Learn to Scan QR Codes with Your Smartphones

This article will show you how to scan a barcode, also known as QR codes, with your smartphone.

So, you want to learn to how to scan qr codes.  There are many free bar code readers available for you to download.  Researching this topic on your own can be very overwhelming so we have done a lot of research on the available mobile bar code readers and smartphones to make it easier for you to get started.  There are many different brands of smart phones so instead of listing each of them, we used the major brands including Android and iPhones.  If you do not have an Android or iPhone, we also list resources for Nokia, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung, LG, Siemens, and Motorola... to name a few!

To scan QR codes, you must have a bar code reader

Here are the major phone platforms available now along with some suggestions on bar code readers:


If you have an Android phone, you can get a barcode reader from Google Play.  Here are a few free ones to get you started:

  • ShopSavvy

  • Barcode Scanner

  • NeoReader

There are always new applications being developed for Google Play.  So check back often.  You can also search for "qr codes" or "bar code reader" in the Google Play Store to find more qr code or 2d bar code readers for your Android phone.


iPhone users can get QR code Readers from the iTunes.  There are both free and applications that cost.  Below is a list of each.

Free mobile bar code reader apps for iPhone - i-nigma QR Code Reader

Paid bar code readers for iPhone

  • QuickMark QR Code Reader - $.99

  • quiQR - QR Code Reader - $1.99

  • Optiscan - QR Code Scanner - $1.99


You can get your phone set up to scan barcodes by downloading the reader from Neoreader.

Download with your mobile phone: http://get.neoreader.com

Other Phone Types

NeoReader installs easily.  It detects your phone type and installs the correct application for you.

Phone types: Apple, Blackberry, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson

Download with your mobile phone: http://get.neoreader.com


Phone types:   Apple, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Mio, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and SPV.  Beetagg also supports over 50 other mobile phone types.

Download with your mobile phone: http://get.beetagg.com/

i-nigma Bar Code Reader

Phone types:  i-nigma QR Code reader supports over 250 phone types!  Just visit the link below and i-nigma will automatically detect your phone type and download an install the correct qr code reader for your phone.

Click here to download the iNigma QR Code reader with your mobile phone:  http://www.i-nigma.mobi

If you have a Samsung Tablet such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, or Samsung Galaxy Note, click here for detailed instructions on setting up your tablet for scanning mobile barcodes with the i-nigma barcode scanner.

Now that you have your QR Code Reader Installed, Follow These Simple Steps

  1. Click on the icon to open the application on your smartphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile etc.).  For example, if you installed NeoReader, click on the NeoReader icon.

  2. Place your phone's camera over the QR code (2d barcode) so it fits on your screen

  3. Your smartphone will 'decode' the barcode and the content will be displayed on the screen

Go scan qr codes with your smartphones!

There are many mobile bar codes to scan on CTAMarketing.biz!  Now click around this website, and get some practice in by scanning the codes.  You an also download our QR Code Scanning Guide.  It is for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and any other smartphone that can scan QR codes.   Have fun!

QR Code with Poll Question

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