How To: Read QR Codes with your Samsung Galaxy S II

Posted on Jan 12 2012 - 6:34pm by Brian

Hey guys, you’ve probably seen me put up little pixelated squares like this  before–wait–you don’t know what these are? Well how rude of me to shove these in your face without telling you what they mean. No no, they aren’t pretty little pieces of digital art, they are QR codes!

QR code on the back of a book

The popularity of QR codes as a 2D barcode has been rising and it’s time for you to learn how to use them! Each little box can be encoded with various text information, usually links which can be directly navigated to without having to manually input a standard URL–very useful for quickly finding out information regarding a product. The link I placed in the first sentence goes to our newsletter subscription form; here’s how you can sign up for helpful tips and tricks using that QR code:

1. Download a QR Code reader from the Android Market, my favorites are Barcode Scanner (simple reader)  and QR Droid (comprehensive reader)

2. Find something with a QR code on it… like this article.

3. Fire up the application and aim your phone’s camera on the QR code to scan it

4. Now you can search the retrieved data on the web, or use your browser to navigate the webpage if the data was a URL. Now go subscribe to our newsletter for more helpful hints like this!

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  1. towry January 16, 2012 at 6:42 am -

    what a helpfull articall!!

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