How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it’s offline

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it’s offline

QR codes are an easy way to share a phone number, URL, and lots of other data types. You can post the code anywhere — online or through printing it — and people will get quick access to the included data when they scan it. By default, iPhones are capable of detecting QR codes without installing any third-party apps — through the built-in Camera app. Additionally, iOS 15 enables users to detect these codes on images in the Photos app. There’s no obvious option to generate a QR code on iOS, and using third-party apps or websites isn’t the most convenient or privacy-focused option. However, there is a way to build a tool without depending on third-party solutions. Here’s how to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it’s offline.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it’s offline

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Launch the built-in Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Click on the plus (+) icon in the top right corner.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Give your shortcut a name and choose an icon.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Click on the search field at the bottom of the screen.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Type Ask, and tap on the first result.
  • Click on the search field again.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Type QR, and choose the first result.
  • Click on the search field one more time.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Type Share, and go for the first result.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Save the shortcut — which should have the form displayed above.

How to generate a QR code on your iPhone while it's offline

  • Voila! Now whenever you trigger the shortcut, it’ll ask for the text and generate a QR code containing it on the spot — without needing an internet-connected iPhone. You can add a Shortcuts widget to your Home Screen for quick access or even ask Siri to run it.

QR codes make sharing a piece of information one scan away. If you have a store, for example, it’s easier for people to scan the QR code that redirects to your website directly from a poster. Having to memorize or type URLs, especially long ones, could discourage potential customers from visiting your webpage.

Will you be using this tool to generate QR codes on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached via [email protected] or the provided social links.