QR Code Scanner: Enable and Use QR Scanner in iPhone & iPad?

Last Updated: August 22, 2018

There is a built-in QR code scanner on iPhone. You can use this QR Code scan feature with iPhone camera. There is no third party app required to function this iPhone QR Code Scanner. Since this QR Code scanning is integrated with iOS, the scan features will work more efficiently. You can use this QR Code Scanner on iPhone to open a URL, Add new contact, send email, share WiFI Password, etc.

Let us see iPhone QR Code Scanner features and how to use the QR Code Camera Scanner for different applications. You need to have iOS 11 or latest versions to get this built-in QR code scan feature.

What is a QR Code?

QR code is a two-dimensional barcode, that can carry more information than a barcode. QR Codes are small in size, (better to be more than 1cmx1cm) and can be printed on business cards, packages, books, etc. It can carry a few hundred to thousand bytes of information based on the size (WiKi link).

How to Enable QR Code Scanner on iPhone?

QR Code Scanner is built with iOS, and you can quickly enable with iPhone. There is no dedicated iOS app for this. You can enable Scan QR Code feature on iPhone Control Center and access from there to scan QR Codes.

Enable iPhone QR Code Camera

You can get the iPhone or iPad Control Center to drag the QR Code scanner for quick access.

  1. Go to iPhone Settings.
  2. Tap on Control Center.
  3. Head to Customize Controls.
  4. Drag to include “Scan QR Code” to appear on iOS Control Center.
  5. Now open “Control Center” from iPhone Home Screen.
  6. Make sure you have iOS QR Scanner icon on Control Center.

How to Scan a QR Code with iPhone?

You can scan a QR code directly from your iPhone camera. Tap on the iPhone QR Scanner from the control center when you want to any QR Codes.

iPhone QR Code Camera

For the first time, the iPhone may ask you the camera permission and a small introduction screen like below. Tap on Continue to proceed with iPhone camera to scan QR Code. And for all the time, follow the steps to scan a QR Code with iPhone and iPad.

  1. Tap on Scan QR Code icon from Control Panel.
  2. This will open the iPhone camera.

We found that the iPhone camera will auto-detect the QR Code when you open the camera directly. You don’t need to tap on “Scan QR Code” icon to activate this feature. You can do the following steps to scan the QR code with the camera.

  1. Open iOS Camera App on iPhone or iPad.
  2. Point the device camera to the QR code to scan.
  3. Do not tap on Camera Shutter button
  4. Let iPhone Camera scan the QR code (You can see a yellow corner bracket around the QR Code while scanning QR Code).
  5. iPhone will bring up a Notification message depends on QR Code.
  6. Tap on the Notification message to proceed with the action.

Please keep the phone in a comfortable distance and let the iPhone camera to focus and scan the QR Code.

What can iPhone do with QR Code Camera Scanner?

Well, depends on the QR Code and what write in there, the iPhone can open a URL, or go to iTunes for an app, add a contact into the phone contacts, scan the price of an item or open a website in Safari. The actions are based on the QR Code content. Basically, iPhone can open pretty much of the apps to add content or take an action based on the QR content. Lets us see few examples that can do iPhone. These will be useful in your daily life and save time while using these QR Codes.

How to Add Contacts to iPhone with QR Code?

We have created a QR code with the First Name, Last Name, Phone Number and Home Page to test with iPhone Camera QR Scanner.

QR Code to Add Contacts iPhone

You can see from the screenshot when you point out the camera to the QR Code, iPhone will pop-up a message on the notification area. This will ask to add the contact into the iPhone contact list. Once you tap on it, iPhone will create a new contact in the contact list from the data read from QR Code.

How to Message from iPhone with QR Code?

When you want to compose the same message multiple times or send a template to multiple numbers (not group message), you can use this trick. We can create a QR Code to send a message to a particular number. You have to input the number and the Message content when creating the QR Code.

QR Code to Message iPhone

As we see before, the iPhone will bring a message on notification area ask to “Compose a message to the given number”. Once you tap on it, iPhone will open the default Message app and automatically enter the message and phone number that you used to create QR Code.

How to Join iPhone on WiFi with QR Code?

Well, you don’t have to share your WiFi password to your friend son next party. Instead, create a QR Code for WiFi password and let them scan the QR Code to join your WiFi network.

iPhone WiFi QR Code

iPhone will bring up a popup message on the Notification area to join on the WiFi network. Tap on the notification and the next pop-up screen will confirm to join the WiFi network. There is step by step guide to explain this method to share WiFi network with QR Code on iPhone.

Editor’s Note: This will not reveal the WiFi passcode to other users if they are using iPhone built-in QR Code scanner. But if the user chose a third party QR Code Scanner apps, the password may display in a plain text. To be safe, use iPhones’ built-in feature to share WiFi network.

How to Open a Website on iPhone with QR Code?

When you want to share your website URL for business purpose or with your business card, you can use the QR Code. QR Codes are more convenient to open the website rather than typing the website URL on iPhone or iPad.

QR Code to Website iPhone

Once you scan the QR code created for the website, iPhone will show Notification Message to open the website URL in the Notification area. Just tap on this notification area, to proceed to open the website. iPhone will open the website on Safari or default browser of the iPhone.

How to Scan QR Code to add Pass on iPhone Wallet?

When you want to add a boarding pass or admission ticket, you can add those in your iPhone Wallet Apps and keep in digital format.

Scan QR Code for iPhone Wallet

Apple allows to scan QR code of these boarding passes or other doc and add to the wallet. To add pass on iPhone Wallet, follow the steps;

  1. Open the Wallet app on iPhone (open iPhone search and type “Wallet“).
  2. Scroll down on Wallet App to get “Edit Passes”.
  3. Tap on “Edit Passes”.
  4. Tap on “Scan Code” and scan QR Code from the pass.

This steps will add the pass to iPhone Wallet and you can open the pass whenever you want from iPhone “Wallet” app.

This iPhone QR Code Scanner feature is pretty handy to automate some actions like open a website, add contacts, add a pass to iPhone Wallet etc. There is no need to use any third party app, simply open iPhone camera and scan the QR Code to use QR Code Camera on iPhone and iPad.

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