How to Scan a QR Code on Samsung

And what to do if you have trouble

What to Know

  • In the Camera app, tap the Settings gear, and turn on Scan QR codes. Then, point the camera at the QR code.
  • On older Samsungs, open the Camera and tap Bixby Vision, then swipe left to go to the QR Code scanner.
  • If you have a photo or screenshot of a QR code, use the Samsung Internet app's built-in QR code scanner.

This article explains how to scan a QR code on Samsung. Instructions apply broadly to all Samsung phones and tablets.

Does Samsung Have a QR Scanner?

All Samsungs have built-in QR scanning tools. There are multiple ways to scan QR codes with a Samsung device:

  • Use the Camera app
  • Use Quick Tiles
  • Use Bixby Vision
  • Use the Samsung Internet app

How Do I Scan a QR Code With My Samsung?

Your options for scanning QR codes depend on your model. If one of the methods below doesn't work, try another.

Scan QR Codes With the Samsung Camera App

If your Samsung device runs Android 9 or later, the Camera app has a built-in QR scanner. Here's how to enable it:

  1. Open the Camera app.

  2. Tap the Settings gear.

  3. Turn on Scan QR codes if it's not already enabled. You only have to do this once.

    Camera app, Settings gear, and Scan QR Codes toggle on Samsung Galaxy.
  4. Go back to the Camera app and point it at the QR code.

  5. Hold the camera still for a few seconds. The app will read the QR code. Tap the pop-up window to follow the link.

    QR code and Pop-up window in Samsung Camera app.

Scan QR Codes via Quick Tiles

Samsung devices with Android 9 and up also have a QR scanner shortcut in the Quick Tiles menu:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen twice to open Quick Tiles.

  2. Tap Scan QR code.

    If you don't see the Scan QR code tile, swipe right and tap Add (+), then drag it into your Quick Tiles.

  3. When the Camera app opens, point it at the QR code to scan it.

    If the QR Code doesn't scan, tap the Settings Gear and make sure Scan QR codes is enabled.

    Down arrow, Scan QR Codes Quick Tile, and QR Pop-up window in Samsung Camera app

Scan QR Codes With Samsung Bixby Vision

If you have an older Samsung device, you can scan QR codes using Bixby Vision:

  1. Open the Camera app.

  2. Tap Bixby Vision. Tap Allow if prompted.

  3. Swipe left to go to the QR Code scanner.

  4. Point your camera at the QR code to scan it.

    Bixby Vision, QR code icon and Pop-up window in Samsung Camera app.

Scan QR Codes in a Web Browser or From Your Photos

If you have a photo of a QR code, or you if see a QR code online, you can scan it using the Samsung Internet app.

  1. Using your Samsung phone, take a screenshot or photo the QR code you want to scan.

  2. Open the Samsung Internet app.

  3. Tap the three-line menu.

  4. Tap Settings.

    If you see the QR code scanner in the pop-up window, tap it and skip to step 9.

    Samsung Internet app, Three-line menu, and Settings.
  5. Tap Layout and menu > Customize Menu.

    On some devices, tap Useful features in the Settings menu to enable the QR code reader.

    Layout and menu and Customize Menu in Samsung Internet Settings.
  6. Tap and hold QR code scanner, then drag it down into the bottom window.

  7. Tap Back (<) to return to the browser.

    QR code scanner and Back in Samsung Internet Settings Customize menu.
  8. Tap the three-line menu again, then tap QR code scanner (you might have to scroll down in the pop-up menu to find it). Give the app permission to use your camera if prompted.

    Three-line menu in Samsung Internet app, QR code scanner, and permission options for the app to use the camera.
  9. Use your camera to scan a QR code, or tap the Photo icon to choose a photo on your device.

  10. Choose a photo or screenshot of a QR code. Your phone will automatically scan it and open the link in the browser.

    Photos icon in Samsung Internet QR Scanner and screenshot of a QR code.

Why Does My Samsung Not Scan QR Codes?

Check your camera's settings to make sure QR scanning is enabled. Your Samsung device may not support all of the methods outlined above. If none of them work for you, download an app for scanning QR codes on Android.

Other possible reasons you can't scan a QR code include:

  • You're holding your camera at an angle.
  • Your phone is too close or too far away.
  • The light is too dim.
  • The camera lens is dirty.
  • The code is too small or blurry.
  • The QR code link has expired.
  • How do I make a QR code?

    You'll need to use a third-party app to make your own QR code. You can also try an online option. Be careful, however, and only enter personal information into an app or platform from a reputable and trustworthy developer.

  • How do I scan a QR code on iPhone?

    In iOS 11 and later, you can scan QR codes through the onboard Camera app. Open the app and point the camera at the code, and it will automatically read it and provide a link you can copy, share, or open.

  • What does "QR code" mean?

    The "QR" stands for "Quick Response." The system originated in 1994, when Denso Wave engineer Masahiro Hara devised it to easily track vehicles and parts during manufacturing.

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