QR codes are just about everywhere you go these days. It’s almost hard to believe that a year ago they were mostly popular among techies and in Japan. You can find them in most corporate stores today, and they are becoming equally popular in small businesses and on individual products. Go to virtually any convention and you will find them on signage, business cards, and more. If you have been noticing these codes when you are out and about but don’t yet know just how to scan and use them, this post should help make it simple.
The very beauty of QR codes is how easy they are to use. Printing a link on a sign means hoping that those reading it will either write down the link or commit it to memory. The same goes with business cards- we hand them out and have to hope that they don’t get lost or tossed out. QR codes change that.
The first thing you need to do is to install a QR code reader on your phone. You will find a number of posts in our archives that will point you to top QR code readers for virtually every mobile device type on the market. Find a reader that has favorable reviews and install the app.
With the app installed, you will find it easy to scan QR codes. All you need to do is open your app and use it to take a photo of the code. Depending on the app your next step may have a variety of names, but essentially it will ask you if you want to visit the target or perform the action. Accepting this will do anything from taking you to a website to generating an SMS message or adding the company to your contacts or Facebook friends. Most apps will also let you use a QR code sent from another mobile or located in your photos file, making it easy to go back to a code in the future or save it for later use.
Scanning QR codes is simple and requires only a reader and a camera. It is this simplicity that has helped them go viral and become so popular so quickly. Readers are available in most mobile phone markets free of charge, and with a quality reader you can scan codes anywhere and even share them with your friends.