Most of us have seen a square puzzle like image on most of the places that accept digital payments. That image in the square is called a QR code or quick response code. As the name suggests this code is used to access data or function quickly. Although we use this code often, not many of us know what it actually is and how it works. Here is everything you need to know about QR code.
What is QR code and how it works
QR codes fall in the similar category as the barcode
we see on products in a supermarket. It is an image that can be scanned to reach the data it stores. While barcodes have a limited usage, a QR code can be used for numerous purposes and it can also be scanned through a smartphone camera. Each QR code consists of a number of black dots and squares that store data. When these dots and squares are scanned together they deliver stored information that can be accessed by us. The QR code system was invented in 1994 by a Toyota subsidiary called Denso Wave.
An average QR code can store around 7,000 digits or about 4,000 characters. The data can also be a combination of both. This means it can be used to store URLs, phone numbers, e-mail address, Instagram username and several other things. The appearance of the QR code depends on the types and size of data it contains.
These days QR codes are used almost everywhere. Tickets, payments, business cards and many such things that are required to deliver information are stored in QR codes.
How to create a QR code
Creating a QR code is not very difficult. Most of the social media platforms have integrated a feature that allows users to create a unique QR code of their profile. There are also websites such as https://goqr.me/ that allow you to create free QR codes for websites, text, contact numbers, events, Wi-Fi, and others.
You can also create a QR code of any URL directly from Google Chrome browser. If you want to generate a QR code, you can follow these steps:
- Open Google Chrome browser on your PC.
- Go to the webpage for which you want to create a QR Code.
- On the address bar, click on the share icon next to the bookmark button.
- From the dropdown menu, click on QR Code.
- You will be able to see a QR Code for the webpage, click on the Download button to save it.
A JPEG file of the QR Code will be saved on your PC for you to share.