How to scan QR codes with iOS 11’s Camera app

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Are QR codes finally going mainstream?
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QR codes are set to take off in a big way, thanks to a new feature included in iOS 11 that makes scanning the quirky-looking blocks easier than ever before.

Apple didn’t announce the feature during its WWDC 2017 keynote, but the new QR-scanning capability is among the many minor iOS 11 features that may prove to be a big deal. Even though QR codes have been around for nearly two decades, they haven’t been super-useful to regular consumers.

That’s about to change.

How to scan QR codes in iOS 11

With iOS 11, all you have to do to scan a QR code is follow these steps:

1 – Open the iPhone’s Camera app.
2 – Point your camera at a QR code.
3 – Tap to focus.
4 – Viola! A notification box should pop up allowing you act on the QR code.

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The new QR-scanning feature could be useful in all sorts of scenarios, like joining the Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop, finding directions to a restaurant, adding calendar events, sharing URLs and much more.

If you’re running the iOS 11 beta, you can test the QR code function yourself by scanning sample codes on the internet.

The iOS 11 beta is currently available to developers and should become available to public beta testers next month.

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2 responses to “How to scan QR codes with iOS 11’s Camera app”

  1. David Kaplan says:

    I didn’t realize the calendar said 2009.

  2. DrMuggg says:

    Qr-codes are the most human unfriendly POS ever invented. Impossible to read for a human. Crappy.

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