In the past, to scan a QR code in Android, you had to install a third-party application. Most of the time that was fine. However, every once in a while you installed an app that contained malware or ransomware and things went decidedly wrong.
In response, Google added the ability to scan a QR code in Google Assistant, but that was fluffy at best.
Sometimes the QR code would be scanned, and sometimes Android would either take a picture or the assistant would tell me what I was looking at.
I needed my phone to just read the QR code.
This became particularly problematic when the pandemic hit and many restaurants I visited put QR codes on every table so their waiters didn’t have to come into contact with the diners. It was an intelligent solution to a challenging problem.
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But when Android wasn’t exactly designed to easily scan those codes, simply ordering a meal became problematic. And because I know what I know, I didn’t want to install a third-party QR code reader on my phone. You see, I’m into minimalism when it comes to apps. Unless I absolutely needed it, it wouldn’t install.
Turns out I needed this QR code reader.
Fortunately, Google has solved this problem with Android 13. In fact, reading QR codes with Android 13 is now very easy. Let me show you how it’s done.
How to easily scan a QR code in Android 13
The only thing you need for this is a device with at least Android 13. That’s it. Let’s move on to scanning these QR codes.
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The QR code reading feature focuses on the quick settings tiles, which are a collection of tappable tiles at the top of your notification panel. You can add and remove Quick Settings tiles as needed to easily access specific features. One such feature of Android 13 is the QR code reader.
Scan QR Code tile Quick Settings
At this point, whenever you need to scan a QR code, all you have to do is pull down the notification shade, tap the Scan QR code quick settings tile, and point the camera at the QR code.
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There’s no need to install a third-party app, open Google Assistant, or mess with your phone’s camera. Just a few quick touches and your phone will read those QR codes like the champ that it is.