9 Free Barcode scanner apps for Android

Very quickly, small barcodes (including QR codes, Data Matrix codes, etc.) have merged into our lives. And after all, they really can greatly facilitate our life because, with the help of some, you can go to various Internet sites or get contact information, and for this, you do not need to remember the address of the web page! Now QR-codes are found almost everywhere: on the streets of the city, food packages, and business cards. It’s clear, to read them, you need a special software. The 9 best solutions for this problem will be discussed later.

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Barcode Scanner

The best barcode scanner software for Android OS. With the help of this tool, the user has the ability to decode barcodes on CDs, commodities, books, and other goods, learn their implication, view reviews, and other interesting info. In additives, this utility can be used to read QR codes carrying URLs, contacts, calendar events, and other information data.

Barcode Scanner perfectly copes with its main objective – fast downloading of games, programs, and other media content to the smartphone. On many sites, before downloading various files, you must identify the QR code, and only after this action, you are given a link for download.

To get the essential info about the goods, you just need to launch the software and put the main camera of the phone on the barcode, and everything else will do the tool for you. Your task will remain the choice of the seek method: a specific database or Google search engine. The decrypted code is kept in the history.

The utility ensures a chance to share a barcode through the mail or find the literature of interest with the help of verbal requests. The Barcode Scanner provides for the tool of QR-code decoration, according to which the recognition of codes becomes feasible even if the user’s smartphone does not have the best camera.


  • reading barcodes, QR codes, and Data Matrix codes;
  • the function of information search by code through the browser;
  • search for products in the Google Shopper directory;
  • creation of own QR-codes;
  • adding codes to contacts;
  • exchange of codes by e-mail;
  • saves the history with the read codes.

Downloads: +100000000

Costumers rating: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)


QR Barcode Scanner permits you to easily recognize any variety of QR codes and decrypt them. It can be links to web resources, contact details, phone numbers, product names, and other textual information. Scanning the code is done using the camera of the mobile device, and after a few seconds, the screen displays encrypted information. Also, the program is able to work with saved images containing QR-codes. Recognized codes are stored in the corresponding section of the application, which allows you to return to them at any time. After recognition, you can save contact information, dial a phone number, go to the link or launch a search for a description and prices for the product.

In addition to scanning, the utility allows you to create your own QR codes with the necessary information, which can be shared using e-mail, SMS, Bluetooth or social networks. Thus, we can safely say that QR Barcode Scanner has all the necessary functions for full-fledged work with QR-codes.

The program has absorbed the best features of other similar utilities. Its merits include such items:

  1. Scan the barcode on any surface.
  2. Compatibility with old phone models.
  3. The fastest program that scans all standard types of codes.

Downloads: +10000000

Costumers rating: 3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

Google Goggles

Perhaps one of the best applications for recognizing barcodes, QR codes, and not only. In addition to its usual functions, Google Goggles has the ability to translate text that falls into the camera lens in any language.

The Google Goggles tool supports scanning of QR codes and barcodes. The application reads the info kept in the QR code and looks for information about the pertinent commodity in Google Search and Google Shopping. Code scanning is the only feature that does not require users to touch the “capture” button. As soon as the code is found out, your gadget oscillates slightly and handling begins automatically. A second after that, all confessed entities will be displayed at the bottom of the utility interface. In case of problems with commodity finding, touch and hold the result to select the object.

With one touch, you will unfold a new page where you can perform more actions with the code. In the case of a text QR code, the search results are automatically displayed at the bottom as a list. You may also copy the text for later usage. Moreover, you can append contacts if the QR-code is encrypted in the business card format.

As for barcode scanning, Google Shopping ensures only a confined count of goods and the Google service itself does not sell the product. The Google Goggles tool offers you affordable applications for shopping in your area.

Downloads: +10000000

Costumers rating: 4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

QR & Barcode Scanner PRO

The application is intuitive for the user. Autoscan and recognition is done without the need to change the scale or the need to take a photo in advance.

Features (codes available for reading):

  • links to sites (URL);
  • reading smartphone contacts;
  • recognizes calendar events;
  • reads e-mail and messages;
  • data on geolocation;
  • reading of data about Wi-Fi;
  • codes of goods in stores;
  • ISBN.

After scanning and automatically decoding the barcode or QR code, a window with options for actions appears.

A convenient option is to recognize codes from coupons (for getting discounts). Also, you can read codes for the products of some stores with the possibility of comparing prices for these names in other stores.

Downloads: +100000

Costumers rating: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

QR Barcode Scanner by VillaCat

Using the QR Barcode Scanner application, you can decode the barcode. This software is completely free. When scanning, if the QR-code contains the address of the site, then you will automatically get to it. The application considers both QR codes and Data Matrix.

Features of the program:

  • the ability to scan barcodes through the camera of your device;
  • the possibility of viewing the history list of all previous scans;
  • the possibility to create your own QR codes;
  • share QR codes by means of electronic communication.

