Think of QR codes in similar terms as a Universal Product Code (UPC), except UPC's can only represent numbers. QR codes can be used to represent text, web addresses and other data. Many Android devices include the scanning software necessary to take advantage of this technology, while a quick application download will integrate with other Android smartphones to enable QR functionality. Aim your camera phone at a QR code, and your smartphone does the rest!
Installing the Barcode Scanner
In order to begin scanning QR codes, first you must download the Barcode Scanner app. Many Android phones come with the Barcode Scanner app pre-installed. If you already have the Barcode Scanner app, skip to Scanning Your First QR Code.
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- If you do not have the Barcode Scanner already installed, go to Google.com on your Android device.
- Select "More" and then "Shopping" and "Product Search."
- Click on the "Scan Barcode" button to install the Barcode Scanner on your device.
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Scanning QR Codes on Android
Once you have downloaded the Barcode Scanner app, you are ready to QR codes on your Android phone. (Don't have the Barcode Scanner yet? Go back to Installing the Barcode Scanner.)
- Open the Barcode Scanner on your device.
- Hold your phone about a foot away from the QR (depending on the QR's size and clarity).
- Slowly move your camera closer or further away, pausing as needed, pointing the red line at the QR code.
- Your smartphone does the rest!
Can I Scan QR Codes on Other Devices?
Yes! Most smartphones, such as Blackberry devices and the iPhone, are able to take advantage of QR technology. Check out our QR How-To pages for Blackberry devices and iPhone, or come back to http://webtivitydesigns.com/help/QR/ from your other device to be automatically redirected to the appropriate page.