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

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

  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.

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.

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.

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