Scan QR code from image on iPhone

Recent iPhone iPad models allow us directly scan QR codes using the native Camera app. You can find more details from this guide to scan QR codes on iPhone iPad. What about QR codes on images or websites? Is it possible to extract QR codes from images on iPhone?

Currently we can’t find such an utility from the Camera or Photos app on iOS device. In order to scan QR code from images on iPhone, we need a third-party QR code reader. In a relative article, we demonstrated how you can create QR code on iPhone with a free QR code creator. Instead of converting QR code to images on iPhone, this tiny app can also help iOS users convert images to QR codes right on their iPhone or iPad.

Download and launch the QR creator and reader app on iPhone. You will find the Recognizer and Generator from its home interface. Choose Recognizer, you will then find two buttons at the screen bottom. Tap on Choose image, browse to your Camera Roll or photo album on iPhone, select and import the QR code image to the QR code reader app.

scan QR code from image on iPhone using free QR code reader

Tap on the Scan button at the bottom right corner to start scanning. The scan result will be displayed along with the option to copy it.

QR Scanner alternative

Some users told us that this app can’t be found in their country. In fact, you don’t have to use a specialized QR code scanner app for this job. You can also choose other photo app. Check out following step-by-step tutorial to scan QR code on image using Google Photos app on iPhone. It is free, powerful and easy to use.

Update Mar 2021: this post was originally published in Feb 2019 and has since been updated; added the Google Photos as the QR scanner alternative.

5 thoughts on “Scan QR code from image on iPhone”

  1. LOL there’s no actual app mentioned or linked to. Google brought me here because the free ‘QR Code Reader’ (by TinyLab) old iPhone app (v.12.5.4) from the app store has the photo QR code reader, but it doesn’t work after you select the QR image!
    NB: Be VERY careful downloading QR apps on the Apple app store – lots of them charge a very expensive monthly subscription with just one touch of the screen!

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