Your iPhone has a totally hidden app. Here’s how you can discover and use it – TNE


A hidden app? Yes, and it is really easy to search out. 

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Apple’s iPhone is filled with hidden options and methods we’re consistently discovering. For occasion, do you know the Notes app has a hidden doc scanner? Yeah, fairly cool. The newest hidden characteristic that is been popping up on Twitter and blogs is one other kind of scanner, devoted to QR codes, and it is higher than the one constructed into the digital camera app. 

Yes, you may already scan QR codes utilizing the shortcut in Control Center, or simply open the digital camera app and it’ll scan a QR code. And you are proper. Both of these strategies work simply nice. But the devoted Code Scanner app takes the job one step additional by presenting extra of the knowledge I need to see a couple of scanned code.

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For instance, the digital camera app makes use of a small notification on the prime of the display screen to open a hyperlink or present you data, whereas the devoted Code Scanner app makes it very clear what’s contained in the QR code you simply scanned. But this is the rub: The Code Scanner app is not discovered on your own home display screen, neither is it present in iOS 14’s new App Library. 


Code Scanner is an app in your telephone, however there’s just one method to discover it. 

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As far as I can inform, the one method to discover the Code Scanner app is to make use of the iPhone’s Spotlight search characteristic. Go to your iPhone’s dwelling display screen and swipe down in the midst of the display screen. A search bar will seem on the prime of your display screen, together with app and shortcut solutions beneath. Type both code or scanner. As you kind, you will see the Code Scanner app icon present up as an app suggestion. Tap to open it. 

The flashlight icon on the backside of the display screen acts as a flash to light up a code in case your telephone is struggling to learn it. 

If you do not have the QR scanner shortcut added to Control Center but, this is a publish exhibiting you how you can customise Control Center to your liking. For extra hidden options, take a look at our checklist for iOS 14. We additionally cowl extra normal, however helpful options in iOS 14

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