Tech Tuesday: How to Scan QR Codes Using Your Smartphone in PNG


How to Scan QR Codes Using Your Smartphone in PNG

QR codes are becoming common in Papua New Guinea, from restaurant menus and advertisements to digital business cards, serving as a convenient and effective means of sharing information. Not everyone is used to scanning QR codes, so what do you do when you come across one? How can you scan it with your Smartphone?

When faced with a QR code, the usual method involves using your camera app. You simply point the phone camera at the QR code and access the link from there.  But what if you cannot do this on your phone model?

Is it possible to take a picture and scan a QR code from your photo gallery? Absolutely! Whether you’re using Android or iOS (iPhone or iPad) devices, you can scan a QR code from an image stored in your camera roll, without requiring any additional apps. Start by taking a screenshot of the QR code on your device, and then follow the instructions provided below, tailored for your iOS or Android device.

How to scan a QR code from a photo on Android devices:

While not all Android devices offer a built-in option for scanning QR codes from photos, the methods may vary depending on your specific device.

For general Android devices, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Gallery app.
  2. Select the photo with the QR code.
  3. Tap the share icon, then choose Google Search Image to utilize Google Lens and read the QR code.

For Google devices, follow these steps:

  1. Open your camera and switch to Google Assistant mode.
  2. Choose a picture from the gallery that contains the QR code.
  3. Select the link located above the QR code.

How to scan a QR code from a photo on iOS (iPhone or iPad) devices:

Apple devices simplify the process of scanning QR codes directly from your photo gallery thanks to the live dictation button. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the picture or screenshot in the Photos app.
  2. Click on the live text dictation button located in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap on the QR code to access the associated link.

Go ahead and try it out on the next QR code you see. It’s easier than you think!

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