Scan a QR code on android

Today’s era is all based on digital marketing. And the bar code is a great evolution of this era to directly connect yourself with your customers, use marketing strategy, connect product information with bar code, and lots more.

The QR code has simplified life to a great extent for the consumers as well producers. Nowadays, you can simply scan QR codes for knowing about the description of the products or any query related to the desired product.

QR code is a two-dimensional bar code, which opens up a link, can send SMS for businesses, provide product descriptions, helps in making payment, and lots more when scanned. The QR code has become the one-stop solution for marketers and advertisers with ease in delivering the information about their businesses to the users with one scan.

The scanning process depends on your type of phone. You can simply scan a QR code by opening a camera for some android models while some other models of smartphones require you to download a third-party app for scanning QR codes.

Here you can get a complete guide on scanning QR codes on android phones. First, you have to know that if your Android phone camera can automatically scan QR codes or not, and for this, you have to follow some simple steps:

  • First, open up your camera app and point it towards the QR code that you want to scan
  • If scanning is enabled, a notification on your android phone will pop up
  • You can simply go to the settings of your mobile phone and search for QR codes but if the option is not available, unfortunately, you can’t scan QR codes without a third-party app.
  • There is a myriad of third-party apps for scanning bar codes. You can directly install them from the google play store.

How to scan a QR code on Android:

The Android 7 and below 7 except android version 6 are not facilitated with an in-built QR code scanner meaning you have to thrive for some third-party apps for scanning bar codes.

The android versions like 6 and 8.0,9.0,10.0 use several steps for scanning. Let’s compile the different steps together:

  1. Android 6 version

 If you are using Android 6 then you can simply scan the QR codes with the in-built feature “Now on Tap” that directly scans the QR code. You can follow the steps below for scanning with “Now on tap”

  • Firstly, install the Google app
  • Then open it and choose enable now option
  • Further, go to “Settings”>“Screen search”
  • Now by enabling the topmost toggle ask Google to show you info on your home screen
  • Once done, hold down the “Home button” to start “Now on Tap” for scanning the QR code
  1. Android 8.0,9.0 and 10.0 versions

If you have Android version 8 or later, then you have many options to choose from to scan QR code:

Google screen search:

 For scanning QR codes with Google Screen search, follow some simple steps

  1. Firstly, hold your camera at the QR code
  2. Then hold the Home button down and then swipe up for getting options at the bottom
  3. Further, go to What’s on my screen?
  4. Finally, the short URL will appear which is connected to the QR code

Google Lens In the Assistant:

 This is the simplest method to scan a QR code on Android without an app. And by following some simple steps you can scan a QR code-

  1. Firstly, Hold the Home button down so that Assistant will appear
  2. In some version, the lens button will appear automatically but if it doesn’t appear, you can simply click on the row of dots available at the bottom, and you will see lens button appears on the left-hand side
  3. And don’t forget to check the enable option for the lens if you have not used this method before for scanning.
  4. Lastly, with enabling the lens button to use the camera, direct your phone towards the QR code, it will scan the code.

Important Note:

The above methods can be used to scan a QR code on Android versions which have in-built google lens and google screen search options. The android version which has not facilitated these options can use a third-party app for scanning QR codes.

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