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How to scan QR codes and regular barcodes using just your camera app and Now on Tap (Android)

How to scan QR codes and regular barcodes using just your camera app and Now on Tap (Android)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you want to scan a QR code using your smartphonephone, only to realize that you don't have one of the myriad of dedicated scanning apps available installed on your device? Downloading a relatively small app on the spot is not that big of a hassle, but do you really need yet another app on your phone just for scanning a certain type of barcode that's not all that popular in outside of Asia anyway? The answer is "no, you don't".

In fact, on Android, you can simply use your default camera app, or a substitute of your choice, to not only scan QR codes, but regular barcodes as well! If you have "Now on Tap" enabled on your phone, you can just fire up your preferred camera app, point it at a QR code or a regular barcode, and long-press your Home button to get a reading.

In order to use "Now on Tap", you'll have to be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or up and have the Google App set up on your device. To activate the feature, follow these simple steps:

  • Install the Google App and open it
  • Opt in to enable Now
  • Navigate to "Settings" and tap "Screen search"
  • Enable the topmost toggle ("Asks Google to show you info related to what's on your home screen when you hold the Home button or search by voice")

Scanning QR codes and regular barcodes using Now on Tap
Scanning QR codes and regular barcodes using Now on Tap

That's it! Now you can long-press the Home button on your device to prompt "Now on Tap" to analyze the contents of the current screen and display context-aware suggestions. Even if you don't find yourself using the feature all that often, it sure comes in handy when you want to scan a QR code or a regular ol' barcode in a hurry (and without having to install yet another one-trick app that will be swiftly forgotten after it's served its purpose).

If you're on iOS, you can simply use Google Chrome for much the same purpose!

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