Where can I find a barcode scanner for my Android phone that works?

Dr.Sunil Vaswani May 18, 2012
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I can scan barcodes that show up on a PC screen, but it does not work on products.

Even with autofocus, great light and great direction, the barcode scan doesn’t work on products.

Is there any app for Android that will work?

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  1. Declan Lopez
    July 12, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Google Goggles works well.

  2. tom
    June 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I need a barcode scanner that scans into a browser field so i can use my android phone as an extension of our epos system. However most barcode apps seems to work in isolation. Do you know if there is an app that does what i require?

  3. Oron
    May 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    ScanLife is great! I've never used it for ordinary barcodes, but it works perfectly with QR codes on my cheap Android phone which has a rubbish camera.

    • Sunil
      May 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      hi

      Thanks for reply

      Question is not for codes on computer screen , but for scanning codes on labels of products like on books,grocery

      I have used apps for bar code scanning

      They could work on codes on computer screen but did not directly on labels

      Have you tried to do on codes on labels of books or an item ( except on computer screen )?

      • Oron
        May 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        Yes, absolutely. I've used ScanLife on printed QR codes (the square "barcodes"). However, I've not used it on traditional barcodes and comment on that. It's free, so give it a try!

        • Sunil
          May 19, 2012 at 4:55 am

          Actually reason for asking this question , is that whether it is necessary to do auto-focus , bright light and a specific direction to scan printed codes

        • Oron
          May 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

          Sorry, my camera has fixed focus and auto-exposure, so never had to find out! If you do find out, put a post on this page to let us know the results!

  4. Susendeep Dutta
    May 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Have you tried the app : - Barcode Scanner -

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.zxing.client.android&hl=en

    If the above app is not working then you can use ScanLife Barcode & QR Reader -

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ScanLife&hl=en

    • Sunil
      May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Question is not for codes on computer screen , but for scanning codes on labels of products like on books,grocery

      I have used apps for bar code scanning

      They could work on codes on computer screen but did not directly on labels

      Have you tried to do on codes on labels of books or an item ( except on computer screen )?

      • Susendeep Dutta
        May 19, 2012 at 4:00 am

        I've tried Barcode Scanner app on a product box and it works.

      • Kannon Y
        May 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

        Hey Sunil, I've found that it's both the app and the technique you're using that make the difference when scanning bar codes on product UPCs. There are four things that make scanning easier or harder:

        First, bright light can actually cause glare, which interferes with the app's ability to scan. If the lighting is not just right, the app won't work.

        Second, the distance from the camera to the UPC code seems to make a big difference. You have to find the exact right length at which the camera will scan the code. It takes a lot of practice.

        Third, try to stabilize both the thing you're scanning and the camera. Even small amounts of shaking will interfere with scanning a bar code.

        Fourth, you need the right app. I second Barcode Scanner as being both simple and effective. However, Redlaser is worth noting:

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ebay.redlaser&feature=search_result

        • Sunil
          May 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          Very good and sincere answer

    • Sunil
      May 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks for links

    • Sunil
      May 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      How to know if camera has autofocus or not , in Android 2.3 ( Micromax A75)

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