How to Scan a QR Code on an iPhone or iPad

Scanning a QR code on your iPhone is super simple!
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QR stands for "quick response," because QR codes store a lot of useful information and data meant to be accessible to users within seconds. The first-ever QR system was invented in 1994. However, it wasn't until 2017 that built-in QR readers were available to iPhone and iPad users.

It was thought that QR codes would be massively popular and convenient for techies and non-techies alike, but the technology has been massively overlooked even though they are in every store, restaurant, and even often scattered along hiking trails. While I won't go too deeply into that, the point is that QR codes are pretty much everywhere and easy to use.

They are also useful because they can take you directly to a portal, website, allow you to access and use a coupon, look up information on tree-types on your weekend hikes, and more. You can even buy stuff using QR codes. There is really a lot that can be done with a QR code.

This guide shows you how to use a QR code in literal seconds. No fluff, just two simple steps to get you on your way.

Note: This requires iOS 11 or later (iPadOS was created after iOS 11). On an iPad, the steps will look slightly different than pictured here, but the steps are the same!

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How to Scan a QR Code on an iPhone or iPad

First, navigate to your home screen. Then, find the Camera app and open it. The only thing you want to be mindful of here is that you are using the "photo" option.

How to Scan a QR Code on an iPhone or iPad

Simply point your camera at the QR code (no need to take a picture of the code), and you will notice a notification will appear at the top of your screen. You can then click on that notification to be routed to the source of the information (the link to whichever website or app).

In my case, it was a catalog for cat products, where I could see all the recent sales and use the coupon I received via mail. And... that was it. You're done!

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