iOS 11 added the option to scan a QR code with the built-in camera app on an iPhone. However, I couldn’t find an option to scan a QR code from an image saved to my camera roll or otherwise already saved to Files and not something printed or physical external to the phone.

How can I scan a QR code from an image already saved on an iPhone?


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The app QR Reader for iPhone on the App Store is quite a powerful QR code app. Check it out.

I use it infrequently, but I'm glad I have it in my toolbox.

Another reader that isn't scammy or tries to advertise / monetize your use is QRafter Pro and it's very solid over years of use.

Disclaimer: We're satisfied users of QR Reader/ QRafter for iPhone, and there are no financial or other connections between to TapMedia Ltd or QRafter.

  • Thanks, @bmike. How is it scummy and monetizes my use? I'm intrigued.
    – IconDaemon
    Mar 17, 2018 at 18:38
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    Both of these readers are awesome. Feel free to roll back or edit my edit if I’m somehow putting your suggestion in anything but top billing. Just wanted a second candidate app to try.
    – bmike
    Mar 17, 2018 at 20:52
  • I see no problem with your edit or comment @bmike. I just tried QRafter on my iPhone and it is indeed awesome. We make QRafter available on our managed fleet of iPads at work, but I'd never used it myself.
    – IconDaemon
    Mar 18, 2018 at 13:51
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    I don’t see anything in either App Store listing that says it can read an internal image.
    – WGroleau
    May 4, 2019 at 14:19
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    @WGroleau I’ve just tried QR Reader (the first app linked here) and it has a flower icon to import a QR code from a photo already in the photo library. Paired with the screenshot tool, this is a way to read a QR code from any app or website viewed on the same device. Jun 24, 2020 at 20:47

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