scan qr codes

You can scan QR codes and documents from your iOS device Home screen. Here’s how you can make the most of these tools and get on with your workday. 

Scan QR codes

QR codes are found also everywhere these days, each digitally storing addresses, URLs, or other information. In iOS, Apple makes it simple to scan these codes via the Home screen.

Using the Camera app on Home screen

1) You can use 3D Touch with the Camera app to bring up the option, “Scan QR Code.” The first time you do so, you’ll see a message that reads:

Use the built-in Camera to scan any QR Code. When a code is detected, tap the notification or drag down on the notification to view more options.

2) Tap “Continue.”

3) Position your camera so that it can find the code. Once it does, it will scan automatically.

4) Subsequent times, you’ll be asked to perform steps 1 and 3-4.

Using the Control Center

There are two ways you scan a QR code from the Control Center, which is right off of your Home screen.

1) First, you can hard press on the Camera icon and tap “Scan QR Code.”

2) You can also tap on the Scan QR Code icon.

By default, this icon isn’t located in the Control Center. To add, go into the Settings app on your iOS device. Select Control Center > Customize Controls and then choose the green “+” next to Scan QR Code to add. Go back into the Control Center and tap the Scan QR Code icon.

Scan documents

Since iOS 11, you’ve been able to scan documents using the native Notes app.

Notes app on Home screen

You can now get to the Notes’ document scanner using gesture performed on the Home screen. Just press the Notes icon light to use the 3D Touch shortcuts menu. Tap Scan Document, then let it go.

On the Control Panel

Indeed, you can also scan a document from the Control Panel. To do so:

1) Tap on the Notes icon in the Control Center. By default, this isn’t installed.

To add, go into the Settings app on your iOS device. Select Control Center > Customize Controls and then choose the green “+” next to Notes to add.

2) Go back into the Control Center and tap the Notes icon, select “Scan Document.”

From here, you would scan the document as you normally would.

Wrapping it up

On iPhone and iPad, it has never been easier to scan QR codes and documents. Doing so will save you time so you can do more exciting things on your device like playing games or surf the web.

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