The 6 Best Barcode Scanner Apps for Android and iPhone

Just want to know that price? Scan it with your phone

If you need to find the best shopping deals, keep track of your books, quickly assemble a grocery list, or just scan a QR code, these apps can help.

The information below should apply to any smartphone, regardless of manufacturer.

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Barcode Scanner: The Best Barcode Scanner for iPhone

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If you simply need an app to scan barcodes and decipher QR codes, the Barcode Scanner app is what you're seeking. With a fast scanner, the ability to track all scanning history, and tools to create your own QR codes, Barcode Scanner takes the cake—that is, as long as you are willing to pay the monthly subscription price after your free trial.

What We Like
  • Simple to use interface.

  • Quick and efficent barcode/QR code scanner.

  • Easily activate flashlight for scanning in dark scenarios.

  • History of all past scans.

  • Ability to create your own QR codes.

  • Easily search the web for more info.

What We Don't Like
  • $2.99 a month for a barcode app feels expensive.

  • Web search merely dumps you into a Google webpage.

  • Available only for iOS devices.

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ShopSavvy: When You Want the Best Deal

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If you enjoy hunting down the best deals and bargains, the free ShopSavvy app is perfect for your coupon-clipping arsenal. Although you can easily search for any item, the true power of the app comes from its barcode scanner.

Merely scan any item to compare the best prices across the app’s database of retailers. Once an item is scanned, the mobile app recommends different purchasing options and products.

What We Like
  • Fast way to research pricing.

  • Fast, accurate scanning.

  • Large retailer database.

  • Save scanned items to account.

  • Completely free.

  • Easy-to-use interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Notifications for deals you probably don't care about.

  • No way to remove ads.

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GoodReads: Keep an Inventory of Your Library

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Goodreads is a free mobile app that allows you to keep track of every book you've read and intend to read. One of the most undervalued features of the app is its built-in book scanner, allowing you to save books to a "to be read" list or easily pull up reviews.

What We Like
  • Extremely accurate.

  • Scan either the barcode or entire book cover.

  • Completely free.

  • Includes a great community for readers.

What We Don't Like
  • No easy way to compare book pricing.

  • Provided reviews are limited to Goodreads.

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Discogs: Join The Vinyl Revolution With Ease

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Similar to the Goodreads app, Discogs allows you to scan and sort your vinyl records. Scan the barcode of your new records into the Discogs database, or use the manual entry option for anything manufactured before barcodes were invented. Discogs also includes an avid community of vinyl fans to chat with after you've imported your collection.

What We Like
  • Vast database of vinyl releases from around the world.

  • Other formats include cassette, minidisc, 8-track, reel to reel, and CD.

  • Completely free.

  • Excellent scanning feature for physical media.

  • Active, vibrant community for hobbyists.

What We Don't Like
  • Community features are limited mostly to the website.

  • Obscure media releases may not be listed.

  • Not all vinyl records have barcodes.

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Out of Milk: Make the Perfect Grocery List

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Use this app's barcode scanner to quickly assemble a shopping list or keep track of items in your pantry. Before you toss that carton of milk, launch the mobile app and scan the barcode to add it to your shopping list. Out of Milk might be the solution to help keep your kitchen stocked, especially if you always forget to make a list.

What We Like
  • Completely free.

  • A great way to track your food products.

  • Tracks item prices.

  • Sort foods into shopping or pantry list.

What We Don't Like
  • Food products require manual price entry.

  • No local retailer pricing given for scanned items.

  • No way to remove ads.

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Think Dirty: Keep Your Beauty Products Clean

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The Think Dirty app is the perfect companion for a healthy and environmentally conscious cosmetic or personal care product fanatic. Simply scan your shampoo, conditioner, foundation, lipstick, or other product's barcode with your phone to learn about its contents. The team behind Think Dirty rates products on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being the cleanest. Products with high rating numbers might contain carcinogens, developmental or reproductive toxicity, immune system toxins, and more.

What We Like
  • Fast and easy way to stay health-conscious about personal care products.

  • Straightforward and easy-to-understand rating system.

  • Completely free.

  • Shop directly from the app.

  • Create lists of products you deem dirty or clean.

What We Don't Like
  • Application interface could use some simplification.

  • Mandatory beginner tutorial can be frustrating and obtrusive.

  • Ads call into question the impartiality of app creators toward brands.

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