How to Scan QR Codes on an Android Phone

QR Codes may not be as prolific as before, but they are still very useful for sharing information quickly. The problem is that it's not always clear how to digitize one. If you are an Android user, here is the lean.

The easiest way: use Google Lens in the wizard

You may not realize it, but if your phone has Google Assistant, you have a simple, fast, and native way to scan QR codes right into your device.

First, long press the Home button to display Wizard.

Depending on the version of the wizard you have, you could have the Lens button right there as soon as the wizard appears. Most likely, however, you must press it to prevent it from listening to a voice command. Just tap on the colored dots.

Once you stop listening, new options become available: Lens on the left of the mic, keyboard on the right. Press the "Lens" button.

If you use Lens for the first time, you must activate it. Just follow the instructions and give him access to the camera. In the first round, this will give you a quick overview of what you can do with Lens.

Simply drag the cursor and move the QR into the camera's field of view. In a few seconds, it will show you what is the QR – just tap on it to run it. So, in our test case, typing on the QR allows access to howtogeek.com.

Easy peasy.

Second option: use the Google Lens app

Some may argue that it is actually Easier that option one, and to that, I say … maybe. The only reason I consider that the first option is simpler is that your phone already has it: virtually all modern Android phones come with wizard, so there is no need to install another application .

But if you want to install other applications first, you are there.

First, start the Google Play Store and get started the Google Lens page. Install this naughty boy.

Once installed, you will need to give it permissions and more (assuming you have not already done so in the wizard).

From there, just scan your QR code.

Done and done. Now, whenever you need to scan a QR, turn on Lens and do it. So fast.

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