iOS 16 QR Code Not Working On iPhone 14, 13 & More? (Fix!)

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Posted in Bug Fixes by Patricia on September 21, 2022

QR code scanner not working in iOS 16

Is iOS 16 QR Code scanning not working on iPhone 14? Are you trying to use the stock Camera app to scan a QR code, but the barcode matrix isn’t recognized, or the app is reading wrong values? Other iPhone models could be affected too!

iPhone 14 QR Code Scanner Not Working

This issue was reported by Sloane28:

“qr code scanning not working on iphone 14 pro”

This issue might not be affecting only iPhone 14 models. Teik reported something similar for iOS 16:

“QR code scanning giving wrong reading value, impacting all QR code reading apps, postal tracking ID wrong.”

We’ve found identical complaints on the MacRumors forums too.

How To Fix QR Code Not Working In iOS 16

ios 16 qr code settings

  • 1. Open Settings and scroll for Camera.
  • 2. Check the Scan QR Codes option. If it’s enabled, disable it!
  • 3. Wait a couple of seconds and turn it back ON.
  • Fact: Apparently some settings aren’t carried over when you transfer data from old the new iPhone. Scan QR Codes might show as enabled, if it was turned ON on the old phone, but the actual state would not be imported. A quick reinitialization should help!

Extra Fix – Restart iPhone

If the above troubleshooting sequence did not help, reboot your device using the force restart trick:

  • Quickly click & release Volume Up, followed by Volume Down and then press & hold the Side Button until the Apple logo is shown on the screen!

Have you managed to fix QR Code not working in iOS 16? Do you have a better solution? Share your feedback in the comments please!

Related: For more day-one iOS 16 problems and their available workarounds please check our extended review over here.


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