Using QR Codes With Your iPhone

While QR codes aren't used as much today as just a few years ago, it is nice to know that when you encounter one you can access the URL using your iPhone's Camera app, without needing to install anything else. If you'd like to create a QR code that links to a specific page on your website, you can use Google's URL shortener as a quick and trustworthy method.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Using QR Codes With Your iPhone”

    Richard Fuhr
    1 year ago

    What if the QR code is not associated with a web page? For example, I just got a ticket to a conference that I will be attending. The ticket has a QR code, but when I scanned it, with my iPhone it did not recognize it as a link to a web page or anything else. Maybe the code only means something to the conference organizers and they will use it to validate my ticket. How does that work?

    1 year ago

    Richard: A QR code is just an encoded bit of data. If that data is a URL, then this method will decode that URL and take you to that web page. If it is something else, then that information only means something in that content. It is no different than a piece of text. The text “macmost.com” is a URL, but the text “ticket number 927392 to event X” is not a URL but makes sense to a device or app scanning for tickets.

    SCERRI Emmanuel
    1 year ago

    Thanks for a great video.

    Roger
    1 year ago

    I just discovered a QR code on my twitter account on the iPhone. I don’t see it anywhere on the desktop version. Hit your profile its on the bottom right. Scanning it brings you to the persons twitter profile. It’s been there for a quite I few updates I think just never have taken a good look at everything on my profile.
    As always Mr. Rosenzweig thanks for the info and all videos you put out.

    Ian Leckie
    1 year ago

    Gary, thanks so much for this video! Even as a long-time iPhone user I was completely unaware of this function, which will be very useful as here in Germany magazines are full of QR codes! I just tried it out on my iPhone X with the QR in your video — it works! Regards, Ian.

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