Below are five great QR code scanners that you can use to scan any QR code or barcode. The process is simple and easy. After installing and opening the app, point your device’s camera at the QR code or barcode and let the app do its magic. There are tons of QR code scanners out there, but the ones I’ve selected for you below have been specially selected for students and teachers based on my own experience reviewing apps.

In a previous post, I shared with you a collection of some of the best QR code generator tools to use with students to create QR codes from various types of data, including web URLs, videos, business cards, and more. I also discussed the myriad ways to integrate QR code technology into your teaching.

Today’s post is a continuation of this series of posts about QR codes and their potential in education. Iy has what I think are some of the best QR code scanners to use with your students to decode information embedded in barcodes and QR codes.

For those of you using the Chrome mobile browser on iOS devices, the Chrome app as I learned from Techcrunchoffers a built-in scanning feature that you can access by clicking on the app icon or searching for it using Spotlight.
For those of you using iOS devices (eg iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), you can use the built-in QR scanner in your camera to read barcodes and QR codes. Here’s how it goes works:
  • “Open the Camera app from the Home screen, Control Center, or Lock screen.
  • Select the rear camera. Hold your device so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder in the Camera app. Your device recognizes the QR code and displays a notification.
  • Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code.”

However, using a third-party QR scanner gives you more features. For example, it allows you to save a history of your scanned codes, share your history with others, export scanned QR codes to cloud storage websites like iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox, and much more.

1. Google Lens (Android and iOS )

This is definitely my favorite on this list. Although it’s available as a standalone app on the Google Play Store, Google Lens isn’t available on the iOS App Store, and the only way to access it is through the Google Search app and the Google Photos app. Google Lens lets you search what you see using your own device’s camera.

With one tap, you’ll be able to scan, translate and copy text on your phone. Students can use it for a wide variety of educational purposes, including: learning new vocabulary, discovering names of objects (eg plants, animals, etc.), identifying and learning landmarks, historical facts, and much more.

2. Kaspersky QR Scanner (iOS and Android)

Another good QR code scanner that students can use to explore the digital world around them. In addition to scanning digital materials, Kaspersky offers fraud protection services that allow users to safely interact with scanned codes. Its reader sends “instant warnings when a QR code contains a dangerous link or directs you to a malicious website.” All scanned codes are saved on your mobile device so you can easily access them at any time. (Age+17)

3. QR code and barcode scanner (iOS)

QR code scanner

Using this app, you will be able to scan any QR code or barcode you come across. You can also use it to create and share your QR codes. Other features it provides include: the ability to manage “unlimited history and keep it synced via iCloud on all your devices, export your scan history to a CSV file, save your scans to spreadsheets you create using Number or Excel , import scans to cloud storage platforms of your choice such as Dropbox or Google Drive, share content from internal apps as QR codes, use Spotlight to search your QR codes, and more. (Age: +17)

4. QR Code Reader ϟ (iOS)

QR Code Reader ϟ is another useful QR code scanner that turns your iOS device into a digital scanner. It offers a wide variety of features, including scanning QR codes and barcodes, automatically detecting scans by simply pointing and holding, the ability to generate your own QR codes, exporting your QR codes as PNG or SVG, approving websites before check, and the ability to export your scans via CSV.

5. Barcos – Barcode Scanner (iOS)

Barcos – Barcode Scanner allows you to easily scan coded content in barcodes and QR codes. Some of the cool features it offers include: access, edit and share your history scans; create your own QR code for data such as web links, plain text, symbols, numbers, etc.; export and share scanned barcodes and QR codes to social media, cloud or mail; batch scan to help you scan multiple codes at once and much more.

You can also use Barcos – Barcode Scanner when shopping to “compare prices and detailed information for any product on Amazon and eBay. You can also find any product details on Web and Google Product Search. Find the price quotes and sale from different sellers to make the best decision when buying a product.”

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