Scanning QR codes from pictures on your mobile or desktop devices can be done in the following ways:
- Sharing a photo in Google Lens (Android)
- Long press on the QR code in the native iOS Photos app.
- For desktop users, screenshot a QR code then upload it to https://scanqr.org/.
3 ways to scan QR codes from pictures on iPhone
Option 1: Open the native iOS Photos app. Open the image with the QR code. Long press the QR code. Select whether you want to follow the link, or copy the text of the QR code.
Option 2: For users of Google Photos app on iOS. Open the image with the QR code. Click the “Lens” icon at the bottom, this will automatically scan a photo for QR codes.
Option 3: Go to https://scanqr.org/ , upload the image and use the info in the QR code.
3 ways to scan QR codes from pictures on Android
If you’re an Android user, you should have an app called Google Lens installed by default on your phone or tablet. If you don’t simply download Lens from Google Play.
Option 1: Select QR image from your photo gallery app, share into Google Lens, click on the link.
Option 2: Open Google Lens, select the QR code image, copy/click the link.
Option 3: If you really don’t want to download Google Lens or any other app, then go to https://scanqr.org/ , upload the image and use the info in the QR code.
Scan QR codes from pictures on PC/Desktop
If you don’t have a picture of the QR code, you’ll need to screenshot it first.
If you do have a picture of the QR code, skip to step 4.
Step 1: Press WINDOWS KEY + SHIFT + S at the same time.This will open up the native Windows screenshot functionality.
Step 2: Select the QR code you want to scan.
Step 3: Save the snippet to a folder of your choosing.
Step 4: Go to https://scanqr.org/ , use the Drag & Drop or Browser feature to upload the QR image. After uploading, copy the text you need.
4 QR code scanner apps with more utility
If you scan QR codes a lot, then it might be worth using dedicated QR scanning apps.
These apps have multiple advantages:
- Create QR codes in a few seconds.
- Scan QR codes from images in your gallery.
- See a history of QR codes you’ve scanned.
- Favorite certain QR codes for quick access.
- Scan bar codes (not just QR codes).
- Instantly open QR codes in the app browser.
- Make a QR code with your personal information.
If the above functionality sounds appealing to you, then consider trying these following apps:
- QR & Barcode Reader (Android | iOS)
- QR & Barcode Scanner ( Android | iOS)
- QR Code Reader by AngleTech Inc (iOS only)
- QR Code Reader by BACHA Soft (Android only)
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