QR codes have become a staple in our everyday lives. Companies use them for everything from marketing campaigns to movie tickets thanks to the security they provide for these types of transactions. But for years, Android users have to download an app to scan these codes. Well, no longer.
Pixel owners can enjoy a feature that iPhone users have had for years, the ability to scan QR codes in the standard camera application. By including support for this feature, Google has given its users two things. First, it is convenient not to have to download another app and secondly an extra security layer because you avoid potentially malicious QR scanning programs created by third-party developers. This feature is available for the entire Pixel phone line, from Pixel 1
Step 1: Update Google Camera App
To use this feature, you need to be on the latest version of the Camera app. You can use the link below to find the app in the Play Store. Choosing "Update" – if this button says "Open" instead, you are already on the latest version.
Step 2: Enable object suggestions  Then open the camera app and swipe over to the tab More . Select "Settings" and then enable "Google Lens Suggestions". This enables Google's visual searches AI in your camera app to provide live search results of everything you point to your camera – including QR codes.
Now, when you want to scan a QR code , open the camera app and take the QR code within the viewfinder area. The link associated with the QR code appears at the bottom of the screen. Select the link to switch to it or select the Google Lens icon (located to the right of the link) to open the Google Lens option in the camera folder.
This feature works for many things, not just QR codes. With Google Lens Suggestions enabled in your camera app, you can now translate text, identify landmarks, save business cards as contacts, and more – all from your camera app app. In short, just point your camera at something and tap the little suggestion popup to learn more about it.
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