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.).
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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.
Choose the option “Control Center” here.
Scroll down and tap the “+” icon next to the “Code Scanner” option.
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.
This will open a special interface for scanning QR codes. Point the camera of your iPhone at the QR code.
It will be scanned after a second and your iPhone will automatically open the designated app to complete the action.
In this example, the How-To Geek website opens in the default browser (for our Chrome).
Do you want to create your own QR code? You can generate new QR codes directly on your iPhone!
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