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Quickly scan QR codes on iPhone from Control Center



A How-To Geek URL QR Code on a Blue Background

Like it or not, QR codes are everywhere. From restaurants to gas stations, they are used for all kinds of contactless transactions. Here’s how to quickly scan QR codes on iPhone with a shortcut in Control Center.

You can scan QR codes with the iPhone’s Camera app. But every time you actually want to take action (e.g. open the webpage from the QR code), you have to tap on a notification.

If you add a hidden QR code control to the Control Center, the Code Scanner feature will automatically open the designated app (Mail app for email, Safari for web pages, etc.).

RELATED: How to Scan QR Codes with iPhone’s Camera App

To set this up, you need to add the code scanner shortcut to the Control Center. First, open the “Settings” app. Swipe down on your home screen to use Spotlight search if you can’t find the app on your smartphone.

Visit Settings on iPhone

Choose the option “Control Center” here.

Choose Control Center in Settings

Scroll down and tap the “+” icon next to the “Code Scanner” option.

Tap Plus next to code scanner

Now the Code Scanner control is added at the bottom of the Control Center. It is now time to use the feature to scan a QR code.

Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone’s screen to open Control Center.

Here, tap on the new Code Scanner control.

Tap Code Scanner Shortcut in the Control Center

This will open a special interface for scanning QR codes. Point the camera of your iPhone at the QR code.

Find code to scan using code scanner

It will be scanned after a second and your iPhone will automatically open the designated app to complete the action.

Code Scanner Open the QR code action in the designated app

In this example, the How-To Geek website opens in the default browser (for our Chrome).

QR code website opened in Chrome


Do you want to create your own QR code? You can generate new QR codes directly on your iPhone!

RELATED: How to Create Your Own QR Codes from Your iPhone or Android Phone




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