The fastest way to scan a QR code on Android

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QR codes have become increasingly common as more of the world moves away from paper. All you need is your trusty Android phone to scan one, but how? We will show you the easiest and fastest way to do it.

As with many things in the Android world, there are a plethora of ways to scan a QR code. However, this is not something you want to play around with. The best method is the one that requires the fewest steps.

How to Scan a QR Code on a Samsung Galaxy

Some Android manufacturers have QR code detection built into the camera app. Scanning a QR code is as easy as taking a photo. Samsung Galaxy devices include this feature in the camera.

First, just open the camera app. There are also a few different ways to do it quickly.

Open the camera app.

Now just point the camera at the QR code and wait for it to be detected. You may need to position the camera for the QR code to appear clearly. Tap “Show Options” when the QR code popup appears.

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You will see what actions you can perform for the QR code. For example, if the QR code was for a URL, you can “Open in Browser” or “Copy”.

QR code options.

It’s as easy as that! It’s great that you can do this directly from the camera app.

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How to scan a QR code on Android

If the camera app on your Android phone doesn’t include a built-in QR code scanner, there’s still an easy way to do it quickly. We’ll use the handy Quick Settings tiles. This is also possible on Samsung phones, by the way.

First, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to reveal the full Quick Settings panel. Tap the pencil icon to edit the tiles.

Scroll down the list of tiles and find “Scan QR Code”. Touch and hold the tile to drag it to the Quick Settings area. On a Samsung phone that area is the bottom section, on others it’s the top.

drag the tile

When you have it where you want it, tap the back arrow or “Done” to save the position.

Tap the back arrow.

Now whenever you need to scan a QR code, just open the Quick Settings panel and tap on the tile. The scanner will immediately open and start searching for a QR code.

Scan to QR code.

QR codes are everywhere, but no one loves using them. Hopefully, once you see how easy it is to do, you’ll use them more often. There are also many ways to make your own!

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