Scanning QR Codes

All you need to scan QR codes is a smart phone (internet capable phone). If you already have one of these phones, simply download an app that can read these codes. There are a ton of QR code readers for phones. I've listed some below for iPhones and Droids, so you can either search by the app name or you can just search “QR code reader” and you'll get a long list of a bunch of them.

Once you get the app, hold the phone in front of the QR code. You will see a red bar going across that needs to read the code. It will focus on the main squares of the code, and then quickly decode it, and your phone will open a URL, a text, google coordinates, or whatever else the code you scanned was coded to do.

Apps For iPhones

  • QR Code Reader for iPhone (This is the one I have, and it works great.)
  • ShopSaavy (Barcode scanner and QR code reader)
  • i-nigma QR code, data matrix, and 1D barcode reader (this reads most types of barcodes, not just QR codes).
  • NeoReader
  • QuickMark (This one costs money but not much.)
  • Bakado
  • Quick Scan Pro - QR and barcode scanner (This one costs money but not much.)
  • Qrafter - QR code reader and generator
  • Optiscan - QR code scanner and generator
  • CityQR

Apps For Droids

  • QR Droid
  • QR Barcode Scanner
  • RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner
  • BeeTagg QR Reader
  • QR Code Generator - This app lets you make your own QR codes on your phone that you can share. You can also enter an address and the generator will create a QR code to that exact latitude and longitude.
  • Fun2D QR Code Reader - this one can scan 2D barcodes, QR codes, Data Matrices, 1D barcodes EAN and ISBN.
  • CertainTeed QR Code Reader
  • AT&T Code Scanner -reads QR codes, UPCs, and Data Matrix barcodes.
  • ScanLife Barcode Reader - all-in-one barcode reader
  • QuickMark Lite QR Code Reader

Using Your Computer

What is a QR Code?

QR (quick response) codes were invented to be scanned and decoded very quickly. I've only first seen them showing up mid-2011, but they've actually been around for much longer.
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How to make a QR Code?

It's so easy to make your own QR code. All you need to do is find a free QR code generator, enter some information, and click create, and your own QR codes will be available in seconds.
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Scanning QR Codes

All you need to scan QR codes is a smart phone (internet capable phone). If you already have one of these phones, simply download an app that can read these codes.
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