How to Scan QR Codes on Windows
QR codes, or Quick Response codes, have become a prevalent way of communicating information through visual representations. These codes can be seen almost everywhere, from posters to product packages, and they provide users with quick and easy access to websites, contact info, product details, and many more.
If you’re using a Windows PC or laptop, scanning a QR code can be done using your device’s camera, which is built-in or connected via USB. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps of how to scan QR codes on Windows using different methods.
Method 1: Using the Camera App
Step 1: Open the Camera App
The Camera app is a built-in tool in Windows 10 that can be used to scan QR codes. To open it, click on the Start menu and search for “Camera”, or simply open the Windows search bar and type “Camera”.
Step 2: Scan the QR Code
Once you have the Camera app open, hold your QR code in front of your device’s camera. The app should automatically detect and focus on the QR code, and a notification with the link or content associated with the QR code should appear.
Step 3: Open the Link or Content
You can now click on the notification to open the link or content associated with the QR code in your default browser.
Method 2: Using a Third-Party QR Scanner App
If you prefer to use a specific QR scanner app instead of the Camera app, you can easily download and install one from the Microsoft Store. Here are the steps on how to use a third-party QR scanner app on Windows:
Step 1: Find and Download a QR Scanner App
To find a QR scanner app, open the Microsoft Store and search for “QR scanner”. Choose the app you want to download and click on the “Get” button.
Step 2: Open the QR Scanner App
Once the app is downloaded and installed, open it from the Start menu.
Step 3: Scan the QR Code
Hold your QR code in front of your device’s camera, and the app should automatically detect and decode the QR code. The link or content associated with the QR code should appear on the app’s screen.
Step 4: Open the Link or Content
Click on the link or content to open it in your default browser.