How to Scan QR and Bar Codes on Android

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A QR Code (Quick Response code) is a two-dimensional barcode which can store encoded barcode data. The data is a link to the website, text, geo coordinates and URL links. And a barcode is a machine-readable code in the form of a number and a pattern of parallel lines of varying widths printed on a commodity and is used for stock control. In today’s world, everything is digitalized. There are QR and Barcodes everywhere. They can be seen on flyers, packaging of products, posters and so on. Since they are found everywhere it is the smart choice to keep an app handy. And if you are wondering how to do it or which app to use then you have found the right post for yourself. In this post, we are going to show you how to scan QR and Barcodes for Android.

How to Scan QR Codes on Android

1. Using your camera:

  • Open the camera app on your device.
  • Hold your device steady for 2-3 seconds towards the QR code you want to scan.
  • Click on the notification to the content of the QR code.
  • Your code will be scanned easily.

2. Using an App:

We are using the ‘Lightning QR Code Scanner’ app here. It is the best app and also easy to use.

  • Go to the Google Play store and search for ” Lightning QR Code Scanner” or download it from here.
  • Download and launch the app.
  • Allow the app access to your camera.
  • Point your camera towards the QR code and it will automatically scan it.
  • Then it will show you the data encoded.

Other features of the app are:

  1. Robust decoding rate.
  2. Take appropriate action.
  3. You can export all link via email or reuse the link.
  4. There is also a flashlight inside the app.

There are also a few apps that you might already have and you don’t know can help you out.

1. Snapchat

Snapchat is a widely used and loved photo app that you can also use to read QR codes. You have to just point the camera towards the QR code, then tap and hold the screen to open the link.

2. Shazam

This music recognizing app which is widely popular. Shazam also helps you to scan QR codes for interactive content, special offers and ability to purchase items.

How to scan Barcodes on your Android phone?

How to Scan QR and Bar Codes on Android

Here we are using the ‘ Barcode Scanner’ app to scan barcodes on your phone. It is the best app out there for scanning barcodes.

  • Go to the Google Play store.
  • Search for “barcode scanner” and download it or download it from here.
  • Open the app and click on ‘Scan QR and Barcode’.
  • Point your camera at the barcode.
  • Hold the device steady and when the scan is successful the device will vibrate.

Other features of the app are:

  1. Decode texts, URLs, email and contact information.
  2. You can create your own barcode or QR code.
  3. Easy to use.

This is how you can scan QR codes and Barcodes on your Android device. If you have any app suggestions or topics you want us to cover, comment it down below. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

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Last updated: October 15, 2018

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