Scan QR Codes on Older iPhone’s with Scan App
Update: Apple has introduced QR code reading into camera app on iPhone and iPad, here is how you can use the QR code reader in iOS that is included on modern iOS releases, which require no downloads or third party apps. Nonetheless the app below continues to read QR codes on older iOS versions and should you require the capability on older devices.
QR codes are those weird looking pixelated boxes you see at some retailers, events, and even some ads. The idea behind them is that you scan the QR Code, to which you will then be provided information about whatever it is you’re scanning, whether that’s jumping to a website, seeing a message, getting a coupon, or some similar action.
Some Android phones ship with a QR code reader installed from their provider as part of a suite of preinstalled applications, but older iOS software does not offer such a feature on iPhone or iPad, which means to scan a QR code on an iPhone you’ll have to visit the App Store first.
How to Scan QR Codes on Older iPhones with Scan App
We’ve tested a handful, and the best app for scanning QR Codes on the iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch, for that matter) is called Scan.
Appropriately named, Scan is a small download and it’s lightning fast to use. Just launch the app and point it at the QR code, even if the lighting is bad or you’re moving fast beyond the code, Scan is so quick and sensitive that you barely have to sweep the camera over a QR code for it to register with a beep sound and immediately launch to it’s destination.
- Get Scan from the App Store (was free, now $1.99)
In this example, Scan is open and moved past a stationary QR code rather quickly. Nonetheless, the code is still picked up by the app and immediately redirected to OSXDaily.com.
Simple, easy, hard to beat that.
Whether or not QR Codes are going to become a widely popular thing is debatable, but you’ll definitely see them in day to day life, and with some of the discounts and coupons available to them it can be worthwhile having the scanner app on your phone.