How to Scan QR Codes from Control Center on iPhone

You can use the Code Scanner to scan Quick Response (QR) codes for links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more. The iPhone camera automatically detects and highlights a QR code.

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You can use the Code Scanner to scan Quick Response (QR) codes for links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more. The iPhone camera automatically detects and highlights a QR code.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 11 and higher

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A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read by devices with camera or specialized barcode reader. Some QR codes even allow users to pay for goods, such as groceriess, as an alternative form of touchless payment.

The dedicated scanner is helpful for scanning QR codes in dark environments, as it enables you to use your camera’s flash as a light to illuminate the code.

First, open the Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and choose the Control Center option. See below image:

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Accessing Control Center option

Now, scroll down and tap the “+” icon next to the Code Scanner option. See following image:

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About to add the Code Scanner option to the Control Center

Now, the Code Scanner control will be added to the bottom of the Control Center. You will see the Code Scanner option with a “” icon just above the More Controls section. This indicates that the Code Scanner is now embedded in the Control Center. Refer to below image:’

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The Code Scanner added to the Control Center

It’s now time to use the feature to scan a QR code.To open Control Center, swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone’s screen.

Next, tap the new Code Scanner control. See below image:

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The QR icon in the Control Center

This will open a dedicated QR code scanning interface. Just point your iPhone’s camera toward the QR code. See following image:

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Scanning a QR code with the iPhone camera

It will be scanned after a second, and your iPhone will automatically open the designated app to complete the action. In our example, we are opening the USPS website regarding a customer experience questionarre. Refer to below image:

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Opening the website corresponding to the QR code

You are finished. Also, you can use your iPhone to create your own QR code, like pointing to your website or Facebook page. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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