Can you scan a QR code without an app?
Newer phones with the most recent Android versions can scan QR codes using the mobile's camera. Other than that, you need to download an app to scan QR codes and quickly access products and services.
Google Lens is one app that makes scanning QR codes on Android an easy process. If you don’t have it, you can download it for free. While Google Lens was initially only available to Pixel owners, you can now use it on most of the latest Android phones.
It’s also possible to scan a QR code without an app using Google Screen Search. You can simply point your phone’s camera at the code, click and hold the home button, and select “what’s on my screen?” You’ll then get the link.
How to scan a QR code from a picture on your phone?
The first thing to do is download the QR code image to your mobile device if not saved. One option to scan a QR code from a photo is to use Google Lens.
This app uses image recognition technology to allow users to search what they see using their phone camera or a picture. It lets you do things quicker and is free to use on Android and other devices.
Open the Google Lens app, go to your gallery, and select the photo. Once you tap on the image, you’ll get the QR code’s details.
Another way is to do it using Google Photos. Simply open the Google Photos app, choose the photo on which there’s a QR code, and tap on the Google Lens icon to get its information.
Reasons why your phone camera can’t scan QR codes
Besides not having the right app, here are some other reasons why your phone doesn’t scan QR codes.
Brightness makes it possible for your phone camera to detect QR codes. If you’re in a place with low light, your camera performance won’t be the same.
Holding your phone the wrong way
Another reason your camera can’t scan a QR code is that you’re not holding your phone correctly. The camera won’t detect the code if you tilt your phone or when your hand is shaking.
Too close or too far
Holding your phone too close or far away makes it challenging for the camera to scan a QR code. That’s because your phone camera won’t focus well.
Tips on Scanning QR codes on Android
There are a few guidelines to follow to ensure that scanning QR codes on Android is a smooth process for you.
First, you need to go to a bright area to ensure there’s enough light for your phone camera to scan a QR code. Get rid of any shadows blocking the scanning process. If you’re in a dark place, switching on your phone’s flashlight helps.
Keeping your phone camera in focus is essential. Move back and forth slowly until you find the right spot. Your phone should also be on the same level as the QR code’s surface.
If you follow these tips and scanning still doesn’t work, the issue may be your phone camera’s quality. Clean it or use a different device to see whether the problem is solved.