Thursday, July 25, 2013

Learn How To Download Games and Apps On Windows Phone Using QR Code

You want to download games and apps on Windows Phone store and you just know their names. You go to site or access the Windows Phone Store on your phones and try to search it by name and you get so many similar apps/games. It is very difficult sometimes to find the app or game you are actually looking for just by name.

QR Code
QR Code
QR code is the solution of your problem. If you know the QR code of any game or app, you can directly reach to that game or app. We will today learn how can you download the apps from Windows Phone Store using QR Code. Before we proceed further, let us tell you what is QR Code.

QR Code:  Quick Response Code is a type of matrix barcode or an optically machine-readable label that is attached to an item and that records information related to that item. The information encoded by a QR code may be made up of four standardized types of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte / binary, Kanji) or virtually any type of data.

If we understand as per our requirement of games and apps download through Windows Phone Store, the QR code might have a unique information related to a particular app and the web location of app from where it is available to download. Now we have the QR code of say any app and we want to download it then how to go for it. You first need  a QR Reader available on your phone that can interpret the QR Code.

Using In-built search application:

You can easily scan any QR code and launch that application on Windows Phone Store using the default search application on your Windows Phone.

Step 1: Tap on 'Search' icon on your phone.
Step 2: Tap on 'Vision' icon on search screen.

Tap on Vision
Tap on Vision

Step 3: Scan the QR code as shown in the screenshot and you will see the website link on the screen. Clicking on it will take you to application homepage on Windows Phone Store.

QR Code Scan
QR Code Scan
Vision History
Vision History

Using External Free QR Reader application:

We have a free QR Code Reader application by ShopSavvy Inc. for Windows Phone. We will first download this application from Windows Phone Store and later see how this app works.

QR Code Reader on Nokia Lumia 920
QR Code Reader on Nokia Lumia 920
This QR Code Reader is capable of handling following formats:
  • website URL
  • emails
  • SMS (text messages)
  • calendar events
  • contact information (v-cards)
  • geo-coordinates
  • text
  • WiFi network information
So this QR Reader application is not just limited to an app download from Windows Phone Store but it can be used for different purposes. Since we are only interested to know how can we download the app, we will just go through those steps. We are assuming you have a QR code ready to scan, if not you can use the QR code given in the beginning of this page for learning. It will open for you.

Step 1: Launch the QR Code Reader application
Step 2: Point your camera to QR Code and hold still till QR Code Reader scan it properly.
Step 3: Tap on button at the bottom of the screen as shown in screenshot

QR Code Reader scanning
QR Code Reader scanning
If the application is able to successfully scan the QR code, it will show you options to open up the page where this application can be found. Tap on IE icon to open the URL. This will open the Windows Phone Store URL for the scanned app on your mobile browser and you will be able to download the app.

QR Code Reader Scan Complete
QR Code Reader Scan Complete

We hope with the help of this post, you would be able to successfully download the apps & games from Windows Phone Store. For more tutorials on Nokia Lumia phones and Windows Phone 8, keep visiting the site.

Download: QR Code Reader @ Windows Phone Store

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