This is how QR is scanned on iPhone without having to install anything — 2022

What is a QR code? What utility does it have? Can I scan one with my iPhone? The answer to the last question is a resounding yes and we will explain in this article how you can do it. We will also answer the first two questions. Read on if you want to learn about QR scanning from an iPhone, as you might be surprised to learn that you won't even need to install a dedicated app.

What is a QR code

A QR code is a quick response code (forgive the redundancy), literally. These codes work in a similar way to the classic barcodes that we find in supermarket products, although in their case they have a square shape made up of other smaller squares that look like pixels. Although they may seem the same, the truth is that they are not and, even if it is for a slight difference, they all have different information if they are scanned.

These QR can be seen today in all kinds of places. From billboards on the street, brochures, newspapers, magazines and even in the products we buy. These do not contain information on the price of the product but rather serve as links to websites or platforms where you can obtain more information about the product or service in question. For example, accessing a restaurant menu or obtaining nutritional information about a snack. To access these links it is necessary that they be scanned with an electronic device such as an iPhone and despite the fact that there are applications dedicated to it, the truth is that it is not necessary to install anything on iOS.

QR code scanning on iOS

If you have a iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch It is evident that these will have the camera app . This native app is more than enough to be able to read a QR code. The basic requirements are that the camera works correctly as is logical and that the device has iOS 11 or later , since this is the version that added this functionality.

The way to access this QR reading is very simple, since you just have to follow these steps:

Scan iPhone QR

  • Open the Camera app.
  • Focus on the QR code.
  • You will notice that a Safari banner appears at the top, click on it.

It is done. Easy, right? The Safari browser will then open with the aim of showing you the link that the QR code refers to, although it may be another application such as the App Store in case that code refers to the download link of an app. In any case it is not a complicated process, although you will have to make sure you have good Internet connection so that it can be opened.

a trick for see the link without opening it is to use the 3D Touch of the iPhone, which consists of making a long press on the link without taking your finger off the screen. This will open a preview that you can then open completely or ignore it in case you are not interested in the link it takes you to. Of course, these gestures are only operational on iPhone 6s and later, so you will not have it available on iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus or first generation SE.

How to create your own QR code

Just as you can access links with a QR, you can also be the one who creates these codes so that others can access the link you want. If you have a website, blog, application or any other service that you are interested in publicizing, it will be very useful for you. There are many web pages that allow you to create codes free. In this article we will explain it with a website called, whose process is ultimately very similar to what you will find in any other.

Create QR code

  • open the qr code generator website .
  • In the box that appears paste the link to the website you want to link with the QR.
  • Select the size of the code.
  • In redundancy you will find a factor that makes the code can be read even when it is damaged. We recommend selecting medium.
  • Click on Generate QR code.

The process will take a few seconds, although it will depend on your internet connection. Once it's ready you can download it even in dynamic mode, which allows you to later edit the address to which it links. In this way you can already have your own QR ready to show in digital format on social networks or printed on pamphlets and posters.