How to Scan QR Code using iPhone Camera in iOS 11

iOS 11 has made scanning QR code on iPhone and iPad a lot straightforward. Find out how to use this super handy feature!

Scanning QR code with iPhone and iPad Camera app in iOS 11 is virtually a cake walk. 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 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.

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How to Scan QR Code using iPhone Camera on iOS 11

How to Scan QR Codes on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

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.

How to Enable QR Code Scanning Feature in iOS 11 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

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

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

How Scan QR Code in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Camera app on your device.

Open iPhone Camera to Scan QR Code

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Step #2. Now, point your smartphone 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

That’s it!

How to Disable QR Code Scanning Feature in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

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

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Step #1. Open Settings app 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

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That’s done!

That’s how you can scan QR code using iPhone camera. But what if your iDevice is not compatible with iOS 11? Not to worry, there are many QR scanner apps available on App Store. Check it out.

Wrapping up

The camera app has really become smarter in iOS 11, hasn’t it? There is another hidden gem called camera-leveling feature in this app that allows you to capture photos from 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
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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