How to scan a QR code with your iPhone or Android phone without an app

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Quick Response codes, better known as QR codes, are those pixelated squares you see in restaurants, advertisements, stores, food packaging, business cards, airline tickets – you name it. Some developers would lead you to believe you need to download their app to scan them. Spoiler: Your phone can do that with built-in features.

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QR codes were initially created to track automotive parts, but now they’re used for much more.

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