Cap'n Jack Sparrow Explains QR Codes

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Quick Response Codes Make It Easy to Access Information

Here's a short animation that explains all the basics that you need to know about QR codes — what they are, how to use them, and why they are useful. To learn even more and get information about downloading your own QR reader and to practice using one, go to the tutorial "Learn All About QR Codes".


  1. QR code is short for quick response code. It's a two dimensional barcode that stores information like a web address or phone number.
  2. You need two things to use a QR code: a smartphone or tablet with a camera and a QR reader app.
  3. A QR reader app scans the barcode so that you can access or store the information that it contains.