How to scan QR codes with your Samsung Galaxy phone in 2 ways

Sarah Jacobs/Business InsiderYou can scan a QR code with a Samsung Galaxy using Bixby or the web browser.

You can think of QR codes as a sort of modern update to the traditional bar code.

When scanned with a QR code reader, they generally contain a small amount of text, images, or more commonly, a link to a website.

Most smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy series, can read QR codes without installing any additional software.

But the process of reading the QR code will vary depending upon which model you own.

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How to scan QR codes with a Samsung Galaxy using Bixby Vision

Most Galaxy models starting with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 have Bixby Vision built in.

1. Start the Camera app.

2. Tap “Bixby Vision” at the top of the screen.

QR 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderIf your phone has Bixby Vision, you’ll find it at the top of the Camera app.

3. If this is your first time launching Bixby Vision, you will need to give the app permission. Tap “Allow” on all the requests for permission that appear. You won’t ever need to do this again.

4. Point the phone so the camera can see the QR code. After a moment, a pop-up should appear with the contents of the QR code.

QR 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderAfter scanning a QR code, your phone should display a pop-up which you can tap to see the contents.

5. Tap the pop-up to read the text or to go to the link embedded in the QR code.

How to scan QR codes with Samsung Internet

If your Galaxy doesn’t have Bixby Vision, you can still read QR codes – you simply need to use the Samsung Internet browser app instead.

The first time you scan a QR code you’ll need to enable the feature in the app’s Settings menu. After that, you can skip this step and simply launch the QR reader.

1. Start the Samsung Internet app.

2. Tap the three vertical lines at the bottom right of the screen.

QR 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderTap the vertical lines menu to get to the Settings for Samsung Internet.

3. Tap “Settings,” and then tap “Useful features.”

4. Turn on QR code reader by sliding the button to the right.

QR 4Dave Johnson/Business InsiderThe QR reader is turned off by default, so you need to enable it.

5. Tap the Back button twice to return to the browser window.

6. Tap the address bar at the top of the browser. You should see a QR code button to the right of the microphone.

QR 5Dave Johnson/Business InsiderTap the QR code button in the address bar to start the QR code reader.

7. Tap the QR code button and point the phone so the QR code appears in the square in the middle of the screen. After a moment, the browser should automatically display the contents of the QR code.

QR 6Dave Johnson/Business InsiderPlace the QR code in the square target to automatically see what’s embedded in the code.

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