A QR code is a unique code that stores a small amount of data such as website URL, contact details, static text, etc. QR stands for Quick Response which refers to instant access of information hidden in the code. QR codes are now everywhere – train platforms, shopping malls, postcards and other printed materials. If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you need to scan a QR code, here’s a simple solution for you. You do not require to install a separate app just to scan a QR code. The built-in Google Assistant app can scan QR codes and regular bar codes as well.
Scan QR code with Google Assistant
Google Assistant is natively available in all latest Android phones. If your phone has Google Assistant, you have an easy and native way to scan QR codes. To use this feature you will need to be on the latest version of the app. You can use this link to update it on the Play Store.
Next, open Google Assistant app in your preferred way. In general, just a long-press on the home button will bring up the Assistant.
The colored dots at the bottom indicates that Assistant is waiting for a voice command. Tap on it to stop Assistant from listening. Once it stops listening, new options appear.
You’ll find Google Lens icon to the left of the mic. Tap on it.
If it’s the first time you’re using this function, you’ve to grant it camera access.
It’ll now show quick things you can do with Lens. Just swipe that away. Then point your camera at the QR code you’d like to open. It’ll instantly reveal what’s stored in that QR code. If it is text, you’ll find Google search results for it. In my case, it’s the URL of this blog – tapping on it navigates to asoftclicks.com.
? Note: Before you start scanning a QR code, make sure your phone is connected to the internet. Otherwise, it may not be able to show any available information.
That’s it! You’re good to go ?