QR codes have revolutionized smartphone functionality by enabling instant access to digital content through quick on-device scans. This matrix barcode packs letters, numbers, and symbols within a scannable square that can link to website URLs, store promotions, product info, and more.
With the iPhone’s robust native camera app, iOS users can decode QR codes seamlessly without any extra downloaded apps starting from iOS 11. Alongside general links to online destinations or assets, iPhone QR code scans unlock exclusive native features.
For example, when pointed at a QR-encoded location, the iPhone Camera app will conveniently open that place in Apple Maps. Event or contact info gets added to your on-device calendars or address books. Apple even enables contactless payments via QR, thanks to Wallet integration and Apple Pay activation codes.
So whether using QR codes for accessing standard web links or unlocking special device-specific functionality, iPhone owners have a speedy all-in-one portal. No app store downloads are needed – Point, scan, and leverage the Camera’s built-in code reading intelligence to interact with QR-enhanced online or real-world content. The ease of scanning and automatic contextual actions make QR capabilities a seamless extension of the iOS experience.
How to use QR Code reader on an iPhone?
It is quite simple: open the iPhone camera and point directly at a QR Code. Then, an action message should appear at the top of the screen; tap it and complete the task proposed by the code.
What if it doesn’t work?
If the camera is not scanning the QR Code, we recommend checking that the feature is enabled in the app’s settings. Follow the step-by-step below to check if the QR code reader is activated on iOS.
1. Open the Settings app. Then tap on “Camera.”
2. Enable the option “Scan QR Codes.