How to Open Code Scanner on iPhone

Since iOS 11, iPhone has a feature to detect and scan QR Codes natively using the built-in Camera. 

How to Open Code Scanner on iPhone

However, this feature turns out to have its own application called Code Scanner, which can be opened through the Control Center or Spotlight Search.

In iOS 15, iPhone can also detect other types of codes — not limited to JUST QR Codes. But to use it, you need to open the Code Scanner app, rather than through the built-in Camera app.

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Open the Code Scanner app

Through the Control Center

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Tap + on the Code Scanner option.

Through Spotlight Search

  1. Access Spotlight search by swiping down on the home screen.
  2. Enter the keyword code.
  3. Tap the Code Scanner option in the search results.

Through Siri.

  1. Access Siri. You can press and stage the power button, or use the "Hey Siri" command.
  2. Say the command "Open Code Scanner".

Code Scanner vs Camera

  • In iOS 15, Code Scanner can detect barcode codes and serial numbers. So it's not limited to just QR Codes.
  • There is a Flashlight option on the Code Scanner that can be used when in a dark environment. This cannot be done in the built-in Camera app.
  • Code Scanner can capture code faster than the built-in Camera app.

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