How to Scan QR Codes on iPhone with Chrome
QR Codes are the weird looking pixelated squares you sometimes see printed on signs or elsewhere, and while it’s a stretch to say they are widely used (or understood) they are ubiquitous in some areas. While the iPhone does not bundle a method of scanning QR codes by default, if you’re a Google Chrome user then you will find the latest versions of the iPhone Chrome app can scan QR codes for you.
There are a few ways to access the QR code scanning ability of Chrome in iOS. Perhaps the easiest is using Spotlight, but there’s a 3D Touch trick available too.
How to Scan QR Codes with Google Chrome on iPhone
- Install Google Chrome app on your iPhone if you have not done so already (update to the latest version too)
- From the Home Screen of iPhone, pull down on the screen to access the Spotlight search feature
- Type “qr” and tap on “Scan QR Code” under the Chrome section of results
- Scan the QR code using Chrome by placing the QR code in the app scanner
Since most QR codes direct to websites nowadays, having this feature in Chrome makes a lot of sense, and since it’s bundled in the app there is no need to download a separate app just for scanning QR codes, just get Chrome which is a great browser anyway.
Scan QR Codes via 3D Touch in Chrome
Another option is to 3D Touch the Chrome icon, which also reveals a “Scan QR Code” option on iPhone.
How useful this feature is to you likely depends on how often (if ever) you need a QR code scanner. But even if you rarely need one, having it built into Chrome is fairly nice, so it’s worth noting it exists.