How to Scan QR Codes With the Camera App on Your iPhone

QR codes are a popular method for allowing people to access something on the Internet from a piece of paper, or other physical media. Typically the other available option is to put a URL in place of that QR code, but this can often be inconvenient, especially if the URL is lengthy.

The QR code is more useful because you can simply scan it with a compatible app, then be taken directly to the intended location on the Internet. If you have used QR codes previously on your iPhone, then you most likely needed to download a third-party app. Fortunately this is no longer necessary, as the iPhone’s Camera app is now capable of scanning QR codes. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the setting for this feature so that you can turn it on.


How to Scan QR Codes on an iPhone 7

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.3. By enabling the setting in the steps below you will turn on a feature in the iPhone’s default Camera app that lets you scan QR codes. If you do not see the option described in this guide, then you may be running an older version of iOS that does not support this option. Find out how to update to iOS 11 to get this feature, as well as many others that were added with the iOS 11 update.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select the Camera option.

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Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Scan QR Codes to turn it on. The setting is enabled when there is green shading around the button. I have turned on the QR scan option in the picture below.

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