22.07.2024
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How to read a QR code from the screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

This can be done even without third-party applications.

How to read a QR code from the screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

After blocking Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, many users moved to Telegram and VKontakte. In order not to lose contact with their subscribers, they publish QR codes that allow you to quickly go to their profiles in new services.

It is not difficult to scan a QR code on a computer screen with a smartphone camera, but what if you see the code on a smartphone and cannot read it with another device? There are several solutions, and they are quite simple, although not everyone knows about them.

How to read a QR code on the screen of an Android smartphone

First you need to save the QR code on your smartphone as an image. For example, you can just take a screenshot of the screen with it. On Android, this is usually done by pressing the power and volume down keys at the same time. Then the picture can be scanned.

1. Via Google Photos

If you use Google Photos, just open the image with the code and click Lens.

How to read a QR code from screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

How to read a QR code from the screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

A link will appear over the picture, which was encrypted. By clicking on it, you can go.

2. Through pre-installed applications

Many smartphones have a pre-installed application for reading QR and bar codes. For example, on Xiaomi and Poco it is called “Scanner”.

How to read a QR code from your smartphone screen on Android and iOS

How to read a QR code from the screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

The application can read both through the camera and from an image saved on the device – just select a picture from memory by clicking on the gallery icon.

3. Through third-party applications

Many third-party scanners that can be installed from the Play Store work in the same way. Example below.

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How to read QR code on iPhone screen

On Apple devices, the principle is the same: first you need to save the QR code. There are several ways to take a screenshot:

  • on an iPhone with Face ID, press the side key and the volume up button at the same time;
  • on an iPhone with Touch ID, the Home button and the side key.

Next, the code can be read in two ways.

1. Via Photos

The standard Photos application allows you to read a QR code from an image if the Text Scanner function is enabled in iPhone settings. It is located in the “Language and Region” section.

How to read a QR code from your smartphone screen on Android and iOS

How to read a QR code from the screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

After activating it, a swipe icon will appear on the picture with the code in the Photos application. Click on it and you can follow the link in Safari.

How to read a QR code from your smartphone screen on Android and iOS

How to read a QR code from the screen of your smartphone on Android and iOS

Here we also note that the reading icon sometimes appears even without saving the code to the device, for example, when it is opened in the messenger chat – this is even more convenient.

2. Through third-party apps

As with Android, there are many third-party scanners available in the App Store that can work with images. In them, just select an image with a code from the gadget's memory and click on the link.

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