Featured: Top 10 Barcode and QR Scanner Apps for Android

Barcodes are on the back of pretty much every pack of food, every toy, every bottle of drink or whatever it is you buy, which makes scanning them relatively easy. The same goes for QR codes; they're all over the place these days. As such, our Top 10 list of Barcode and QR Scanner Apps for Android should have something to help you find a better deal, scan QR codes safely or just have fun with barcodes (if such a thing is possible).

Watch Membership Android Wear

Watch Membership is an app for Android Wear smartwatches that puts little barcodes on your wrist. The aim is to create small codes from your card number or that sort of thing and then use them to scan at checkout or something similar. This is an app that hasn't been updated for a little while now, but it's one of the more featured Wear apps out there that can handle barcodes, and it's something fun to play around with.


ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

ShopSavvy is an app geared towards those looking to get the best deal on what you want. If you're at the store and you see something, but you don't know if you're getting a good deal, then ShopSavvy can help. You essentially scan an item like you would at the store with your phone or tablet and it'll compare products together as well as suggest similar alternatives. It's a nice way of utilizing your smartphone to help out your budget and it's been around for a long time and continues to get better.

Quick Barcode Scanner

Quick Barcode Scanner is a short and sweet app that really does live up to its title. It's simple and easy to use, and basically scans barcodes quickly to give you information on the web while on the move or just looking to make things as simple as possible. If you're looking for something that can give you the info you need as quickly as possible, then this is that app.

Kaspersky QR Scanner

The whole point of Kaspersky even releasing a QR code scanner app is of course, to keep people safe. It'll let you know when you're scanning a QR code that wants to take you down a dangerous rabbit hole on the internet. This is perhaps not an app for those that have been around for a while, but more something for your children or your parents, to let them know that QR codes can be just as nasty as those links you don't want to click online. It's also a fairly polished app and has even been tested on the latest version of Android as well, which is nice.

Wear Codes for Android Wear

Wear Codes is an Android Wear app that lets you add certain codes to display on your wrist and separate things like your boarding pass from your supermarket loyalty card. It's a good-looking app and is continually updated (just a couple of days ago as of writing). A nice thing to try out and take better advantage of your smartwatch.


RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner

RedLaser is another staple that's been around for quite some time, and it's yet another app to help shoppers out. It allows you to scan barcodes and QR codes in order to find information on products as well as find a better deal elsewhere. It can also inform you of good deals nearby and just like ShopSavvy, make your money go further. Having said all that, it's about time eBay really updated their barcode scanner app really, as it's been sat since last summer without an update as of writing.

Barcode scanner + Inventory

This is an interesting app, and while it's not exactly the easiest app out there to use, it's a powerful little tool. Regardless of whether you're looking to keep tabs on your store's stock or just simply organize things at home, Barcode scanner + Inventory is a way to do that. The user interface could do with some streamlining, but once you get used to it, then you'll see that the backend side of things is really quite powerful, indeed.

Barcode Architect

So no, this isn't a barcode scanner, it's a way of creating your own barcodes, which could be something you've been looking to do for a long time. Maybe you're opening up a store or looking to create products for a product of yours or just keep stock of what you have at home. It's a nifty little app and one that can help you neaten your inventories up and such.


Smart QR Code Scanner is an app that aims to make life easier through this nifty little codes and it'll even help you create them with GPS tags as well. More of an app for those looking to experiment with tags and codes, this isn't your typical scanner and it could be the start of an interesting little project for many of you.


ScanLife Barcode & QR Reader

ScanLife is another app like RedLaser and ShopSavvy and will collect a library of things you've scanned over the months and give you upcoming deals on these items and recommended alternatives, that sort of thing. It's a good app if you're really into scanning things and it might just help you find a better place to shop when it comes to your regular purchases in life.

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.
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