The WhatsApp QR Code has some functions that facilitate several actions in the messaging app, available for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. The QR code allows, for example, to add contacts, connect your smartphone to WhatsApp Web and even contact companies and services. In addition, the messenger also has a screen reserved for the user to view and share the code if desired. In the list below, check out what WhatsApp QR Code is for.
1. To connect devices on WhatsApp Web
One of the main functions of the WhatsApp QR Code is to allow you to use the messenger on your computer. The QR Code is displayed on the PC screen and users must use the messaging app to scan the code to connect their phone to WhatsApp Web. To do so, in a browser, go to “https://web.whatsapp.com/” (without quotes). Then open your messenger on your smartphone and the home screen tap on the three vertical dots located on the right side of the top of the screen.
Then select the “Connected devices” option and then tap “Connect a device”. Simply point your phone camera at the WhatsApp Web page and scan the QR Code.
2. Open external links sent from the messenger
You can scan QR Codes sent in the messenger chat in WhatsApp itself, like to view a menu or a webpage, for example. The procedure to scan a photo sent in the app can be done in two ways: the first is to open an individual or group chat, and then tap the camera icon. After that, you have to choose the image with the QR code and wait for WhatsApp to scan it.
The second way to do this is through the scan tool of the messenger. In this case, go into “Settings” and tap on the QR Code icon displayed next to your profile name. Then go to “Scan Code” and then tap on the gallery icon at the bottom of the screen. Select the WhatsApp QR Code from the gallery and then tap “OK”.
3. Add Contacts to Phonebook
Another action that can be done in the messenger from QR Code is adding contacts to the phonebook. Users can forward the QR code to friends and family to add the contact just by reading the code sent. To do this, tap on the WhatsApp menu represented by the three vertical dots. Then go to “Scan Code” and then tap on the gallery icon at the bottom of the screen. There, select the image shared by a third party and then tap on “Add contact”.
4. Scan a company to get in touch
It is common for businesses to post WhatsApp QR codes so that customers can quickly get in touch via messenger. To scan a company’s WhatsApp QR code, simply tap the three vertical dots located on the home screen and then go to “Settings”. Then a QR Code icon appears next to your profile name.
Tap it, and then select the “Scan Code” option. To scan it, place the phone over the QR code and press “Start Chat” to open the chat. The feature facilitates contact between customers and stores since it is not necessary to include the contact in the phone book to send messages.
How to scan QR Code in WhatsApp?
There are a few ways to scan a QR Code on WhatsApp. The most common one is through the native tool in the messenger, in which case you need to scan the code yourself. Go into the app settings and then tap on the QR icon that appears next to your name. Then press “Scan Code”.
You can also perform the procedure by tapping the camera icon on the messenger’s home screen and placing the phone over the QR code to scan it. Moreover, you can also scan the QR Code on WhatsApp from the chat screen. To do so, go into a chat, select the camera icon and capture the QR Code.
Another way to read the code is through photos, and to do this, simply follow the same path explained to access the scanning tool. On the feature screen a photo icon will appear: tap on it. Now select an image from the gallery with the QR Code for the app to direct the user to the code action.