Look for a good QR code scanner for your Windows PC? Look no further, here are some of the best QR code reader for Windows PC.
QR codes have become ubiquitous nowadays. In fact, most camera applications, especially on mobile phones, can read QR codes with no problems. QR codes are used for payments, to share URLs, WiFi passwords, product information, and any other no-so-easy to share information.
The best thing about QR codes is that you can pack so much information into a single QR code. Not to mention, it is quite easy to create your own QR codes with just a few clicks. For instance, I made a QR code guest WiFi setup and hung it in my home. When someone visits my home, all they have to do is scan the code to get access to the home WiFi.
If you want to read QR code on Windows, you need to use a special QR code reader application. This is because there is no built-in functionality in Windows to read QR codes. Thankfully, there is quite a lot of free QR code reader for Windows. So, without further ado, let me list a few of them for you.
Best QR Code Readers for Windows PC
1. IYIA QR Code Scanner
If you are on a Windows 10 system then IYIA QR Code Scanner is for you. IYIA QR Code Scanner is a UWP app and can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Store. This simply means that the installation and uninstallation will be clean and hassle-free. Most of all, the user interface is pretty minimal and straightforward.
When you want to scan a QR Code, simply open the application and put the QR code in front of the webcam. The app will instantly scan the code and display the information on the screen.
In addition to that, the app is also capable of keeping a history of all QR code scans and generate custom QR codes for you. These features are behind in-app purchases, though.
As good as the app is, the only downside is that it cannot read QR code images saved in your local drive. It needs to scan the QR code via webcam to read it.
2. Barcode Read It!
If you are looking for an all-in-one application that can read both QR codes and Barcodes then Barcode Read It is for you. The best thing about this application is that it can scan QR and Bar codes either via a webcam, from your computer screen, or from a saved file in your hard disk. Barcode Read It supports a wide range of QR Code types and even gives you relevant options based on the contents of the QR code. For instance, if a QR code contains a link, it will give you the option to open it in a browser.
Of course, being a full-featured application, it even lets you generate QR codes for your own needs. Once generated, you can share them directly from the app or download the QR code for offline or online uses. Did I mention that the application is completely free?
Just like the above application, Barcode Read It is also a Microsoft Store application. This means that it only supports Windows 10 and the installation and uninstallation will be clean.
Simply put, if you are looking for a full-featured QR code reader for Windows 10 PC then this is the application you should try.
3. Patra QR Code Reader
If you are looking for a simple application that can scan a QR Code on your screen then Patra QR Code Reader is pretty good. The application is pretty tiny and lightweight. The application does one thing and only one thing. i.e, scan the on-screen QR code. In fact, there are no settings or configurations needed to run this application.
To read a QR code in your computer, simply open the QR code so that it is displayed on the screen and then open the application. You will see a transparent black overlay over the screen. Select the area of the QR code with your mouse and the application will show the contents of that QR code in a pop-up window.
From the pop-up window, you can copy the information if you want to.
QRreader is very similar to IYIA QR Code Scanner in that it is mainly designed to scan QR codes via a webcam. The only difference is that it is a good old win32 application and works on all Windows versions like 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Also, the user interface is pretty familiar. It cannot scan QR codes on your computer screen or stored as an image file in your hard drive.
To use the QRreader, simply download and launch the application. You will see a tiny window with your webcam view. Place the QR code in front of the webcam and the app will automatically read and display the contents of the target QR code.
If you are looking for a free and traditional win32 application to read QR codes in Windows then QRreader is pretty good.
Wrapping Up – List of Best QR Code Readers for Windows
As you can see, though not many, the ones that are available are pretty good at what they do. After all, since most of us have mobile phones, you will only ever need these applications in pretty rare situations. In those cases, these applications can do that job just fine.
Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.