Best QR Code Reader Apps on iPhone

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If you’ve been paying any attention at all lately to the advertisements around you, then you’ll have noticed the growing presence of QR codes. In order to scan a QR code with your smartphone, you’ll first need to download a QR code reader app. There are plenty of different QR reading apps available for the iPhone, but if you’ve used some of the lower tier readers, then you already know that there are significant differences between the various QR reading apps.

Here are brief descriptions of the leading QR reading apps for the iPhone:

Scan – Scan is my personal favorite since I find it the most convenient to use. As soon as you tap the app to open it, Scan is already doing what it’s meant to do: scan. As opposed to some of the weaker apps which take forever to scan a QR code properly, I’ve never had to wait more than a few seconds for Scan to take me where I want to go. Best of all, you don’t even need to hover your smartphone right on top of the QR code, so it can also be used for hard-to-reach QR codes like those on public transportation.

QuickMark. QuickMark is another option for a user-friendly QR reading app, with a platform that allows users to do whatever they would like effortlessly. Its features allow users to create their own QR codes, scan QR codes, and easily share data with others.



QR App. If you’re looking for simplicity in your QR reading app, then perhaps QR App is the ideal choice for you. Launch the QR App and it will immediately begin scanning the QR code in front of you. That’s all. There are no frills or fancy features included in this app, but if all you need is the ability to quickly scan QR codes, then any extra features might be more of a hindrance than an advantage anyway.


Optiscan – Optiscan claims to be the single fastest QR reader on the market for iPhone users, and many iPhone users vouch for the truth of this claim. I’m not certain that it is necessarily faster than other options, but it is certainly an effective QR reader with an attractive design. Unfortunately, an app of this quality does not come for free—the Optiscan QR reader costs $1.99.


NeoReader – NeoReader appears to be a useful QR reader, though there is little to distinguish it from its competitors. It doesn’t immediately begin scanning upon launching the app, which is frustrating if you are used to the automatic function. However, the scanning ability happens to be particularly strong, and this is certainly a strong draw for many of its users.

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