You’ve probably seen these popping up on restaurant menus or at businesses around town. Here’s how to use a QR code.
QR codes have been around for a long time, but since the pandemic they’ve been more popular than ever. If you’re not sure what a QR code is, you might be more familiar with it than you think.
One place you might have seen or even used a QR code more recently is at a restaurant. They’re usually placed on tables where seated guests can use their phones to scan and view the menu online. QR codes are sometimes even used to direct customers to a link to pay for their meal.
We understand that QR codes can be confusing to use for some people. Here, we’ll walk through how to scan a QR code so you’re well prepared for the next time you come across one.
What Is a QR Code?
A QR code is a type of barcode that stores information and can be easily scanned by a digital device (like a smartphone or tablet) to open a website, connect to Wi-Fi, or view a menu at a restaurant. Most modern smartphones have built-in QR scanners in the camera.
Because they’re easily scannable from your own personal device, QR codes have become more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic to help diners avoid high-touch items like menus or checks.
How to Use a QR Code
- Open the camera app from your phone.
- Point your device to the QR code as if you’re going to take a photo. Once your device recognizes the QR code, a notification will pop up on your screen.
- Tap the pop-up notification to be directed to the content associated with the QR code.
Test Your Phone on a QR Code
Here’s a sample QR code that you can test with your device using the instructions above. This QR code should take you to cloverhealth.com.
And there you have it! Using a QR code is as simple as that. The next time you see one, try it out so you can practice using QR codes to easily access information right on your device.
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