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How to scan a QR code with an Android phone

How to scan a QR code with an Android phone

QR codes are all around us and provide easy direct access to content through your Android phone’s camera.

Point your phone at a QR code in a magazine, on a billboard, or on a screen, and you can directly access a world of online content.

Although there is a wide range of custom Android user interfaces, the method of scanning QR codes is basically the same.

Table of Contents:

what we use

the short version

  • Stage

    Open the camera app on your Android phone

    See your phone’s default camera app.

  • Stage

    Bring the QR code on the viewer

    Point your phone at the QR code. Some Android camera UIs may get stuck on the QR code at this point, in which case you can tap the link below. However, most will require the help of Google Lens.

  • Stage

    Tap the Google Lens icon

    Now you need to locate the Google Lens icon and tap on it. The exact location of this icon can vary greatly depending on your phone brand, but it’s usually around the main camera UI. If not, expand the More/Modes menu (or equivalent) and it may be there.

  • Stage

    Approve all requests

    You may be prompted to “Open Camera” at this point, so tap the appropriate button if that’s the case. Some Google Lens implementations will take you to a completely separate Lens UI that requires your permission to access photos. Approve by tapping “While using the app” if prompted.

  • Stage

    The Lens UI should pop up and quickly lock onto the QR code, with a link appearing below. Press the shutter button or the link directly to access the relevant content.

  • frequent questions

    What is a QR code?

    Quick response codes, or QR codes, have been around since the mid-1990s, when they were used to track cars in the Japanese auto industry.

    I still don’t see the Google Lens icon

    If you can’t find the Google Lens icon on your phone’s camera UI, try downloading and opening the Google Lens app instead.

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