QR code is one of the most efficient way to send links to smartphones. Nowadays, you can find a lot of QR code scanner app or features in iOS apps if you are using iPhone. WeChat is a really useful app, it can not only help us make free video calls, audio calls, but also share photos, videos and other files to anyone we like. Today we will talk about another useful feature of WeChat. You will learn how to use this instant messaging app to easily scan QR code so you can open any links, add contacts, join groups, access WeChat Mini-programs, and many more. At the end of this article, we will also show you how to scan or read QR codes using the stock Camera app on iPhone. Your iPhone’s Camera app can now scan and process QR codes natively, making it more convenient when we need to open websites, add contacts, join Wi-Fi networks, and more.
Please note that the steps may vary slightly depending across different versions of WeChat and the iOS, but the general process remains the same.
Method 1. Scan QR Code from Discover in WeChat on iPhone
Tap to run WeChat on iPhone, go to Discover tab from the bottom of Wechat windows. You can then find Scan or Scan QR Code in some versions of WeChat, right below the Moments.
Tap on Scan or Scan QR Code from the Discover tab, you will open the viewfinder as following.
Point your iPhone camera to the QR code which you like to scan, align QR code within the viewfinder or frame to scan. After that, the QR code will be recognized. You may see the content to be displayed on the screen. If the content associated with the scanned QR code is website link, you will get the options to send it to chat, share on Moments, add to favorite, open in Safari, etc.
If you simply need to access the URL link from the QR code, you can do it in the WeChat app without even open your web browser on iPhone.
Depending on the information contained in the QR code, WeChat may provide you different instructions, such as follow a WeChat account, join a group, add a name card, access WeChat Mini-programs, and even more.
Method 2. Scanning QR Code from Chats in WeChat on iPhone
The built-in QR code scan feature can be found in various places in WeChat. Other than accessing the QR scanner from Discover tab, you can also switch to the Chats tab from the bottom, then select the Add (+) button at the top right corner to reveal and access the Scan or Scan QR Code tool in WeChat. See below screenshot.
Method 3. Scan QR Code using the Camera on iPhone
Since iOS 11, the built-in QR code scanner can help us scan QR codes using the stock Camera app on iPhone without any third-party QR code readers or scanners.
Just open the Camera app on your iPhone and point your camera toward the QR code. The Camera app will automatically recognize the QR code. Make sure the QR code is within the viewfinder area of the camera if it failed to do so.
When it does, you will see a notification banner appear at the top of the screen with information about the QR code content. The banner displays the actions you can take to interactive with the content associated with the scanned QR code. For example, if it’s a link to a website, you’ll be taken to the website in your browser.