How do I find a QR code

Scan the QR code for Android and iPhone: This is how it works

Scanning the QR code without an extra app: this is now possible. Many Android smartphones from Samsung or Huawei, but also newer iPhone models, have a QR code reader that can be used with the camera function. We'll show you how it works.

For a long time, reading QR codes required a special app that you had to download from the app or Google Playstore. Most cell phones that run on the more recent Android or iOS versions can now scan a QR code without having to resort to additional apps. The whole thing works very easily with the help of your mobile phone camera. Here we show you how to scan a QR code with your iPhone, Samsung or Huawei.

Scan the QR code iPhone: It's that easy

QR codes are read by all iPhones that are equipped with the iOS 11 operating system and higher. Older iPhones such as the iPhone 3GS or the iPhone 4 (s) still have to work with apps in order to be able to scan QR codes. So if you have an older iPhone model, we have selected the best free QR code scanners for you. Everyone else simply access their smartphone camera and proceed as follows:

  1. Open your camera app.
  2. Make sure you are using the rear camera.
  3. Hold your iPhone against the QR code. Make sure the code is in the camera's viewfinder.
  4. Your smartphone will now recognize the QR code and display a message in the upper screen asking you to open the link to the code.
  5. Tap that message and open the link. Scanning the QR code is now done.

Read QR code Android: These are the tricks

Android devices such as Samsung, Google or Sony have mostly had a QR code reader integrated in the camera app since Android 8. It is very easy to use, similar to the iPhone: Open the camera app and hold it against the QR code, then click on the link shown and you can scan the QR code with your Android smartphone.

Scan QR code Huawei: Step by step

If you have a Huawei mobile phone, you can also read a QR code without having to install an additional app. Huawei is actually one of the first smartphone providers to integrate a QR code function into the camera performance. Before you can scan QR codes with your Huawei, you have to activate the QR code reader beforehand. This is housed in the HiVision feature. You can achieve this function as follows:

  1. Open the camera app.
  2. Tap the "Eye" icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Swipe to the left until you reach the QR code symbol. It's at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap the icon and follow the on-screen instructions to activate the feature.
  5. Now you can scan any QR code by pointing the camera at it. Your Huawei smartphone will do the rest automatically.