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How to scan QR codes on your iPhone or iPad

It's really easy to scan QR codes on iOS devices

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If you don't know how to scan QR codes on your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device, you've come to the right place.

Although QR codes aren't as popular now as we thought they were going to be, lots of people still use them as a way to communicate or store information – ticket websites, website links, coupon codes and contact information sometimes gets stored like it.

 It's really easy to scan QR codes on your iPhone or iPad, because Apple built QR Code recognition right into its camera up, so it's quite a simple process if you need to scan something.

But as with all tech software, it can sometimes be fiddly working out what to do, or getting your iOS device to recognize what it's looking at.

That's why we've come up with this simple guide on how to scan a QR code with an iPhone.

This works with iOS 12, the most recent operating system update (as of writing), but we'd also expect it to work with iOS 13 when that comes out in September 2019.

How to scan a QR code on iPhone and iPad

Step one: Open up the camera app on your iPhone or iPad

Step two: Hold the device's camera up to the QR code

Step three: No need to hit the shutter button, your iOS device will automatically recognize the QR code and provide you with an on-screen notification. (Make sure you have mobile signal or you're connected to Wi-Fi.)

Step four: Tap the notification to be taken to the destination of the QR code.

Wallet app can scan QR codes on iPhone and iPad

There's also a built-in QR reader in the Wallet app on iPhone and iPod. To access the scanner, open the app, click on the plus button at the top of the "Passes" section, then tap on Scan Code to Add a Pass. 

From here, you can scan QR codes for coupons, boarding passes, tickets, and loyalty cards, but only for the specific things that Wallet considers "passes." 

If you try to scan any other QR code, you'll get an error message.

If you don't fancy either of the above two methods, you can also head to the App Store where you'll find a wide selection of free QR code reading applications.

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