Thursday, June 4, 2020

How Google Photos can Scan a QR Code

I'm sure you've all been asked to scan a QR code, like the one at the right, at some point in time. That's how you can get a discount coupon at a store, or get more information about a product from a print ad, or make an appointment at a hair salon, or get directions to a restaurant, or listen to a guided tour at a public garden. There are so many uses for QR codes. If you scan this particular code, it will take you to YouTube and a playlist of 25 Google Photos tips.

All iPhones and many Android phones can now scan these codes with just the camera that came built in with the phone. Simply open the camera app and focus on the code, you will see a link pop up that will lead you to where the code goes. 

But, what if you see a QR code that you want to keep and scan later? For example, you're in the Florida Welcome Center and there are posters everywhere about the things to see and do in Florida. Most of them will have a QR code you can scan for more information. You want to do that at your leisure after dinner.

You can take a picture of it, sure, but then how do you scan it from the photo? If you use Google Photos, it's a piece of cake. Just use the Lens button. Open the photo using Google Photos and you'll see the Lens button  third from the left. Tap that and it will go to work scanning the code and then pop up a link to tap to take you there.  

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Product Expert for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the blog, and author of Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.


  1. Hi, Chris: Just came on board -- this is a good tip that I would never have though of. Glad you both are putting this stuff out. Thanks Keith

  2. Google Lens showing similar qr code

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  4. I have published a QR Code Scanner and Generator app on the play store. I would be very happy if you could help with downloads and reviews, please
    my apps link

  5. "Scanning a QR Code on an iPhone is easy! Just open your camera app, point it at the QR Code, and wait for a notification to appear. Tap on the notification, and it will take you to the relevant information or website. QR Codes make it convenient to access content or get information quickly using your iPhone. Give it a try!"
    Scan a QR Code on iPhone