In fact, on Android, you can simply use your default camera app, or a substitute of your choice, to not only scan QR codes, but regular barcodes as well! If you have “Now on Tap” enabled on your phone, you can just fire up your preferred camera app, point it at a QR code or a regular barcode, and long-press your Home button to get a reading.
In order to use “Now on Tap”, you’ll have to be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or up and have the Google App set up on your device. To activate the feature, follow these simple steps:
- Install the Google App and open it
- Opt in to enable Now
- Navigate to “Settings” and tap “Screen search”
- Enable the topmost toggle (“Asks Google to show you info related to what’s on your home screen when you hold the Home button or search by voice”)
That’s it! Now you can long-press the Home button on your device to prompt “Now on Tap” to analyze the contents of the current screen and display context-aware suggestions. Even if you don’t find yourself using the feature all that often, it sure comes in handy when you want to scan a QR code or a regular ol’ barcode in a hurry (and without having to install yet another one-trick app that…
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