QR Code Scanner app cell phones and mobile phones

QR Stuff QR Scanner

The best as safest way to scan QR codes is by using our safe qr code scanner at www.qrstuff.com/scan.

Built in QR Code Scanner

You can also scan QR Codes using the built in camera app in your device. Most of Android camera apps already supports scanning a QR Code, and with iOS 11 release, there is a QR Code reader built in the iPhone camera app as well.

QR Code Smartphone Apps And Phone Software

For your phone to be able to read QR Codes you will need to have a QR Code scanning app or QR Code scanning software installed on it.

For those without an iPhone or Andriod, some of the following sites offer the option of downloading via PC and then transferring and installing the software to your phone, or visiting with the website with your smartphone via its browser for direct download and installation. Some also have the option of setting the application up on your phone as a device bookmark.

  • Scan For iPhone - All we can say is "sweet"! It just gets on with the job of scanning QR codes in a no-nonsense no-fuss sort of way. User-friendly scan history (with a really cool map) and a feature which really caught our attention is their support for scanning reverse image/inverted colour QR codes. They also have an Android version and have recently released a Windows Mobile version as well.
  • Optiscan - A great iPhone app that understands all the trickier encoding types and has definitely kept up with developments in QR code technology.
  • QRafter - One of the consistently good scanning apps for iPhone and a great pick - fast, reliable and broad range of user features. It also has a great iPad version and a paid Pro version with even more features.
  • ScanLife - Supporting not just QR codes, but Datamatrix and EZcode 2D barcodes as well as regular UPC/EAN product barcodes, Scanlife is a fully featured solution for all of your barcode scanning needs. Scanlife is another one of the tried and tested apps that's been around for a long time and has been regularly upgraded to keep its place in the lead pack. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Java and Symbian.
  • For Android devices our clear favourite is Scan with QR Droid coming a close second. Scanlife is also a solid performer that is well put together by people that clearly understand QR codes at a technical level.
  • I-Nigma - Popular and reliable QR code scanning app that's been around forever and comes in all the popular flavours - iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.
  • Quickmark - Another name that's been synomous with QR code scanning for years. It has the mandatory iPhone, Andriod and Windows Mobile version, but Quickmark is also available for a wide-range of other phones including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson, Kyocera, Fujitsu-Siemens, LG, Vodafone and Huawei. It's even got a version for the Palm Treo!
  • Google Zxing - For Android and iPhone.

While QR codes themselves conform to an ISO standard, not all app developers are as diligent with standards compliance as they should be, so, sadly, there are a lot of QR code scanning apps out there that aren't all they could be and tend to become challenged by QR codes containing anything more complex than a simple website URL.

Our blog post Not All Scanning Apps Are Created Equal presents a general discussion of the situation, however a quick browse through the user reviews for QR code scanning apps in the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Blackberry App World will highlight which ones are worth having, and which have known issues.

Desktop QR Code Software & Applications