How to Scan a Qr Code on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to scan a QR code on iPhone! QR codes are becoming increasingly popular, and knowing how to scan them can be incredibly useful. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of scanning a QR code using your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Camera App

To begin, unlock your iPhone and locate the Camera app on your home screen. Tap on it to open the camera.

Step 2: Position the QR Code in the Camera Frame

Once you have opened the camera app, position your iPhone so that the QR code is within the camera frame. It’s important to ensure that the entire QR code is visible and not cut off.

Step 3: Wait for the Camera to Recognize the Code

After positioning your iPhone correctly, wait for a moment while the camera focuses and recognizes the QR code. You may see a notification at the top of your screen indicating that a QR code has been detected.

Step 4: Tap on the Notification Banner

If you see a notification banner at the top of your screen indicating that a QR code has been detected, tap on it. This will open a preview window with more information about what’s encoded in the QR code.


  • If you don’t see a notification banner, make sure you have enabled “Scan QR Codes” in your Settings > Camera.
  • If you’re scanning a website URL, tapping on it will open it in Safari. For other types of data such as contact information or event details, tapping on it will prompt you to take further action.

Step 5: Take Action or Dismiss the Preview Window

Depending on the type of information encoded in the QR code, you can choose to take action or dismiss the preview window. For example, if it’s a website URL, you can tap on it to open it in Safari. If it’s contact information, you can add it to your contacts by tapping on the respective option.


If you decide to dismiss the preview window and want to scan another QR code, simply position your iPhone back within the camera frame again, and wait for it to be recognized.

That’s it! You now know how to scan a QR code using your iPhone. Whether you come across QR codes in advertisements, websites, or other places, you can easily scan them and interact with their contents using your iPhone’s built-in camera app.

Pro tip: There are also several third-party QR code scanner apps available on the App Store that offer additional features and functionalities. Feel free to explore these apps if you want more advanced scanning options!

Happy scanning!

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