The pandemic has led companies and small businesses to rethink their security measures to ensure the safety of their customers and today it is normal to use QR codes to access online menus or show the green pass, book a ticket or many others. everyday applications.
THE QR codes allow people to access information with a smartphone; instead of typing a URL, you point the camera at a QR code and tap. The QR code offers a link to all kinds of information and actions, including web pages, presentations, Wi-Fi access codes, company information (hours, places) and social media sites.
On an iPhone, Apple’s camera app includes QR code support. On an Android device, both the Google Assistant, with the words “scan QR code,” and the Google Camera app, with Google Lens mode, let you point the camera at a QR code, then tap to search.
Here are some very simple ways to create one:
What does QR Code mean?
To begin with, QR code acronyms are the key to their use. In English they respond to words ” Quick answer “. It can simply be described as an Internet link in physical form, printed in a language that a machine can read.
In recent years, messaging apps like WhatsApp or Messenger have integrated this tool to share contacts between physically close users, which speeds up the process considerably.
How to create QR codes with Chrome
Google’s Chrome browser includes the ability to get a QR code for web pages ( Figure A ).
The feature is integrated into the sharing system in Chrome on Android and iOS. However, you may need to enable the QR code feature in Chrome on desktop systems and Chrome OS.
Note: different versions of Chrome provide different QR code views. Currently, Chrome on Android and desktop versions display the QR code with a dinosaur in the center, while Chrome on iOS provides a standard QR code that the dinosaur is missing.
In Chrome on Android, navigate a web page as usual, tap the three-dot menu | Share… | QR code, then optionally tap Download to save the code to your system for later use ( Figure B ).
In Chrome on iOS, navigate a web page similarly as usual, tap the Share symbol, then scroll down a little in the options that appear and tap Create a QR Code ( Figure C ). On iOS, you’ll then need to tap Share | Save Image (or, alternatively, Save to File) to keep the code for later use.
In Chrome on desktop systems and Chrome OS, you may need to enable the QR code option. To do this, type chrome: // flags in the omnibox, then press Enter. Enter “QR code” in the search box that appears, and then adjust the setting to Enabled ( Figure D ). Restart as required.
Once QR codes are enabled, when you click or tap in the omnibox, the QR code icon appears on the right side of the box, next to the bookmark star. Select it to view a QR code for the page, then select Download to save the image.
How to create QR codes with QRbot
QRbot allows you to create codes that link to a web page, as well as codes that encourage other actions, such as adding a contact, connecting to Wi-Fi, sending an email or text message, or performing a call ( Figure E ).
Go to the QRbot QR Generator, select an action, add the necessary details, then download the code. The web-based version is free. The developer, TeaCapps, offers free Android and iOS apps, as well as updated professional options for both platforms (for $ 4.99 and $ 5.99, respectively) that remove ads and provide access to extra features. Plus, the update on iOS allows you to adjust colors, add a custom logo, and select from multiple themes.
How to create QR codes with Barcode Generator
In addition to the above methods you could also consider the free site Barcode Generator which provides several predefined action options to create QR codes for email, Twitter, Facebook, SMS, Wi-Fi, Flickr and YouTube, among others ( Figure F ). Select an action, enter your details, then save the generated image.
How to create QR codes with iQR codes
On macOS, iQR codes: QR Code Art Studio offers quick and comprehensive creation of QR codes for phone numbers, SMS, emails, locations, web links, contact information, calendar events, Wi-Fi access and more ( Figure G ). This $ 14.99 app also lets you make more adjustments to the QR code display than any of the options above.
These changes include pixel styles, corner and resolution sliders, foreground and background colors, as well as corner control point customizations. The app also provides a built-in tool that evaluates the readability of the QR code along with tips to ensure reliability.
How to access QR codes in social media apps
If you constantly post on social media sites, a QR code can make it easy for people to log into your social media accounts. While it is possible to create a QR code that links to a public webpage for any of your social media accounts with the apps above, some social media services create access to QR codes directly in their apps.
For example, LinkedIn and Twitter both provide QR codes in their iOS and Android apps, respectively ( Figure H ). You could post this QR code along with the site logo on the signage.
How do you use QR codes?
Do you use QR codes in your organization? If so, what types of information do you link to (menus, social media, Wi-Fi access)? What systems or apps do you use to create QR codes?