How to Scan QR Codes on an iPhone Without Any Third-Party Apps

When you see QR codes at restaurants or while shopping, you might not give them much thought. But occasionally, they can be helpful, or even necessary, which can leave you wondering how to use your iPhone ot scan QR codes.

Fortunately, you just need to make sure that a setting is turned on, then you can use the same Camera app that you use to take pictures of record videos.

The steps in this article are going to show you how to use the default Camera app on your iPhone to scan QR codes.

How to Enable the iPhone QR Codes Scanner

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose the Camera option.
  3. Tap the button to the right of Scan QR Codes to turn it on.

Our guide continues below with additional information about how to scan QR codes on an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

When you think of the word “scan” it probably relates to scanning a document. But scanning now extends to the digital world and connects the physical and digital with the help of little barcodes called QR codes.

QR codes are often used in physical marketing campaigns as a way to provide a simple means for accessing additional information.

The premise of a QR code is pretty simple; you open an app on your iPhone, fit the QR code into the view window, then the action for which the QR code was created will be performed.

Previously your iPhone needed to use a third-party app to interact with QR codes, but it’s finally possible to use the Camera app on the device to scan QR codes.

Video About Scanning iPhone QR Codes

How to Enable the iPhone Camera to Scan QR Codes

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3.1. This will also work on other iPhone models using iOS 13.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the Settings menu

Step 2: Open the Camera menu.

open the Camera menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Scan QR Codes to enable it.

how to scan a QR code on an iPhone without using a third party app

If you then open the Camera app on your iPhone and place a QR code within the viewfinder, your iPhone will attempt to perform whatever action the QR code was created to complete.

Now that you know how to scan QR codes on your iPhone, you will be able to interact with them to see the information that the QR code creator wanted to share with you.

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