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Tips to Avoid Common QR Code Scanning Problems

Posted: January 9th, 2022 | Author: | Filed under: General, QR Codes | No Comments »

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Just like anything else in life, there are a few tips that can help you avoid making common QR code scanning problems. By following these simple guidelines, you can make the process smoother and less frustrating for yourself. Here are some tips to avoid common QR Code scanning mistakes:

  1. Make sure your QR Code scanner is up to date

Using outdated software is one of the most common reasons for unsuccessful QR Code scanning. Make sure that your QR Code scanner is up-to-date and functioning properly before attempting to scan a QR Code. If you are unsure, check with the manufacturer or do a quick online search to find out how to update your scanner.

  1. Check the orientation of the QR Code

QR Codes come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure that you are holding your scanner in the right orientation to scan the code correctly. Most QR Codes have a designated orientation, which is typically indicated by an arrow or other symbol.

  1. Don’t shake or move your phone while scanning QR Codes

Although it’s possible that this issue is more related to hardware than software, it can be helpful to know that QR Code scanners are finicky when it comes to the movement of phones. Shaking, moving, and other forms of physical activity typically cause scan errors. So, if you’re having trouble scanning a QR Code, try to keep your hands and phone still.

  1. Make sure there is good lighting

Another common reason for unsuccessful QR Code scanning is poor lighting. If the QR Code is not well-lit, it may be difficult or impossible to scan successfully. Try to scan in an area with good lighting to make sure you don’t run into this issue.

  1. Keep QR Codes free from obstructions

To avoid QR code scanning problems, keep QR codes free from obstructions. 

This may not apply to all QR Code scanners, but it is an important thing to keep in mind. When scanning a QR Code, make sure that the code has nothing obstructing its surface. In other words, hold your phone or device as parallel as possible with the camera lens and line up the QR Code as best as you can.

  1. Check the size of the QR Code

Not all QR Codes are the same – some codes are larger and others are smaller. If your scanner is not able to read smaller QR Codes, you may need to adjust the settings or find a different scanner that can accommodate those sizes.

  1. Be patient

You can also avoid QR code scanning problems by being patient.

Scanning QR Codes is not always an instantaneous process. Sometimes, it takes a few minutes, so be patient before you give up on scanning completely. If your QR Code scanner has trouble reading the code right away, wait five or ten seconds for the device to find its way around the code and process what it needs to do.

  1. Don’t scan the code too many times

Many scanners have a limit on the number of times that they can scan each code, so don’t try to overload it by scanning too many times. You could diminish your chances of successfully scanning your QR Code altogether and waste time in the process.

  1. Get QR Code scanning software you can trust

There are many QR Code scanning software options on the market, and not all of them are created equal. Make sure that you research your options before settling on a scanner, and be especially wary of scam software that can damage your device or steal your personal information. 

To guarantee that you’re using a safe QR reader, use our web-based QR code scanner. You don’t need to install this on your device. It only requires permission to use your device’s camera. 

  1. Avoid “fake” QR Codes

If you want to avoid scanning mistakes, your best bet is to simply stay away from fake QR Codes. By definition, these are not real codes that have been created by experts, so they may contain malware or other harmful content that can damage your device. Even though it takes a little extra effort, be sure to only scan real QR Codes – it will save you time and trouble in the long run.

You can avoid fake QR codes and QR code scanning problems by using our QR code generator. Here at QR Stuff, you don’t even need an account to create a QR code. You can create one right away. 

Now that you know the basics of avoiding common QR Code scanning mistakes, you’re ready to start scanning like a pro! Just remember to keep these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to smoother, quicker scans in no time. Happy scanning!

Steps in Creating a QR code

To create a QR code, follow these steps: 

  1. First, go to https://www.qrstuff.com/?type=websiteurl and have the “Website URL” data type pre-selected from the Data Type section.qrstuff.com website data type
  2. Next, in the Content Section, type in the URL of the website which you need to link to the QR code. qrstuff.com content for QR code
  3. Wait for the QR code to finish processing. Once done, you can then download your  QR code. qrstuff.com download QR code

Make It A Bit Fancy

qrstuff.com website QR codePaid QR Stuff subscribers have access to more features and options for their QR code, including the Style section. This function allows you to change the layout and color of the QR code’s different corners. A logo can also be included as part of the QR code.

