show text only will give you the option to import the message into the Samsung Notes app.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
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