QR Code Types Examples and Explanations

Types of QR codes that you can make:

URL Based QR Codes are QR codes which when created can bring you to any website URL or WWW address on the Internet. In order to see an example of how this code works just take any QR code scanner and scan it. After you have scanned it your phone will either bring you to the websites destination. In the example to the right when scanned will bring you right back to this page if scanned from any device or read from any QR code reader. If you scanned it you should be at this web address http://orangeqr.com/qr-code-types.com/ . With URL based QR codes you can track how many scans they receive, the location they where scanned from, and much more into detail using our QR code tracking tools. If you are creative you can use URL based QR codes in many ways like getting people to sign up for a newsletter or review your business from their cellphones while they are at your business or event. You can even put URL based QR codes on mailing pieces, billboard advertisements, shop windows, bumper stickers, maps, fliers, cards, containers, coffee mugs, t-shirts, baseball camps, key chains, business cards and more. If you cant come up with any ideas on how to use URL based QR codes just check out our blog where you will find tons of resources to put them to great use. When you create URL or any type of QR codes on our site you can change the colors of them and put them on photos or any type of images.


meCard QR Codes are QR codes which when scanned will provide a persons contact details for your phone so that it can be programmed into your address book. This is useful because it saves lots of time entering information into a person’s phone and will prevent any human error with typo’s or misheard information. meCard QR codes also known as contact card QR codes are great for events, business networking, conventions, business cards, trade shows or any type of event people need to exchange their business information. If you where down to your last business card you can still give thousands of people your information with just one contact card QR code. Just imagine how clever you can be the next time someone asks you for your information. a meCard QR code is different from a vCard QR code as you will see in our next QR code because it shares the essentials information you would typically find on a business card where a vCard as you will see can share even more information if needed and includes some extra data. Scan this meCard QR code and see the dummy information that we used when creating it. It should load John Doe’s name and address with his phone number, web address and company name. Once this information has been entered into a phone it can also be used if someone needed directions to John’s business. They could simply click on his address and depending on which phone you are using get instant directions to John Doe’s place of business.


vCard QR codes are QR codes which when scanned provide you with contact information just like a meCard QR code however they usually hold more information then a meCard. The things that a vCard QR code has that a meCard QR code does not is a firld for a Salutation, Job Title, mobile phone, work phone, full address with zip code, and country. So depending on how much information you want to share you can choose if you want to use a meCard Qr code or a vCard QR code. The only benefit you are going to get with using a vCard over a meCard is being able to have a more detailed contact QR code. This can be more helpful if you do a lot of business with people out of town who will require your state and zip code in order to do business with. This is also a great way for storing family information and can be printed on a Christmas card to let the recipients program that family members contact information into their phones easily. As you can see there are many different types of uses for contact information QR codes like these.


Calendar Event QR codes are QR code which when scanned will tell you the date of an event so it can be remember or entered directly into your phones calendar. These are often found on concert tickets, wedding invitations, event tickets or just any thing you should remember to show up for. Calendar event QR codes once scanned will produce the title of the event with a description, location, start date, end date, start time, and ending time. These are also great for use around the office. If everyone in the workplace uses a smart phone you can make them scan the QR code as a quick note on the way out so they can remember a certain event they need to attend with out having to write it down. These little time savers can do wonders even for wedding invitations sent out to the family or concert tickets to help fans set reminders to come to the show on their mobile phones. Calendar Qr codes will change the way we use QR bar codes forever.


Email QR codes are QR codes when scanned will provide you with an email address. An email QR code should only be used if you only want to provide an email address for a purpose when a QR code is scanned. These types of QR codes are good for many purposes where someone will want to respond to an advertisement quickly using their smart phone.




Phone QR Codes are QR codes which when scanned will produce a phone number to be called from your phone. These are great for advertisements where instant action is to be taken. If you run any type of restaurant or service business these are great to put on advertisements or your vehicle because it can be easier and safer for people to use when driving although we would never recommend doing the two together. Phone QR codes work well with Pizza delivery places, billboard advertising and much more.  I am sure you will be able to come up with lots of ideas if you think of all the places you can place a phone number on.



Plain text QR codes are special Qr codes which when scanned will produce a message on your phone. These types of Qr codes are great for treasure hunts or revealing secret information such as clues or the answer to a riddle. Plain text QR codes can be easily created and basically encode the text you want with in the QR code so that when it is scanned the scanner will reveal the message.




SMS text message QR Codes are QR codes which will produce a text message that is ready to be sent with a message when scanned. These are great for subscribing to text message notifications from companies for specials or to get regular coupons. It is also a perfect way to have people respond to an advertisement for a cab company to let them know you want to be picked up. A SMS text message QR code could even be used to make restaurant reservations to cut down on a busy phone line when people cannot get through. I am sure there are many other ways that a SMS text message QR code can be used if you think outside the box.



GPS Map Coordinate QR Codes are great for realtors or real estate companies because people can scan them to get directions to a house to look at. These GPS QR codes are a great way to even give directions to a business. IF you scan them it will bring up the location on your phone. by clicking the navigation options on your smart phone you should be able to use your phones GPS navigation software to get directions to your QR code destination. With android phones GPS map QR codes can by used to get directions using Google maps which is installed on most android phones. We are sure the same similar apps are setup on a lot of other smart phones like the iPhone.


Social Media QR Codes are a perfect way to get more likes for your website or business. Imagine putting one of these codes for face book likes on your shop window so everyone who likes your store can recommend it to their face book friends. With our social media QR code generator you can generate codes even for Twitter, 4 Square, Normal Facebook profiles, and Youtube. By generating these Social QR codes you will be able to connect anyone to your profiles or become instantly more popular with the scan of a cell phone.




Wifi Network Info QR Codes are a good to provide wireless access information for mobile devices to connect. With the more processing power of any smart phone comes the need for more bandwidth. So many people are using their smart phones to connect to Wifi networks in coffee shops or their favorite diner to make video calls or watch streaming media on their phone without any hiccups.






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