The image on the right shows how your QR codes may look after you’ve styled it with various colors. Just make sure you test your QR code before using it.

Paid users can also choose the size, quality, file format, and amount of error correction of the QR code picture.qrstuff.com style QR code


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Attendance Tracking QR Code: Geolocation Update

Posted: March 3rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: General, QR Codes | No Comments »

QRStuff has added a new feature to the attendance tracking data type! The new feature enables the QR code to get the exact user location of the attendee scanning the code.

Previously, the attendance tracking data type could only record the name of the attendee scanning the code, and the date and time of the scan.

The new feature for the attendance tracking data type is beneficial for teachers in monitoring the location of their students when attending school events. Having the student’s location as part of the attendance monitoring ensures that the students are tracked scanning the QR code within the premises of the event.

Creating Your Attendance Tracking QR Code

  1. Go to https://www.qrstuff.com/?type=attendance and have the “Attendance Tracking” data type pre-selected from the Data Type section.
  2. From the “Content” section, click the “Google Sheet name” field. When a pop-up dialog appears, log in to your Google account. After you log in, this gives permission to QRStuff to create a new spreadsheet in your Google Drive and update it every time a user scans the QR code. (Note: The access authority is only limited to the said tracking spreadsheet and doesn’t give us any other user privileges for your Google account.) After that, enter a name in the “Google Sheet Name” field. 
  3. Enter the details for the next three fields indicated under Event Details: Location Name, Action Description, and Event Description. For example, you want your students to attend a school event at the Gym. You should enter “Gym” as the location, “Check-in” as the action, and “School Event” as the Event Description.
  4. The option under the “Attendee Prompt” section is optional. You can check the box “Display an Attendee Prompt” if you want to ask the user for an identifier like name or ID number then enter the identifier needed on the field under “Attendee Prompt Title.”
  5. Under the “Record Location” section, check the box beside the “Record Device Location” prompt. Checking the box requires the user scanning the QR code to agree to provide their location. If they do not agree to provide their location, the attendance is not recorded in the Google Spreadsheet.
  6. After completing the steps under the second column, you can proceed to download your completed QR code by clicking the “Download QR Code” button.

How the QR Code Works

Once the attendee scans the QR code, they see the location name, action, and event description that you specified in creating the QR code. The student scanning the QR code is asked to enter their ID number in this guide. Clicking on “Check-in” confirms their attendance check-in and records those details including the attendee’s geolocation in your Google Sheet.

Note: The date and time recorded is based on the time zone that you have indicated in your subscriber account setup.

About Your Google Sheet

The spreadsheet containing the attendance tracking data from scans of your QR code can be accessed in the Google account that you specified in the second step above. To access the spreadsheet, log in your Google account at https://docs.google.com. The spreadsheet created for the attendance tracking appear in the list of the available sheets.

This is what you see in the Attendance Tracking Sheet after you open the file. If other people need to see the spreadsheet, just click the “Share” button in the top right corner.

Notice that the spreadsheet now has another column containing the geolocation URL (street name and number) of the user scanning the QR code. Clicking on the link opens a Google Map showing the location.

See it in Action

Make it a Bit Fancy

Paid subscribers are entitled to customize the colors of the dots and corners of their QR code. They can also embed a logo or image in the center of their QR code. Just follow the same steps discussed above, and then before downloading the QR code, click the “Style Your Code” button to change its appearance.

The QR code shown on the right is an example of what a paid subscriber can create after customizing their code through the Style section. Using the interface, you can make your QR code more visually distinctive and intuitive by embedding a suitable image in the center.  


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Become a QR Stuff paid subscriber and get unlimited QR codes, unlimited scans, analytics reporting, editable dynamic QR codes, high resolution and vector QR code images, batch processingpassword-protected QR codesQR code stylingQR code pausing and scheduling and more, for one low subscription fee.

Full subscriptions start from just $11.95 for a 1-month subscription (lower monthly rates for longer periods). Subscribe now.