PC Doctor March 29, 2021

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Dear PC Doctor:

The club I help lead has been meeting via Zoom instead of in person. On our last meeting invitation, my co-leader put a QR code for the meeting registration instead of a URL. Her phone is an iPhone and she just had to point her camera at the QR code and her browser took her to the meeting registration page. Nothing happened when I used my phone. It's an older LG. Can my phone read QR codes? How?


Old Phone

Dear Old Phone:

If your phone is a smart phone and has a camera, it should be able to use a QR code. QR codes have been around since the mid-1990s and started to be more commonly seen in the early 2000s.

You didn't mention the model number for your phone - if you know it, you can look up online how your phone reads QR codes. You could also look in the user's manual that came with your phone. Some phones read them almost automatically, like your friend's, some need a separate QR code reader app, and some use a combination of the phone's camera and buttons.

Try this for your LG phone: Open your camera and focus on the code. Make sure everything is clear and visible. Hold the home button on your phone to open a Google search. Holding the button while the camera is focused on the code will trigger Google search to unlock the information in the code.

I hope this helps!
Until next time,

Happy Computing!

PC Doctor

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