Barcodes are found practically everywhere in the world. Any item you can find at a store will have one, representing a number which helps identify the item. Additionally, more and more QR codes are found on all sorts of media, from simple leaflets to T-shirts to TV advertisements, no matter if that’s good or bad.
Without the appropriate tools, these barcodes and QR codes will have little meaning to you, essentially leaving you out of the loop. However, with the Barcode Scanner app, you can make much more sense of them.
About Barcode Scanner
Barcode Scanner is a free app for devices which allows you to scan any barcode or QR code that you can find. Once a barcode or QR code has been scanned in, you can take a number of different actions, depending on what you scanned. From there, you can make a lot more use out of those barcodes and QR codes than without Barcode Scanner.
When you first launch the barcode scanner app, you’ll be shown a scanner screen such as what you see in the screenshot above. The clear window in the middle is where you’ll want to place the barcode or QR code so that the app can have a good look at it. Once you have a barcode or QR code in front of the camera, it’ll try to adjust the brightness and focus in order to clearly identify the code. It also helps to keep the code as close to the middle line as possible.
Once Barcode Scanner has correctly read a barcode or QR code, it will offer a number of options for you to select. For example, in the screenshot above I scanned in a book. The app correctly read the ISBN number that was represented by its barcode on the backside, and offered me product search, book search, “search contents”, as well as look at shopping results. It’s pretty useful if you ask me, especially if you find something you’d like to research a little more about.
If you scanned in a QR code, then it’ll most likely recognize the code as a representation for a URL, which it offers to open for you in your default browser. As more and more companies are using QR codes instead of displaying entire URLs, having Barcode Scanner in your pocket is becoming a must. In addition to regular “1D” barcodes and QR codes, it can also scan data matrices.
There are a number of options available in Barcode Scanner which may satisfy specific needs. For example, you can set the app to beep and/or vibrate when it has read a barcode, as well as copy to clipboard and remember duplicates. For better scanning accuracy, you can also enable the app to use the front light for low-lit areas, use auto focus, enable bulk scan mode for many barcodes at once, and set your search country. You can also look at a list of past searches in case you need to remember something you’ve scanned before.
Barcode Scanner is very easy to install. Simply head over to the Google Play Store and search for “barcode scanner”. It should be the first, most popular result. If you want to be sure, you may also follow this link using your Android device or desktop to install.
Your Android device should recognize that it’s a Google Play Store URL and automatically send you to the app in the store, while on desktops you can hit the Install button and select the device you’d like it to be installed on.
Barcode Scanner is a surprisingly useful application for a world which is increasingly turning to barcodes, QR codes, and the like to share tips and other information. Who knows what other types of scannable codes will be invented in the future, but you can be sure that Barcode Scanner will have prompt support for them all.
How often do you need to scan barcodes? What barcode scanner app have you been using to accomplish this? Let us know in the comments!