There are umpteen free apps that let you scan a QR-code using your iPhone but none of them actually does it from within the stock camera app. That won't happen because Apple's policies are made that way.

That's why everyone's now interested in this new tweak called NativeQR.

NativeQR is a cool little tweak that adds a QR-scanning option to your stock camera app. So if you want to scan a QR code, you no longer have to open a new app for that. Just fire up the camera and the QR scan automatically shows up whenever the camera focuses on something that looks like a QR-code.

NativeQR Cydia Tweak

Obviously, you can enable/disable this feature from the ‘options' when you are shooting a pic.

NativeQR is available on Cydia's BigBoss repo and costs $1.99. We'll talk about the price later.

Here's How to Use NativeQR to Scan QR Codes with Stock iPhone Camera App:

  • Install the tweak from Cydia. You'll have to purchase it.
  • Open the Camera app
  • Tap on the Options button on top.
  • Switch ON the Enable NativeQR option
  • Now, point your camera at a QR code and adjust the position so it fits into the square. That's it.
  • QR Code is read and depending on the data, you can open a link, save a contact etc.

NativeQR also adds an extra QR-converting option to the share options. This makes sharing contacts as QR codes very easy too although you're not going to share a QR code contact all the time. I mean, that's just not cool now.

Speaking of the $1.99 price tag, it sure is pricey comparing the minimal features the tweak provides. Needless to say, this is a really awesome feature but I think the developer is just trying to be greedy here. No offense to the developer but still, come on: two dollars for a one-item tweak?

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