An Easy-to-Understand Guide to QR Codes

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Photo: David Dvořáček/Unsplash – The use of QR codes is here to stay. If you want to make your own, here are the instructions. Given that we’re still afraid of dealing with actual papers, touching surfaces, and generally interacting with the world at large, the QR code is enjoying a prolonged period in the spotlight.. QR codes are a simple and handy way to create shortcuts to everything from phone apps to website connections, and the shift to digital has been hastened.

Smartphones and even desktop operating systems, on the other hand, are getting increasingly adept at reading QR codes. Whatever your QR code scanning or creating needs may be, there are many of alternatives available for you to choose from, so don’t hesitate to explore.

On Android, how to use QR codes

Chrome for Android allows you to generate QR codes. Google Chrome is shown in this screenshot.

Using the Camera app on your phone’s back camera and pointing it at a QR code, you’ll be presented with a link directly above the shutter button after the code has been captured. To find out what the QR code is directing you to, go here. Similarly, you may utilize Google Lens.

If you wish to generate a QR code from a URL in Google Chrome, you may do so. Then, hit the menu button (three dots, upper right) and pick Share and QR code from the drop-down menu.

It’s possible to make QR codes for everything from contact cards to websites and app URLs with the help of third-party applications. Most of them are basic and serve up a lot of adverts, so you may have to experiment to discover ones that you like. QRky is one of the best QR code generators we’ve tried. Simply select the sort of QR code you want to create from the Generate tab.. Another decent QR Code Generator is the all-in-one QR Code Generator (tap Create to get started).

On iOS, how to use QR codes

You may customize the Control Center on iOS to include a Code Scanner. Screenshot: iOS

A QR code on the street may be captured by opening the Camera app, selecting the back camera and aligning the QR code with your iPhone’s viewfinder. A yellow frame will appear with a yellow link outlined in yellow beneath it; tap this link to follow it. The Code Scanner tool may also be added to Control Center: Add Code Scanner to the shortcut list in Control Center by going to Settings > Control Center.

On an iPhone, you may also use the Wallet app to scan a QR code—but only for codes that the Wallet app can actually interact with, such as boarding tickets or discount coupons. If you don’t have any passes, hit Edit Passes (or Get if you don’t have any), then Scan Code.

In order to create your own codes from scratch, you have a wide range of alternatives, but you’ll need a third-party tool for the task (many of these can scan QR codes as well). QR Code Reader (touch My Codes then Create a QR code) and QR Scanner (tap Create then Plus) are two of our favorites. For websites, Google Chrome can do the job: In order to create a QR code, simply click on the Share button (top right).

On Windows, how to use QR codes

Microsoft Edge has the ability to generate QR codes from URLs. Screenshot: Microsoft Edge

There isn’t a lot of use for scanning QR codes when it comes to desktop operating systems. There are reports that the native Camera app may be able to read QR codes in a future update, but for now, you’ll need a third-party scanner for this purpose.

Installing an app like QR Code or QR Scanner Plus, both of which operate similarly, is an option. The QR code should be detected nearly immediately once you activate the app and provide it access to your camera. The QR code may be followed by a simple tap or click.

Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome both have the ability to generate QR codes for webpages. This page may be accessed by clicking in the URL bar and selecting Create QR Code. QR Code Tiger and QR Code Generator, two of the numerous web tools that allow you to make and export QR codes, both include a wide range of choices for making and exporting codes.

On a Mac, how do you use QR codes?

Apple’s Safari browser now has a QR code generator built in. Screenshot: Safari

It’s unlikely that you’ll need to scan a QR code with your MacBook or iMac, thus Apple hasn’t built QR code scanning into the built-in webcam. We’ve found Code Reader to be the finest third-party alternative, but QR Capture is also worth checking out because it’s simple to use and quick.

QR Code Generator for Safari works precisely as its name suggests, providing a QR code generating button directly to the left of Safari’s address bar. The functionality hasn’t yet found its way into Safari’s main web browser. It’s possible to generate QR codes for websites using Google Chrome here: Create a QR code for this page by selecting the URL in the address bar and clicking the Create QR code button on the right.

You don’t actually need to use a third-party program for more advanced QR code generation choices, since many websites can do the job. In addition to providing a wide range of possibilities for the codes you may create, QRCode Monkey and QR Code Generator are easy to use.

On Chrome OS, how to use QR codes

QR codes may be read natively by the Chrome OS camera. Screenshot: Chrome OS

You can use your Chromebook’s webcam to scan QR codes if you have it with you at all times. This is a natural feature of Chrome OS. To scan a QR code, place the code in front of the camera’s field of vision and select Scan QR Code from the Camera menu.

QR codes for website URLs are simple enough to create as we’ve already discussed in the Windows and macOS portions of this guide. If you choose the URL in the address bar and click on the Create QR code for this page button on the right, Google Chrome will produce a QR code. The identical option is also available by right-clicking a blank area of a page, which we haven’t addressed before.

In addition to the web applications and Android apps discussed above, you may also create additional sorts of scripts. Scanova (which supports a broad range of QR code kinds) and VisualLead (which is more geared to companies but still extremely simple to use) are two additional choices you may try using your Chrome OS web browser if none of the ones we’ve covered so far truly suit you.