The term ‘QR code’ is an abbreviation for quick response codes. They are two dimensional barcodes that much resemble traditional barcodes especially in color. They were first created in Japan by a corporation called Denso-Wave. Thanks to these codes, you can now get credible information about a company’s location, products and services and even personal contact details of a person.
How do QR codes work?
It is simple. All you need is:
- A Smartphone
- QR code scanning app
Some phones come with a pre-installed scanner while for others, you will be required to download it from your phone’s apps store. Thanks to QR readers, clients are able to get contact information with ease.
QR codes and readers have also reduced the chances of you browsing on fake sites that are full of malicious software. This is because, QR codes are only used by legit companies and most of them, when scanned, redirect the scan to their websites.
Once you have the application installed in your Smartphone, you open it and hold the phone’s camera against the QR code you wish to scan. Most QR code scanners immediately detect a QR code when the camera is held against the code while other phones will need you to click on the button for capturing images.
Once the scan has been completed, you will be shown the results and it could either be, but not limited to, a text, link, be redirected to a website or a short message.
QR Code scanner online
Those people who do not want to install a QR code scanner can also enjoy the benefits that come with scanning a QR code by using a QR code scanner online. These are scanners that are found online and help you scan QR codes you come across online. They are also easy to use.
Here is a list of reliable QR code scanners that can be downloaded and used for different phone types.