Samsung Galaxy S10 camera gets native QR code scanning in new software update

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera gets native QR code scanning in new software update
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to scan a QR code, only to realize that you don't have a special app installed on your phone? Downloading it on the spot wouldn't be that big of a hassle, but do you really need yet another app just to scan a QR code? The answer is no, you don't. The functionality should be built into the camera app itself and seamlessly work when you point your phone at a QR code.

With the June security update to One UI, Samsung is introducing native QR code scanning to the camera app on the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. The feature was previously available in Bixby Vision (and still is), but with the latest update, it can now be used within the Samsung stock camera app. All you need to do is point your phone at a QR code and it will automatically pick up on it. If you feel like disabling this feature for whatever reason, there's a new toggle in Camera settings called "Scan QR codes".

The update also introduces a QR code scanner toggle in the notification shade, SamMobile reports, though it seems to just be an alternative way to initiate the camera app. Still, for those who didn't know about the new feature, the QR code scanner toggle could serve as a helpful hint.

The June security patch has started rolling out on both the Exynos and Snapdragon versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. The international versions have started receiving the update in Switzerland earlier today, while other regions will be treated to it in the coming days. 

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11 Comments

1. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

My Note 9 in the UK got the June update and I have the new night mode in the camera and also the QR scanner already. Have to admit the night mode improves the quality alot but then again I dont really take pics at night but at least Samsung included it for people who do.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Great, now for those qr codes you scan once every 2 years it will be easier...

3. Gryffin

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

The ultra-innovative i-QRcode reader will laucnh with upcoming ios 22. Stay tuned

4. JamesW

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Not an apple fan, but their camera app already does it...

5. KingSam

Posts: 1465; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Exactly for a long while too

6. JCASS889

Posts: 553; Member since: May 18, 2018

Who actually uses QR codes?

7. JohnR

Posts: 157; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Where I work our job postings are released in QR, so I do quite a bit.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I thought Samsung had this native features in their phones since 2007. Or maybe most of the features that Samsung can do and most Sammy fans bragging about is mostly from 3rd party apps but never their native apps. Meanwhile apple’s native camera can do this since iOS 11 but iOS 7 had QR code reader in apple’s passbook.

9. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's your problem, you don't do your research before you start mouthing off. Samsung first Android mobile OS smartphone didn't release until 2009, so I don't see how they can have a native QR code reader for a smartphone that didn't exist in 2007.

10. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apple first smartphone released in 2007 and 11 years later, Apple consumers are still waiting for the arrival of a good camera.

11. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

iPhones cameras are great, and at least there’s never been a stupid time limit for 4K video recording like on androids lol

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