How to Scan a QR Code on Your iPhone or iPad with the Camera

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If you've been wondering, "how do I scan a QR code on my iPhone?", you're in luck. Before iOS 11, you needed a third-party app to be able to scan QR codes on an iPhone or iPad. Now, you can use the stock Camera app on your phone or tablet to scan QR codes, and it’s pretty easy to do. We will show you how to use the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad for scanning QR codes.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Avoid downloading third-party QR code-scanning apps.
  • Save time scanning QR codes.
  • Easily access digital menus, tickets, and more.

How to Scan a QR Code with the Camera App

QR codes usually appear as encoded black and white squares that, when scanned, present more information on a topic in the form of a web page, contact information, video, or just about anything. Once you've learned how to scan a QR code with your Camera app on an iPhone or iPad, you might like to find out how to add a QR scanner to your iPhone's Control Center

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap Camera.

  3. Make sure Scan QR Codes is toggled on.

  4. Open the Camera app.

  5. Hold your phone over the QR code so that it’s centered in the frame.

  6. notification will appear and tell you what the QR code opens and in what app.
  7. Tap on the notification if you want to open the QR code’s link.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.