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You can finally delete that third-party QR code scanner you only use once in a blue moon off your iPhone. This is because Google has added a native QR code scanner to Chrome for iOS. We thought QR codes had had their day in the sun, but it looks like they’re here to stay, sadly.

Google has added a built-in QR code scanner 8 Really Geeky But Creative Ways To Use QR Codes At Home 8 Really Geeky But Creative Ways To Use QR Codes At Home The plain-Jane QR code had a hi-tech beginning – Toyota used them in their manufacturing process for scanning automobile components. From there, QR codes have made the journey to even fashion ramps. That demonstrates their... Read More and barcode scanner to Chrome for iOS. The feature has arrived with Google Chrome Version 56.0.2924.79, which you can download from the App Store right now. There’s no word yet whether this feature will be added to Chrome for Android, but we have to assume it’s in the works.

Scan a QR Code Using 3D Touch

Once you have updated Chrome for iOS to the latest version, you can use Google’s web browser to scan a QR code or barcode by “using 3D Touch on the app logo or searching for ‘QR’ in Spotlight”. Scanning a QR code will open that link in Chrome, while scanning a barcode will display search results for that particular product. Which could actually prove to be rather useful.

The good news is that this means you can now uninstall that standalone QR code scanner you downloaded years ago and promptly forgot about. However, by adding a QR code scanner to Chrome, Google is likely to increase the popularity of QR codes Four Reasons QR Codes Are Unquestionably Awesome! Four Reasons QR Codes Are Unquestionably Awesome! There's only one universal truth in the world of technology today: people can't get enough of scanning QR codes. Whether they're driving to work, reading a magazine or just taking a walk, people love the... Read More . And that’s probably not a good thing.

QR Codes Are a Risky Business

Why have we got such a downer on QR codes? Mainly because they pose a security risk every time you scan one. The problem is you have no idea where a QR code is going to lead you before you click on it. So you could be taken to a phishing page, or a webpage laden with malware.

Hackers have even been known to stick their dodgy QR codes over the top of legitimate QR codes on posters. So if you’re randomly scanning QR codes with your phone you’re opening yourself up to unnecessary risk. However, this doesn’t seem to be affecting the renewed rise of QR codes.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay

Just this week, Snapchat added the option to create a snapcode for your website You Can Now Create a Snapchat QR Code for Your Website You Can Now Create a Snapchat QR Code for Your Website Snapchat thinks what the world needs now, more than anything else, is the ability to create QR codes for websites. Isn't technology great?! Read More . And Snapchat is far from the only company going all-in on QR codes. So, whether you love them, hate them, or don’t care either way, QR codes are here to stay. For better or worse.

Do you have a QR code scanner installed on your iPhone? Will you be deleting it in favor of using Google Chrome instead? Do you actually scan QR codes? Or do you think they’re inherently dumb, dodgy, or dangerous? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. ben
    October 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    i need the barcode/QR code to be disabled on my iphone 7

  2. Jennifer Bell
    August 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Since downloaded I can't uninstall and I'm bombarded with pop ups. How do I uninstall, please somebody help

  3. daniel ryker
    July 26, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I downloaded q r bar code and it won't let me uninstall y

  4. Doc
    February 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Problem is, I don't have an iOS device (I had a iPod Touch, but I hated it so much I gave it away as a Christmas gift), I won't use Chrome on anything (its addons are weak and useless!), so I guess I do need a QR/barcode scanner after all!

  5. F.
    February 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Is this text to announce a new feature of Chrome or to express a personal hate for QR codes?

  6. Evelyn
    February 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I needed the SQR code reader to install Whatsapp in my computer.

  7. Tobias Dokken
    February 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    "The problem is you have no idea where a QR code is going to lead you before you click on it." You see the URL before your phone opens it. If you don't trust the source, don't click it. Just like links in mail or social media. Nothing different there.

    You clearly don't understand the value of QR and I can't blame you unless you live in a country where it's used right. The value is not to scan URL:s, that's just a waste of energy. The value is in using it to activate functions within apps.

    For example I scan QR to login on desktop versions of apps. Doesn't save much time, but some times convenient.
    I scan other people's QR codes to instantly add them on IM. I scan coupons to get discounts or money transferred to my bank.

    The really useful function is to scan qr codes in stores & restaurants to pay instantly. I can also use QR instead of bank card at the ATM.

    You are going to see a lot of it in your country in a near future.

  8. Niko
    February 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Only because is from Google does mean is secure to use.

  9. leo
    February 3, 2017 at 12:27 am

    always ios. always ios. my gosh.

  10. KensonPlays
    February 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Neglected to mention Android. What about Android users? Do we still 'need' the scanner app?

    • leo
      February 3, 2017 at 12:28 am

      IKR