Saturday, March 10, 2012

10 QR Readers for the iPad

Here are 10 QR readers for your iPad - all bar one for Free. QR Code scanners can be lots of fun in the classroom. We have used them to generate discussion around types of data, presented classroom information as well as presenting clues to treasure hunts. The treasure hunt idea is always a popular way to finish a unit of work. We normally use QR codes to give hints to the next clue or to the location of the clues. The students have to use the information from the unit of work to solve the clues along the way. Lots of fun, lots of laughs and lots of learning.

QR Code Reader and Scanner: FREE
A QR Code is a matrix barcode, readable by QR scanners. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. QR is the initialism of Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. 

Qrafter: FREE
Qrafter is a barcode scanner for iDevices. Its purpose is to scan and parse the contents of QR Codes. It also generate QR Codes when you purchase the "Pro Pack". Qrafter is a fast QR Code scanner that can also handle color inverted code scanning. It has QR Code generation from scratch as well as embedded web browser with vCard and iCalendar support.

Quick Scan: FREE
Quick Scan helps you scan and decode all the QR codes around you, including contact, detail, plain text, website URL, telephone number, SMS message, email address, email message, calendar event, locations and more. Features: Fastest QR Code and Data Matrix scanning. Perform all the actions related to the QR code without quitting the app.

QR Code Reader HD: $0.99 AU
Scans all common QR codes with iPhone 3 or 4, iPod Touch and iPad2! It has a unique instant scan feature: hit the app icon and instantly go to websites. QR Reader HD can scan common QR business cards directly into your address book! No buttons, no focusing, no frills. This is one of the fastest reader on the market.

ScanLife: FREE
ScanLife turns your iDevice into an all-in-one bar code reader to launch content. Scan any barcode that you find in print, packaging, or business cards to launch specific websites, videos, or contact information. You can view a Live Feed of scanning activity right from the app. Personalize your experience by choosing a scanning theme from Classic to Fighter Jet. 

Universal Scanner: FREE
An advanced QR code and barcode scanner. Scanning is easy; just point at any QR code or barcode, and Universal Scanner will do the rest. When a QR code is scanned, the appropriate iOS action is taken. The built in QR code generator supports creating codes for contacts, emails, locations, phone numbers, SMS messages, text, URLs, and WiFi. Share with email.

Scan: FREE
Scan is completely free. It's just simple QR Code and barcode scanning the way it should be. Open the app, point the camera at the code and you’re done! No need to take a photo or press a "scan" button like other apps. When scanning a QR Code, if the code contains a website URL, you'll automatically be taken to the site. 

Easy QR is a tool for you to generate and scan QR code. You can generate QR code from your contact list or any information you input. After that, you can share it with your friends by email. If your friends also have Easy QR, they can easily scan the code with it. Easy QR will help you to save them into you contact list. 

i-nigma turns your camera into a barcode reader thanks to exceptionally quick and robust scanning, it is regularly ranked as top performer in this category.  Scan colored and creative barcodes. All codes are scanned simultaneously. Share scanned codes through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

RedLaser is an easy to use QR reader It has everything you loved in RL Classic and more of the functionality that was requested by users. Scan faster, even without autofocus! RedLaser uses state-of-the-art barcode recognition that can read virtually any product barcode or QR code. Organize and share your scans! 


  1. You list both iPhone and iPad QR scanners. Why not restrict the list to iPad optimized QR scanners? And some of the free iPad ones are missing, like 2Decode, Decodely, QR code Helper ,QR Code, QRset.

    1. Pierre

      These lists are never designed to be exhaustive. Instead they are conversation starters to get teachers thinking about how they might use certain types of tools in their classrooms. I appreciate the QR tools you have added to the list of ones teachers may investigate using. I am sure people will check some of these out.

      Thank you for your contribution

  2. You left off what I consider to be the best classroom QR reader, i-Nigma. It's the fastest one I've seen and doesn't usually ask for permission to go on the web when scanning a code linked to a URL which sounds trivial but makes it a lot easier to use with primary age students.

    Also, you only listed 9 readers.

  3. Thanks Courtland

    Added in i-nigma. Now we have ten.


  4. Awesome list, it is indeed helpful when the student needs to read the instructions for a certain task, they just have to scan the QR Code using iPad and use text-to-speech app. Just that easy!

  5. For free scanner, I will go for Quick Scan. ScanLife isn't bad too. Nice list Grag!

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