Scanning QR Codes with Android 8.0, 9.0, and 10.0

If your smartphone uses Android version 8.0 or higher, it’s a good bet that it can scan QR Codes with an app. Here are three options you can use to do so:

Google Screen Search

To scan a QR Code with Google Screen Search, you don’t need an app. You can use the following steps to scan a QR Code:

  1.  Point your camera at the QR Code.
  2.  Hold down the “Home” button and swipe up to reveal the options at the bottom.
  3.  Select “What’s on my screen?”
  4.  The short URL connected to the QR Code’s information will then appear.

Google Lens in the Assistant

This is a super-easy way to scan QR Codes without an app. To use Google Lens in the Assistant to scan a QR Code, here are the steps:

  1.  Hold down the “Home” button to bring up the Assistant.
  2.  Depending on your version of Assistant, the Lens button may automatically appear. If not, click on the row of dots at the bottom, and then the Lens button will appear on the left-hand side.
  3.  If you haven’t used Lens before, you’ll need to enable it to use your camera. Once that’s finished or if you’ve already set this up, direct your camera at the QR Code and it will scan it.

The Google Lens app

You can also access Google Lens via the Google Lens App. In order to scan a QR Code with the Google Lens App, download it from the Google Play Store and follow the same directions as above beginning with point 2.

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