7 best free QR code scanning apps for the iPhone and the iPad

QR codes are everywhere: you can find them on websites, flyers, apps, ads, even on your favorite beverages. It is almost impossible not stumble on at least one QR code every week. However, unless you know how to read the information they store, you might miss what they are telling you. Fortunately, our smartphones are always with us, and we can use them to read QR codes. If you own an iPhone or an iPad and you are wondering how to read QR codes, here are some of the best free apps that you can use for this purpose:

1. Camera (the iPhone and iPad built-in app)

Yes, although it may sound too good to be true, the Camera app that is found on your iPhone is also a QR code reader. All you need to do is open the Camera app and point towards the QR code that you want to read. Once the Camera identifies the code, you should see a notification displayed on your screen, telling you what information that QR code holds.

2. Kaspersky QR Scanner

Kaspersky is a renowned security company, and one of the niche apps that it offers is called Kaspersky QR Scanner. This is one of the best QR codes reading apps that you could use if security is an important concern for you. Kaspersky QR Scanner not only reads QR codes for free, but also checks them against the company's database of malicious links that could expose you to dangerous websites, malware, and scams.

Download: Kaspersky QR Scanner.

3. QR Code Reader by Scan

QR Code Reader by Scan is a simple and free app that you can use on any iPhone. You have to open the app, point the camera towards the QR code that you want to read and that is it. QR Code Reader by Scan automatically identifies the information held by the QR code it sees and tells you what it is. An interesting and sometimes useful additional feature is that the app can also read QR codes from pictures already stored on your iPhone.

Download: QR Code Reader by Scan.

4. Free QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner for iPhone

Free QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner for iPhone used to cost $4.99, but right now it is completely free and with no ads. The app allows you to scan QR codes as well as barcodes, and it is also fast at doing its job. It also supports reading codes from the pictures stored on your iPhone and can turn on the flashlight to make scanning easier in dark environments.

Download: Free QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner for iPhone.

5. Quick Scan - QR Code Reader

Quick Scan - QR Code Reader is another small app designed to read QR codes. While using it, we noticed that it is swift and accurate. Although this app is free to use, the downside is that there are some ads displayed by it on your screen. If you do not want to see the ads, you must buy the Pro version which costs $0.99 but also ads features such as the option to create QR codes or read barcodes.

Download: Quick Scan - QR Code Reader.

6. QR Reader for iPhone

QR Reader for iPhone lets you scan QR codes for free, and does it quickly. However, it also includes ads, and if you want to get rid of them or use its more advanced features such as create QR codes or open links in Safari, you must buy it. The price for the Pro version of the app is $2.99 at the moment, and the subscription to its Database Scanner is $0.99 per month. The Database Scanner is a feature that allows you to scan barcodes and QR codes and save them to an online database or local CSV file.

Download: QR Reader for iPhone.

7. QRbot

QRbot is a free app that can read QR codes and barcodes. It is fast and accurate and also lets you create QR codes. However, the downside is that it displays ads on your screen. If you do not want to see ads or if you want to be able to use the business features such as Batch Scan or Business Scanner Mode (which lets you send barcodes to your online database), you must buy the Pro version of the app, which costs $2.99.

Download: QRbot.

What QR code reader app do you use on your iPhone?

These are some of the best apps that read QR codes available for iPhones that we could find in the App Store. To be honest, we prefer the built-in Camera app because it is simple to use and it is already found on our iPhones. However, the other apps we shared are all worthy of trying and might be better for your specific needs. Do you know other QR code readers for iPhones that you would recommend? Do not hesitate to share them in the comments section below and we will update this article based on your feedback.