Scan QR Codes with the built-in Camera app

The iPhone’s built-in Camera app can scan QR codes. No need to download a specialized app for that. For older systems, use the free Qrafter app.

QR codes

iOS 12’s Camera app can scan a QR code. All you do is launch the Camera app and aim it at a code, like this:

Representative QR code
QR Code

You will see a little notification banner, like this:

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Notification after aiming Camera at QR Code

Tap the notification and presto, you’re done. Neat.

Note: not too long ago the Camera app didn’t work this way. If you aim your iPhone’s camera at a QR code and nothing happens, your iPhone might be on an older iOS. In that case, consider updating. If you don’t want to update your iPhone’s system, or can’t, you can use the Qrafter app to scan QR codes instead of the Camera app. It’s free, and it’s great.

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