How To Use iOS Barcode Scanner?

Devendra Chande

Scanning a barcode on an iOS device isn’t as complicated as you think. More or less, the process is similar to what you’d do with any other smartphone. A traditional barcode can be scanned either for free or you could install a paid app for scanning the barcode as well.

Following the steps, you should be able to scan your documents for editing and sharing. The steps we will mention in this guide are applicable for iOS 9.0 and above. So, if you use an iPhone that runs on an older operating system than that, you’d not be able to use the following steps mentioned.

This article will explore all the important steps you’d need to know when it comes to using the iOS barcode scanner.

How can one scan a barcode on iPhone?

If you want to scan a barcode using an iPhone or an iPad, the first thing you need to do is download the barcode scanner app for iOS devices.

You can find a variety of options on Apple’s App Store that you can either download for free or pay to get the app. We’d recommend looking into the free ones.

Apps like QR Code Reader – Barcode Maker, etc. work efficiently in helping you scan the barcode without any complications. Also, most of these barcode scanner apps are very versatile and allow you to scan different formats of barcodes without any compromise.

Once you have downloaded one of these apps, you can follow the steps:

  1. Install the barcode scanner app to your iOS device
  2. Once the app is installed, you can go ahead and tap on the large circular barcode icon that’s on the home screen of the app.
  3. The app will ask for Camera permission, which you need to accept for the scanning process.
  4. Once you find the barcode you wish to scan, position your camera in front of the barcode.
  5. Doing so will automatically detect the barcode and display the data, which could be numbers, text, website addresses, etc.

Can I scan the barcode on my iPhone for free?

Thankfully, yes. You can scan different barcodes on your iPhone for free. There are several free scanner apps available online that you can check out by yourself.

Most of these free barcode scanner apps often come with in-app purchases, so that’s something you’d need to keep a check on. Some of the free barcode scanner apps that you can check out are ShopSavvy, FitBit, Good Reads, etc.


If you were confused about scanning a barcode on your iOS devices, we hope this article provides you with an in-depth outlook into the process. Just ensure that you start by installing the free version of the different barcode scanning apps before you move on to the paid ones.

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Devendra is a full-time writer at ConsideringaApple and he is fond of new things in the tech world. He loves to read novels and write poems. This adventure-seeking guy is a hodophile who has an aim to explore all the beautiful mountains, oceans, cultures, traditions, and foods this world has to offer. Since the release of the first iPhone, he believes in Jobs' vision and praises every Apple product.
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