How to Scan QR Code using iPhone Camera

Scanning QR code with iPhone and the iPad Camera app is virtually a cakewalk. It’s indeed become a lot easier as you no longer need to use third-party apps to get the job done.

With the use of the QR-scanning feature, you can instantly join the Wi-Fi network, find the download link of any app, share URLs, add calendar events, and more. The best thing about this feature is that it’s built right into the Camera app and works intuitively.

How to Scan QR Codes on iPhone and iPad

To scan QR code on your iPhone using the camera, first, you need to make sure that the hidden feature is enabled. Let’s do it.

Enable QR Code Scanning Feature on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Scroll down and tap on Camera.

Tap on Settings Then Camera in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Now, turn on the switch next to Scan QR Code, if already not ON.

Enable QR Code Scanning Feature on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

Scan QR Code on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch the Camera app on your device.

Open iPhone Camera to Scan QR Code

Step #2. Now, point your Camera at the QR code for a few seconds. Make sure the code is visible in the camera’s viewfinder. Once the code is scanned, you will get the notification. For instance, when I scanned the QR code of iGeeksBlog, I got the App Store link in the popup. Now, you just need to tap on the notification to complete the action.

Scan QR Codes on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

How to Disable QR Code Scanning

For whatever reason, you don’t want to use this feature anymore? No problem, you can easily turn it off.

Step #1. Open Settings on your device → Tap on Camera.

Tap on Settings Then Camera in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Scan QR Codes.

Disable QR Code Scan Feature on iPhone in iOS 11

Scan QR Code Using Google Chrome

Google Chrome being such a popular web browser, it’s added more value to it, hasn’t it? So the next time, you come across any QR code, fire up the web browser to instantly scan it.

Step #1. Make sure to update the Chrome app on your iDevice.

Step #2. On your iPhone or iPad, Apply 3D Touch/Force Touch.

Apply 3D Touch on Chrome on iPhone

Step #3. Now, select the Scan QR Code in the shortcut menu.

Tap on Scan QR Code in Chrome on iPhone

Step #4. Allow the app to access the Camera. Tap on OK in the popup menu.

Allow Camera Access to Chrome on iPhone

That’s done!

What if your iDevice is not compatible with the latest iOS? Not to worry, there are many QR scanner apps available on the App Store. Check it out.

Wrapping up

The camera app has really become smarter. There is another hidden gem called the camera-leveling feature in this app that allows you to capture photos from an overhead view perfectly. I would recommend you to give it a try as well if you wish to snapshots from the top-down view effortlessly.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.