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5 methods of scanning a QR code on iPhone

Did you know that you can scan a QR code only with your iPhone camera? Before, you had to download a specific app to do it, but that is no longer necessary if you have the iOS 11 operating system version installed.

In this sense, this function is only available in those smartphones after the iPhone 5S, since the previous models are not compatible with iOS 11. In this article we will explain how to scan a QR code with your iPhone.

You can find this evolution of bar codes on many sites: museums, websites, brochures or augmented reality games. They are also used in some mobile applications, such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat or Spotify.

Read on to learn more about the uses and purposes of QR codes in these apps that you have installed on your iPhone.

How to scan a QR code on iPhone

QR codes contain information, such as links to web pages, email addresses, phone numbers, concert tickets or theater shows, official passes or shopping vouchers.

Thus, QRs are a kind of shortcut that allows you to access certain information quickly and without complications, without having to take any extra steps to access it. All the information is concentrated on lines similar to a bar code.

Here are the steps to follow to scan a QR code on your iPhone:

one. Check that you smartphone It has installed iOS version 11 of the Apple operating system. To do this, go to the Settings of your iPhone and select general.

Now, tap on Information and check that in the section Version, this is 11 or higher.

two. Open the camera of your iPhone and frame the QR code you want to scan. Make sure that it is well focused and that the code can be seen perfectly on the screen of your smartphone. You may have to do zoom or touch on the QR to focus.

3. When your iPhone recognizes the code, you will receive a notification that contains the information hidden behind the QR. Simply tap on it to access this information.

It can be, for example, a link to a web page.

Or it can also contain a personalized message next to the link to a website.

You can even include an email address or a phone number.

How to scan the QR codes of Facebook Messenger on iPhone

In the Facebook Messenger app, QR codes can be used to add your friends to your contact list. In this sense, the QR around the profile picture contains the information necessary to start chatting with your new contacts.

These are the steps you have to follow:

one. You can check that the profile picture Your account is full of lines and dots around it touching on it in the tab Start from Facebook Messenger.

two. To start chatting with a friend that you still don't have added, you should do the same as in the previous point on your mobile. Your profile picture is your QR code.

3. Now go to the pestaa Persons at the bottom of the screen and tap on the option scan code.

4. Vers that opens an internal camera of the app. Frame your friend's QR code inside the circle well and wait a few seconds until a new conversation opens. You can start chatting now.

How to scan Snapchat QR codes on iPhone

Similar to Facebook Messenger, Snapchat also includes the ability to add your friends using a QR code that each account has automatically associated. This is a very fast way to start following celebrities too.

These are the steps you have to follow:

one. First of all, you need to find the QR code corresponding to the friend or celebrity you want to add. In our case, we have searched Google for the QR code of Madonna and we take a picture.

Your friend can pass you his QR by taking a screenshot of his Snapchat profile from his iPhone or smartphone Android.

two. Next, we open the Snapchat app and tap on our profile picture. There you can see your own QR code and also the option Add friends. Touch on her.

3. Then, go to the section Snapcdigo and select the photo or screenshot with the QR code in question. Finally, tap on Add friend.

How to scan WhatsApp QR codes on iPhone

In the case of WhatsApp, QR codes are used to connect to your account from a web browser or from the computer application. It is, therefore, a way to speed up the session initiation process and offers an extra layer of security.

These are the steps you have to follow:

one. Use your preferred web browser to go to the page of WhatsApp Web or for download the application for Mac or Windows. There you will find an automatically created QR code.

two. Now, open the WhatsApp application on your iPhone and go to the section Configuration from the bottom of your screen. There, select the option Scan QR code.

3. Scan the code of point 1 from your iPhone. You see that the process does not take a second and that normally you will not have to worry about framing the code well.

4. Now you can enjoy WhatsApp from your computer.

How to scan Spotify QR codes on iPhone

QR codes have also reached Spotify. They are visually a little different from the traditional ones, since instead of being square they are rectangular and their shape resembles that of a sound wave.

They will help you to quickly access an album or a song. It may be the case, for example, that you have been using Spotify from another mobile device and now want to listen to the same list of successes from your iPhone.

These are the steps you have to follow:

one. Access the song, album or playlist you want to have direct access to listen to later. Touch on the three dots that you will find in the upper right corner and take a screenshot or a photo of the new page.

two. Open the Spotify app on your iPhone. Touch on the option Search for from the bottom of your screen, followed by the icon of the camera that you will find on the right side of the search bar.

3. Now, tap on Select from photos and select the photo taken in point 1. You can also scan the song code, album or list directly from the other device.

4. Now you can enjoy the song, the album or the list in question from your iPhone.