Many products include a QR code that provides you with additional information about that product, or allow the manufacturer to add additional features for their customers. As such, it can be useful to learn how to scan QR codes with your iPad.
QR codes have been a popular way for companies to include website links on their products without requiring their customers to type out long, complicated Web page addresses.
QR code scanning functionality has been available on many smartphones and mobile devices for years but, for a while, Apple iOS devices like the iPad and the iPhone had to rely on third-party apps to effectively use QR codes.
Luckily that changed with iOS 11, and there is now a QR code reader built into the iPad’s Camera app by default.
Our guide below is going to show you how to enable the QR code scanner in the Camera on the iPad, then we will show you what it looks like when you successfully scan a QR code with that tool.
How to Scan QR Codes on an iPad
- Open the Settings app.
- Choose the Camera option.
- Enable the Scan QR Codes option.
- Open the Camera app and position the QR code in the viewfinder.
- Tap on the link at the top of the screen to open the website.
This guide continues below with additional information and pictures of these steps.
How to Scan QR Codes on an Apple iPad in iOS 11 or Higher (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on a 6th-generation iPad using the iOS 12.2 operating system. These steps will also work on newer iPad models, as well as newer versions of iOS, like iOS 14.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Camera option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Scan QR Codes to enable it. I have turned on QR code scanning in the picture below.
Step 4: Press the Home button to return to the Home screen, then launch the iPad Camera app.
Step 5: Center the QR code in the viewfinder, then wait for the QR reader to identify it.
Step 6: Wait for the banner to popup at the top of the screen, then tap on it to be taken to the website URL.
- You don’t need any new apps from the App Store to accomplish this. You can scan QR codes on an iPad using the default Camera app.
- The QR codes scanning feature through the Camera was added in iOS 11. Versions of iOS prior to this don’t have that functionality.
- The websites defined by the QR codes you scan will open in the Safari Web browser on the iPad. There’s no way to change this setting.
You can read more about the iPad camera here.
Additional Information on Scanning QR Codes on an iPad
- You can add a QR code scanner shortcut to the Control Center on your iPad as well. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, then tap the green + button next to QR Code Reader to add it.
- You don’t need to press the shutter button in the Camera app to identify the QR scan code. However, you do need to get pretty close to the code for the scanner to read it.
- A QR code can be a useful thing to add to a business card if you want an interesting way to provide people with your contact information without cluttering the appearance of the card.
- This feature is available in iOS 13 as well, and works the same way. You can also scan QR codes on most iPhone models, including newer ones like the iPhone X and the iPhone 11.
Find out about QR code scanning on an iPhone if you are curious about the functionality on that device as well. However, it’s nearly identical to QR code scanning on the iPad.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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