To scan the code, start the application, point the camera at the barcode (the picture should completely fall into the viewfinder rectangle), the rest of the application will do it for you. Decoding occurs instantly, then the program asks what to do with it: search for the product or information on the Internet, share via SMS or e-mail.

The settings for the application are flexible enough. When scanning barcodes, you can disable the recognition of linear barcodes, Data Matrix, QR-codes. The application allows you to enable/disable sound and vibration alarms. It is also possible to enable the automatic activation of the flashlight, it is activated when there is insufficient lighting in the room. The program will help you find information about the scanned goods on the Internet, compare prices, etc.

The program has a fairly simple non-trivial interface, it can be understood even by a housewife. But the program contains a rather large amount of advertising. Do not forget that you need Internet access to use.

Downloads: +1000000

Costumers rating: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

ShopSavvy Barcode & QR Scanner

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner – one of the most worthy programs for scanning QR and barcode codes and the following receipt of information on them. But, not counting the scanning, the application allows you to create QR-codes with encrypted data such as contacts, text, links to websites or programs without the help of others.

Downloads: +10000000

Costumers rating: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

ScanLife Barcode & QR Reader

The developer positions this application as a multifunctional high-speed barcode scanner. It is able to scan all common code formats and, by decoding results, open links, search for product prices, and much more. This application will be an excellent companion for productive shopping. ScanLife Barcode & QR Scanner is primarily focused on working with a variety of products. Thanks to this, you can compare the price in just seconds, get access to reviews and descriptions directly on the screen of your mobile device.

The social component of the application allows you to monitor in real time what millions of other users are scanning around you. Integration with Facebook and Twitter permits you to publish the results of your research, exporting them from the search history. Instant access to the current prices for millions of products in the largest online stores and retail chains will afford you to make only profitable acquisitions. Surveys of real buyers, information about current discounts, and promotions are just the tip of the iceberg hiding in the bowels of ScanLife Barcode.

Downloads: +10000000

Costumers rating: 4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

QR Droid Code Scanner

QR Droid combines not only a variety of functions but also ease of use, as well as the flexibility of settings. The tool allows not only to scan and recognize barcodes but also to create your own. However, unlike many other applications, QR Droid has a very wide range of capabilities in this area. So, with this utility, the user will be able to create his own encoded business card, which can then be transferred from device to device, as well as share it via e-mail or upload to the QR Droid server. There is also the possibility of creating encoded contacts from the phone’s address book.

Each QR code can be painted in any color for easy sorting and use. In addition to these functions, it is also possible to encode any calendar event or own location on the GPS network coordinates. And in order to every time not to enter a password for the WI-Fi network, you can create a special code that will allow you to easily connect to it. Quite original is the ability to create code for payments through PayPal. All these functions allow you to bring this application to a very high level and take a worthy place in the market for similar applications for mobile devices running the Android operating system.  Such a function as the preservation of the history of all operations performed on reading and creating QR codes is quite well implemented in QR Droid app.

The codes can be read both from the camera of the phone and from the saved image from the memory card of the device. Also, you can manually enter numbers from any barcode, in case the code image is of poor quality or the QR Droid for some reason cannot recognize it. In general, the recognition of codes by this application is quite fast and accurate and does not contain any comments.

Each user, thanks to the flexibility of the settings, can configure the QR Droid strictly according to his requests and the capabilities of a particular mobile device. That, in turn, only contributes to the popularity of this application.

Downloads: +50000000

Costumers rating: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

QuickMark Barcode Scanner

QuickMark is a multifunctional mobile application for working with barcodes. It is easy to use, reads any format, and has a large number of additional functions.

In the settings, you can adjust the interface language, sound, flash, preview, and so on. In addition, selectively determine the formats of codes with which you plan to work. QuickMark recognizes the following formats: Quick Code, QR Code, Data Matrix, EAN 8/13, Code39, Code128. This is more than enough, and, it seems to us, most users will limit themselves to just a few of them. Scanning is performed by the built-in camera, from the image or from the browser. There is also the manual input of information from barcodes (linear) when the user manually enters the digits from the barcode in the application.

History stores codes that were once read. Be careful when creating an account, all stored information in the section will be deleted!

The Create section allows you to create your own codes for:

  • contacts of the address book;
  • mobile applications;
  • bookmarks;
  • SMS;
  • e-mail;
  • points of geo-locations;
  • activities;
  • business cards;
  • any other text.

Downloading the application, you will be satisfied with what you will see: the speed of the application and the abundance of additional functions will please. The design is also at an altitude, from the icon to the smallest details of the interface – everything is done at a high level. Even the advertising built into the application looks unobtrusive and does not cause irritation. By the way, it can be removed by transferring a small amount of money to the account of developers.

Downloads: +5000000

Costumers rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Recognize a particular bar code on the product will not be superfluous. And even more so, to scan QR-codes, which mark the surrounding objects: from the tablets on the monuments of architecture to the advertising brochures. The apps we reviewed have the highest rating on Google Play. One of these programs you should definitely have on your gadget.