How to Turn Your iPhone Camera’s QR Code Scanner On or Off

QR codes are popular barcode-like designs that you can scan to display information, or even open a Web link. They have been been around for a while, with varying levels of popularity, and some people and companies use them a lot when they need to provide a lot of information, but don’t have much space to do so, or when they need to give you a way to access ta Web page from a piece of paper.

In earlier versions of iOS you would need to download a separate app in order to scan QR codes, but it’s now something that can be accomplished with the iPhone’s default Camera app. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the setting for the QR code scanner so that you can turn it on or turn it off, based on how you want your camera to handle them.


How to Disable or Enable the QR Code Scanner on an iPhone 7

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.2. Adjusting this setting will let you choose whether or not your want the Camera app on your iPhone to be able to scan QR codes. This setting is enabled by default.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the iphone settings app



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Camera option.

enable or disable iphone qr code scanner



Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Scan QR Codes to turn it on or off. The QR code scanner is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. It is turned off in the picture below.

how to turn on or turn off the qr code scanner on the iphone



Are you adjusting the notification settings for your iPhone, and you aren’t sure what some of the options are? Find out more about the iPhone bade app icon and see how you can turn on or turn off the little red number icon that appears on some of your apps.