Simple way to scan QR-codes by Android without downloading scanner

Jyri Turunen
May 29, 2017 · 2 min read

There is an simple way to scan QR-codes on Android by using camera and Google Screen search.

Open the camera and focus it to QR-code. By holding Home button the content of QR-code comes visible (clickable links included).


  • Built-in QR reader on Android (Android 9, Pie)… read more
  • Scan QR codes by Google Lens (Android 8, Oreo)… read more
Focus the camera to QR-code. The Screen search shows the content of QR-code: clickable link and sharing option.

Activating The Screen Search on Android

Open Google App (icon above), or find Google App on Google Play

  1. Tap the Navigation (three stripes on the upper left corner)
  2. Choose: Settings

3. Choose: Screen search

4. Swipe to activate it

That’s it — you are good to go

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