How to Scan QR Codes on an Android Phone

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QR codes may not be as prolific as they once were, but they’re still highly useful for quickly sharing information. The thing is, it’s not always clear how to scan one. If you’re an Android user, here’s the skinny.

The Easiest Way: Use Google Lens in the Assistant

You may not realize this, but if your phone has Google Assistant, you have a fast, easy, and native way to scan QR codes baked right into your handset.

First, long-press the home button to bring up Assistant.

Depending on which version of Assistant you have, you might have the Lens button right there as soon as Assistant pops up. Most likely, however, you need to tap on it to stop it from listening for a voice command. Just tap on the colored dots.

Once it stops listening, new options become available: Lens to the left of the mic, keyboard to the right. Tap on the “Lens” button.

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