How to Scan QR Codes on Plant Tags and Signs

Updated November 2, 2017

Since Plantsmap.com is a mobile website and not an app, you may need to download a QR code reader from an app store for your smartphone or tablet to scan the tags.

Some phones come with a built in QR reader but we recommend the following QR code scanners as they are regularly updated and built for opening mobile websites.

Also know that the age of your phone has something to do with how well these scanners will work. The ability to scan is directly related to the camera optics and newer phones have vastly improved cameras.

Your cellular or wifi internet access may also disrupt the ability to scan a tag as well.

  • From Scan Inc. – Scan.Me – One of the QR code readers we’ve found that works really well and is widely available is from Scan Inc. From your phone simply visit Scan.Me and choose the appropriate version for your phone and decide if you want the free version or pay for the ad-free version. The ad-free version of the Scan Inc. QR Code reader is currently $1.99 and it seems to be significantly faster than the free version and we think it is well worth the price. We assume this speed boost is because you aren’t waiting for their ads to load.
  • QuickMark Scanner is another app that has been recommended to us. It is available in both Android and iPhone versions.
  • Twitter Now Has A Built-in QR Code Scanner that was launched via their mobile app update in 2016.
    • iOS Phones: There are 2 ways to access the scanner from the Twitter for iOS app: 1) Go to the Connect tab: Tap the search icon and tap QR Code. This will bring up the scanner. 2) From your profile page: Tap the gear icon  and then tap QR Code. Tap QR scanner.
    • Android Phones: There are 2 ways to access the scanner from the Twitter for Android app:  From the navigation menu icon or your profile icon, tap QR code. This will bring up the scanner. 2) From your profile page: Tap the overflow icon and then tap QR Code. Tap QR scanner.

Microsoft Windows Phones – It has come to our attention that like the website browser compatability issue of using Internet Explorer (no longer supported by Microsoft) on a computer, you will need to update your Windows Phone to the new Microsoft Edge mobile browser. You may also need to check that your QR code scanner has also been updated on your phone.

Additionally, we have learned that as of July 2017 Microsoft will not be updating our supporting their Windows Phones. So future compatibility issues with mobile websites and Windows Phones may be an issue.


More toubleshooting tips

There are many other free readers available in the app stores. We’ve tried dozens of them. If you want to try some, just search for “QR Code Reader” to get the list of available QR Code reader apps. Be sure that you are using a QR code and not a bar code scanner.

There are two things to be aware of when you use these QR code reader apps:

  1. Some of these QR Code reader apps have their own browser built into their app. We have seen some that display the linked page but the button’s aren’t clickable on the page. Most of these apps have a setting to open pages in your phone’s default browser.This is helpful if you are scanning tags for your own plants because you can sign in to PlantsMap.com with and then when you scan a tag, immediately start editing your plant by adding more information and photos.
  2. Some QR Code reader apps also read other kinds of codes. If you are trying to scan a QR Code and the scanner isn’t working, make sure you aren’t on the UPC scanner setting.
  3. Older QR Code readers only see black on white and you have to go into the settings to change them to scan our tags which are the inverse, white on black. New scanners can read both and can adjust automatically but check your settings just to make sure if you are having difficulty.

We plan to incorporate our own QR reader in future developments of a companion app for our website. Until then, you can either use the QR Code reader of your choice.


Other Options

You can use our Search tool on the top of our site to find a plant’s information page.

You can use the list view icon on a profile’s plant library to find a plant page.

For other QR code help please see these articles:

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave