How to read QR codes on an Apple iPhone SE (2020)?

How to read QR codes on an Apple iPhone SE (2020)?

First of all, we must be clear that it is a QR code. QR codes are codes that contain information that can be read by a camera, QR codes are two-dimensional, that is, it is necessary for the Apple iPhone SE (2020) camera to read both the width and the height of the QR code and can contain more information than a barcode (one-dimensional).

QR codes are often used to open a web address from a mobile device such as the Apple iPhone SE (2020) using its 12 MP, f/1.8 (wide), PDAF, OIS camera or if used with a specific application, it can offer information about a product, service or serve to authenticate a user.

In the iPhone SE (2020) you can read or scan QR codes without having to download any application since the code reader is included in the software of the camera.

Table of Contents:

Estimated time: 2 minutes.

1- First step:

To read or capture a QR code on your Apple iPhone SE (2020) we use the app “Camera” that is included, from the home screen we look for the icon of a camera and open the application.

Camera app iPhone SE (2020)

2- Second step:

From the Apple iPhone SE (2020) camera application, we make sure that we are using the 12 MP, f/1.8 (wide), PDAF, OIS rear camera and point it at the QR code that we want to read trying to make it appear correctly focused and content within the yellow square or at least within the viewing space , that is, we cannot bring the camera too close to avoid the code being cut off.

The QR code must be able to be seen in its entirety on the screen of the Apple iPhone SE (2020), the code does not have up or down, so it does not matter from which angle we approach it.

Capture QR code iPhone SE (2020)

3- Third step:

From the top of the screen of the Apple iPhone SE (2020) a notification will appear indicating that it has read the content of the QR code and will offer us an action to perform, most QR codes contain a web address so it will offer us to open “Safari” or the web browser that we have defined by default on our iPhone SE (2020).
We click on the notification to open the web page or execute the action.

Open QR code iPhone SE (2020)

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Capture QR code from the control centre

It is also possible to read a QR code by accessing it from the control centre of the Apple iPhone SE (2020) instead of opening the camera, this is a method to quickly access the QR code reader.

1- First step:

Swipe down from the top center or right of the screen to open the control centre of your Apple iPhone SE (2020).

Open control centre on Apple iPhone SE (2020)

2- Second step:

You will see the iPhone SE (2020) control centre where all the shortcuts to settings such as Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth, lock rotation, etc. appear. Look for the QR code capture icon that you see in the following image.

Scan QR codes icon in control centre Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Can't find the capture QR code icon?

If you don't see the QR code capture icon that appears in the image above, don't worry, you can add it to the control centre to use it every time you need it, check out this tutorial: Edit Control Centre on iPhone and iPad.

With these simple steps we have learned to read QR codes from our Apple iPhone SE (2020). Most QR codes are used to open websites, either to see the menu of a restaurant or to access a discount code or offer.

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