How to Generate a URL QR Code in Google Chrome on Android

google chrome QR code

There are many ways to share links from Google Chrome to Android. You can copy a URL or share it directly with another app. But it’s always good to have more options, and one of those options is QR codes.

A QR Code is a type of barcode that contains information that can be revealed when scanned by a QR code reader. They can be used to store various information, including URLs.

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In the example of the Chrome browser, the generated QR code links to the URL that you are sharing. You can display the QR code for a friend to scan or download for other purposes. Let’s start.

To use the QR code sharing function in Google chrome on Android, we will need to enable a few feature flags. Enabling these flags won’t change your browsing experience, but be aware that at the time of writing this article the feature is experimental. Turning on flags can cause problems later.

Open the “Chrome” application on your Android phone or tablet and enter chrome://flags in the address bar.

go to chrome flags page

Then, in the search bar of the “Chrome Flags” page, type “Sharing Hub”. Change the “Chrome Sharing Hub” flag from “Default” to “On”.

activate the sharing hub indicator

Before relaunching Chrome, enter “QR Code” in the search field. Set the “Chrome Share QRCodes” flag to “On”.

activate qr code indicator

Now press “Relaunch” to apply the changes.

relaunch chrome

With Google Chrome open again, navigate to the web page you want to share with a QR code. Once there, tap on the address bar and select the share icon.

select the share icon in the address bar

The “Share Sheet” will appear from the bottom of the screen. At the top of the sheet will be a “QR Code” option. Tap on it.

tap the qr code icon

The QR code will be generated and displayed on your screen. You can now let people scan it or press “Download” to save the QR code to your device and use it elsewhere.

share or download the qr code

You will also notice that there is a “Scan” tab at the top of this screen. This method also works as an easy way to open a QR code scanner (other than opening the camera app on your phone or tablet).

chrome qr code scanner

That’s all we can say about it. A QR code and scanner are now accessible with just a few clicks in your Android web browser whenever you need them.

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