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Galaxy S9 camera can now scan QR codes without Bixby Vision

While the latest Galaxy S9 update brought a few camera features that have already been present on the Galaxy S10, it also introduced a new feature that is currently not available on any other Galaxy device. The June security update for the Galaxy S9 adds a toggle in the camera settings called Scan QR codes, which lets you scan QR codes by simply pointing the camera at them. Once a QR code is detected, the camera instantly shows a popup with the link to whatever website the QR code points to, letting you open that website with a single tap.

Bixby or third-party apps no longer necessary

With the built-in QR code scanner in the camera, Galaxy S9 owners no longer need to fire up Bixby Vision or use a third-party QR code scanning app. It’s unclear why this particular feature has been introduced on the Galaxy S9 and not Samsung’s latest flagships, but whatever the reason may be, it sure is useful. There’s even a quick toggle for the QR code scanner in the notification shade; tapping the toggle simply opens the camera app, and we’re assuming the toggle exists to make it easier for users to discover the feature as not everyone makes it a point to randomly tinker with their phone’s camera settings.

The QR code scanner is enabled by default once the new software update is installed on the Galaxy S9, and if you don’t think it’s something you’ll use often, you can disable it from the camera settings. We’d recommend leaving it as is, though, as it won’t really bother you in your day-to-day photography sessions but will be very handy when you do point it at a QR code.

We’re guessing the QR code scanning feature will come to at least the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 9 in the near future. Neither device has received the June security update yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know once that changes, so keep checking back to SamMobile!

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Model: SM-G965F
  • Dimensions: 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Display: 6.2” (158.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS Dual OIS (F1.5/F2.4) & Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4)

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bodypierced
bodypierced

Hello. I received the june’s update for my S9 france (XEF). I do’nt have any option qr code in camera ‘s tools…

iamviveksri
iamviveksri

i dont have the Scan QR Code option in my camera whereas it is showing updated to latest version….9.0.03.31. any reason please

Biransahin
Biransahin

Very good to have. I’ve been using the QR code reader built into Samsung Internet beta for months now, but this is even better. Hopefully will be on the June update for Note9.

yashsonkiya
yashsonkiya

yesterday i was finding that feature in Samsung Internet but i couldn’t find it. on my S8. happy to see that samsung has put it in the camera. hope this will come to S8 as well.

cardicek
cardicek

So you would like too much S8 support is slowly coming to nothing new no more 🙂 I recommend to buy at least S9 and you know

yashsonkiya
yashsonkiya

you are right but i thing i should buy new phone when 5G arives in my city til than S8 is my partner

mar11974
mar11974

QR Code reader was built into Samsung Internet for years up until the OneUi update.

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s still there, on Samsung Internet beta, which is totally stable, been using it for months on Note9 , the reader is in the corner of the address bar. Very handy.

Saranan Majilya
Saranan Majilya

Excellent. After ditching this feature from Samsung Internet browser I forced to install a app for it. Now we don’t need any 3rd party apps for qr reading which asks for lots of permission. Very good update.

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s still there, on Samsung Internet beta, which is totally stable, been using it for months, the reader is in the corner of the address bar.

locarno
locarno

” as not everyone makes it a point to randomly tinker with their phone’s camera settings.”

But changelog mention about it so they should tinker after update.

flashheart11
flashheart11

Finally Samsung! It took them long enough to recognise the need for this, especially since a lot of other android smartphones have this option for some time now. Hope to see this option on S10 soon.