I see QR codes springing up everywhere, and naturally, I wanted that functionality on my iPhone. There’s a free app in the App Store, ScanIt, that will allow you to use your iPhone’s camera to scan a QR code. Then depending on what type of information is contained within the code, it will launch the appropriate app.

An email address will launch the Contacts app while a URL will launch the website in Mobile Safari. This is a single-functionality app, so it will not scan barcodes. But for a free QR scanning app, this is a must have.

Here’s a cool way that I’ve integrated this into my life…

Grab this QR generator bookmarklet, and add it to your Safari bookmarks on your desktop or iPhone. It lets you quickly generate a QR code for whichever website you’re browsing. Save the image, print it out, tape it to your desk or wall, and you can quickly launch a favorite website. Alternatively, you can use this free QR Code Generator to quickly make a custom one with any data.

Now if you generate a QR code for your Chrome-to-iPhone or Receive With KeepItWithMe URLs, you can have a dynamic QR to quickly launch a website. If you use any of the iPhone app URL schemes, you can launch your favorite app quickly. Or if you keep all of product manuals, you could tape a QR code for a company’s website or support hotline to the cover of the manual for quick access.

What else can you make this do for you?

  • iPhoneDownloadBlogReader

    I guess everybody missed it today, but GreenPois0n now jb’s iPod 2g…came out bout a day ago and only report I’ve seen were on Redmondpie. Works great

    • iPhoneDownloadBlogReader

      sorry to post out of place

  • Anyone now, when unlock will come for iphone 3gs?

    • iPhoneDownloadBlogReader

      Download Redsnow from Cydia

    • Shrike1978

      In 4.2 most likely. @sherif_hashim and @musclenerd have announed initial success but are holding back for the release of 4.2 in November so Apple won’t patch it before release.

  • OK another FREE app, good tip.

  • brent

    I might be missing something here, but what’s the advantage to doing what you describe over just saving a regular Safari bookmark for your favorite website? A LOT fewer steps. Attaching the QR code to the front of a manual might be ok, except that I think it would still be quicker to pull up a regular bookmark for a support site. But like I said, I might be missing something.

  • Kevin

    There’s another free QR scanning app that’s an actual app without the hassle of making a home screen bookmark. It’s called i-nigma and it works great.