Now! Scan And Recognize QR Codes With iPad 2

Here is a must have iPad 2 app.  If you have ever used  your iPhone or Android phone to scan QR codes then you know how useful they can be.  Now there is a new app out that will let you scan and use QR codes using your new iPad 2 camera.  Here’s why this is a must have app.

Scan And Recognize QR Codes With iPad 2

You might wonder what a QR code even is.  QR is short for Quick Response and QR codes are a specific matrix barcode that is readable by QR Code readers.  The information contained in the QR code can be text, an URL, or other data.  Basically, they are like bar codes that your iPad can read and act upon using an app.

QR Codes can be used for a ton of different things due to their flexibility.  You can use them for marketing, business, school, or for personal use and they are definitely growing in popularity. In fact, the featured image for this post is a QR code that takes you right back here to the TCGeeks website.

Introducing Scan

Scan QR Codes With iPad 2

Scan allows you to scan and interpret QR Codes using your iPad 2 camera.  It is the most straightforward QR Code scanner available.

Scan is completely free. There are no advertisements, “lite” version restrictions, etc. It’s just simple QR Code scanning the way it should be. No need to take a photo or press a “scan” button like other apps. Simply point your device’s camera at a QR Code, and you’re done!

If the code contains a website URL, you’ll automatically be taken to the site. If the code just contains text, you’ll immediately see it. For other formats (such as phone numbers, email addresses, or contact info), you will be prompted to take the appropriate action.

Each scan is logged (along with the date/time of scan) in a list containing your scan history. Simply tap a history item to be taken to the web site, text viewer, or action.

This is great news for everyone out there that wants to take advantage of QR Codes with their iPad 2!

If you would like to create your own QR Codes for distribution then you can sign up for free on the QR Code City website or here are a few other places:

Create a few of your own QR Codes and then check out Scan and start seeing how easy it is to use. You can download it free right here.

Originally posted 2011-03-23 16:01:26.


  1. tim says:

    I kinda like the rise of QR codes because they’re easy and fun. I wrote an article about how to make your own:

    And I had the idea to put a code for my site on a t-shirt… what do you think?

    1. Shane says:

      Actually I love the idea myself – and I’m even starting to wonder what else QR codes can do…loving what people are doing with them

  2. BeQRious says:

    I think that it’s great news for QR code lovers that the iPad2 can now scan QR codes. To be honest, iPad2 has to be the single most successful product in recent years, with millions of units in sales in its first weekend alone. Now I hear that they are forecasting a conservative estimate of 30 million units for this year. Having those iPad2s ready for QR codes would be a good sign for marketers and companies looking to use them.

    1. Shane says:

      I agree…I love that it can do these now and I really want to see how people are using QR codes for marketing and business…

  3. Kerem Erkan says:

    Scan is just an oversized version of its iPhone counterpart.

    Qrafter on the other hand is designed by taking the screen size of iPad into consideration. It’s free and you can get it from

  4. Sam P says:

    The fastest and most reliable QRCode reader I come across is QRCode Reader HD which is working smoothly on my iPad2. Get it from here..

  5. Ryan says:

    I still like “Scan” the best.

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