5 Best QR Code Scanner App For Pixel 3

QR codes was the new marketing tool on the block years ago, but as folks discovered, not everyone had a QR code scanner on their phone to use them. Nor was it easy to get a QR code scanner to use them. That said, QR codes pretty much stopped being used, but there are still a handful of companies that are holding onto them to offer exclusive discounts and promotions for their customers.

Want to take advantage of the QR codes that are available today on your Pixel 3? Follow along with us below, and we’ll show you five of the best QR code scanners you can download for your phone. So without further ado, here they are:

Lightning QR Code

Lightning QR Code is first up on our countdown, working as a barcode scanner optimized to scan QR codes and barcodes. This one can be downloaded for free, and comes with a handful of features to help you scan codes. You can use your QR Code scanner with the zoom feature, which makes it easy to decode small codes, or codes that are far away.

Concerned about privacy with these types of apps? You don’t have to worry about this one — it only asks for the Camera permission, and not any others.

Download it now: Google Play

Free QR Scanner

Free QR Scanner is up next, which, obviously, is free to download. This one is a super fast and safe QR scanner, allowing you to easily scan barcodes. It’s very simple, and easy to use. This is an all-in-one scanner and reader app, allowing you to scan standard 1D and 2D types, essentially all QR codes and barcodes on the market.

One of the neat things about this choice is that the Free QR Scanner doesn’t require an Internet connection, and there’s even a scan history. There’s also an instant scan features, which allows you to instantly scan without much buffering.

Download it now: Google Play

QR Code Reader

QR Code Reader is up next in third place, aimed at being one of the fastest QR code scanners on Android. This one makes it pretty simple to scan QR codes and barcodes, allowing you to almost instantly scan the code. One of the nice things about this one is that it supports most QR codes on the market, essentially and automatically recognizing any QR code. Like we mentioned, it’s quite easy to scan the QR code; however, if the code contains a URL, you can open up your browser to the site by pressing browser button inside the scanner . If the code contains only text, such as a promo code, QR Code Reader instantly brings it up.

Download it now: Google Play

QR & Barcode Scanner

In fourth on our countdown, we have the QR & Barcode Scanner — this one essentially does the same as the others, though it does have support for book ISBNs as well. One of the aspects that sets this one apart is that it is extremely easy to use — you can simply point your scanner towards a QR or barcode you want to scan, and then the app will automatically detect and scan it. No need to press any buttons, take photos or adjust zoom — it all happens automatically.

Another unique aspect — you can even use QR & Barcode Scanner to scan coupons and coupon codes to receive discounts and save some money on your next purchase.

Download it now: Google Play

QR Scanner

And finally, we have QR Scanner. Again, this one does essentially the same as the rest, though we think the quality might be just a little lower. There’s still an instant scanning feature, meaning you don’t have any buffering stopping you. One of the first things that you’ll have to do upon opening the app is allowing the Camera permission, but from there, you should be able to scan just about any QR code or barcode you can find.

There is a button that you need to tap on to indicate that you’re ready to scan the code.

Download it now: Google Play


QR Code scanners are a dime a dozen. There are countless choices on the market right now, though we’re confident that we’ve listed the five best that you can get today. Most of these are free to download, though some might have in-app purchases to help get rid of those annoying in-app ads. It’s usually a small price — like $0.99 to $1.99 — and may be worth it if you use QR codes on the regular.

Do you have a favorite QR code scanner for the Pixel 3? Let us know what it is in the comments section below, and you might see it up on our list in the future!

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