QR codes provide a quick way for someone with a mobile device to visit a web site. The problem is that mobile devices don't come pre-loaded with a QR code scanner. Explaining what a QR code is and asking users to download an app takes far more time than manually typing in a web address.
If mobile phones would come with a built-in QR code reader this technology would be far more accessible and helpful. Someday I hope that all iPhones and Android phones will be able to automatically recognize QR codes from the standard camera app. For now, that's only a wish.
Scanning QR codes from your mobile device just got a bit easier, if you have the Google Chrome Apps on your phone. As of their latest update (February 2017) all version of Chrome mobile have a
To use it, search for "QR" using spotlight (iPhone) or search on your Android device. If you have an iPhone 7, you can use force-touch (hard press) on the Chrome App to access the QR scanner. Select scan QR code to open up a camera scanning feature and allow you to scan and visit a web page via a QR code.
It's a bit weird, but there is no way to access the QR scanner feature from within the app itself; you must search for "QR" in order to open the scan window. For now, this is probably the best option for scanning QR codes.
|Search for "QR" on your phone|
|View of the scanner window|