Although QR codes are not frequently used in US in recent years, mobile payment using QR codes reached 38 trillion Yuan (US$5.5 trillion) in China last year. Perhaps taken this into account, Apple finally added QR code scanning feature in iOS 11. Apple mentioned that there would be a QR-reading capability in the upcoming iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 keynote, but didn’t offer us details about it. After installing iOS 11 beta 1, we found that we are able to scan QR code using Camera app.
QR codes can be used in many ways, from sharing URLs to joining Wi-Fi. But the only built-in iOS app that integrates QR scanning feature – Wallet app only supports reading specific types of QR codes like movie tickets, retail coupons, reward cards, or similar passes. When we need to scan other types QR codes with iPhone, we can only turn to third-party apps to make it. To give users a shortcut to read QR codes, Google Chrome added QR scanning feature for iPhone and iPad in this March.
How to Use iOS 11 QR Scanning Feature
To scan QR codes using Camera app in iOS 11, all you need do is to open Camera, point the camera at the QR code, then you’ll see a message box showing at the top of your screen that allows you to act on the QR code.
This feature is turned on by default in iOS 11, but you are able to turn it off in Settings > Camera > Scan QR Code.