Top 5 Free QR Code Apps For Your iPhone

So, you want to get started using QR codes but you need a QR code app.  Which one do you choose?

Fortunately, you have a lot of choices.  There are thousands of search results for the keywords “QR scanner”.  Some are good.  Some are bad.  And let’s just not mention the really awful ones.  Today, let’s focus on the Top 5 Free QR code apps you should consider for you iPhone.

Top 5 Free QR Code Apps

Bakodo – Barcode Scanner and QR Code Scanner

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Top 5 Free QR Code Apps For Your iPhone - Bakodo - App screenBakodo does a good jobs scaning QR codes quickly and easily with just a second or so delay upon opening.
You are shown the data (in this case, a URL) and given the option to perform the default action (Open URL) or to view the data.  If the encoded data is not in an expected format, such as this one from Core Bamboo, you are given the option to view the data.

Every code that I scanned which contained an improperly formatted URL, omitting the http:// for example, Bakodo hyperlinked the data and I could reach the site as intended.  The app also keeps a history of your scans so you can revisit a site even after you no longer have access to the QR code.

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QR Code Reviews – Edwards Cookies & Creme Pie

QR Code Reviews - Edwards Cookies & Creme PieMaking effective QR codes takes work.  To shortcut the amount of learning and work required, you can look at how others are using QR codes.  By using the best techniques you find and avoiding the worst problems, you can make your QR codes be the best they can be.

QR Code Reviews - Edwards Cookies & Creme Pie - QR codeToday we look at a QR code that can be found on the back of a yummy cookies & creme pie from Edwards Desserts.  Most of the time, desserts like this are not as good as they look (at least, to me) but I was pleasantly surprised.  It was pretty fantastic.  Plus, it had a QR code!  What could be better?

Unfortunately, it started to head downhill from there.  At least it tasted good…

Oh, and the QR code was a little less than 3/4 of an inch square with a call-to-action but no URL.

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QR Code Reviews – Lil Fishys Motorized Water Pets

qr-code-reviews-lil-fishysMaking effective QR codes takes work.  To shortcut the amount of learning and work required, you can look at how others are using QR codes.  By using the best techniques you find and avoiding the worst problems, you can make your QR codes be the best they can be.

qr-code-reviews-lil-fishys-qrToday we look at a QR code that can be found on a Lil’ Fishys Motorized Water Pet.  This one appears to be named Brooks.  The code is about 1 inch square and includes a good call-to-action but no URL.

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QR Code Reviews – GE Wireless Door Chime

QR Code Reviews - GE Wireless Door Chime Making effective QR codes takes work.  To shortcut the amount of learning and work required, you can look at how others are using QR codes.  By using the best techniques you find and avoiding the worst problems, you can make your QR codes be the best they can be.

QR Code Reviews - GE Wireless Door Chime - QR codeToday we look at a QR code that can be found on a wireless door chime by GE.  This code is a little over 1 inch square.  It includes a call-to-action but no URL.

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QR Code Reviews – Crowd Control Proline

qr-code-reviews-crowd-control-prolineMaking effective QR codes takes work.  To shortcut the amount of learning and work required, you can look at how others are using QR codes.  By using the best techniques you find and avoiding the worst problems, you can make your QR codes be the best they can be.

qr-code-reviews-crowd-control-proline-qrToday we look at a QR code that on a product that helps us keep order, a Crowd Control Proline.  Similar products can be found at restaurants, stores, churches, and other locations where people need a visual barrier to keep the lines flowing.  The interesting thing about this product is the automatic retracting ribbon that you can attach to another Proline post.

This QR code is about 1 inch square.  It does not include a call-to-action but nearby, there is a URL.

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