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30 Barcode Scanning Apps for Apple and Android

Bulky handheld barcode scanners are not a thing of the past! Here's a list of the best 30 mobile barcode scanner apps available today, as decided by our friends over at Camcode:

  1. BarCloud

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The ASAP BarCloud App is actually a complete, cloud-based asset management or inventory program, accessible from any iOS or Android device, as well as from any Internet browser. With automatic backup and the ability to schedule your own custom backups, your data is always secure and readily accessible. Simple inventory counting to complex systems, such as batch-lot and serialized inventory, are supported, and you’ll never lose track of shared assets with BarCloud’s check-in and check-out system. There aren’t an abundance of user reviews available, but the mobile apps earn four stars or better on both iTunes and Google Play.

OS: iOS, Android

Download for iOS:https://itunes.apple.com/app/barcloud/id566263486?mt=8

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asap_systems.barcloud&feature=search_result%23?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hc2FwX3N5c3RlbXMuYmFyY2xvdWQiXQ

iTunes Rating: 4+

Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars

Key Features:

  • Manually enter data or scan
  • Vendors, customers, models, locations, and other data
  • Search and view files for stock items
  • Filter options
  • Export data as PDF or Excel
  • Visual analytics tools
  • Overdue items, expiring items, low inventory

Cost: Mobile app – FREE

Asset Management Plans & Pricing:

  • Lite – $25/user/month
  • Standard – $75/user/month
  • Professional – $125/user/month

Inventory Plans & Pricing:

  • Lite – $25/user/month
  • Standard – $75/user/month
  • Professional – $125/user/month

 

  1. Scandit

Scandit is an SDK that enables enterprises to incorporate barcode scanning functionality in a mobile app. An SDK is similar to an API for developers, as it enables companies to build mobile apps for iOS or Android. Not quite the traditional ready-to-go mobile app, Scandit is an option for developers who are building apps that would benefit from scanning capabilities, as well as enterprises commissioning proprietary mobile apps where this capability would be a value-added component and alleviate the need to download a third-party application.

OS: iOS, Android, and Symbian, Phonegap plugin

Download: Get Trial or Full Downloads here.

iTunes Rating: N/A

Google Play Rating: N/A

Key Features:

  • Transform smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices into barcode scanners
  • Lightning-fast, accurate barcode scanning
  • Wide range of symbologies supported
  • Doesn’t require autofocus
  • Scans at any angle
  • Size does not impact accuracy

Cost:

  • Community – FREE (or 8% of your paid app price)
  • Enterprise Basic – $199/month
  • Enterprise Premium – $399/month
  1. Scan to Spreadsheet 

Scan to Spreadsheet is a simple app with simple functionality.  But sometimes, that’s exactly what users need; a basic app that scans barcodes and stores data in a central database, Scan to Spreadsheet is precisely what you’re looking for. A few reviewers criticize its lack of flexibility and customization tools, but others like its basic features.

OS: iOS, Android

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scan-to-spreadsheet/id478631675?mt=8

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.berrywing.scantospreadsheet

iTunes Rating: 4+

Google Play Rating: 3.4/5 stars

Key Features:

  • Date and time stamp
  • Custom fields for data entry
  • Maintains one large database with information

Cost:

  • Android – $0.99
  • iTunes – $2.99
  1. QuickMarkQuickmark

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With QuickMark, you can not only scan, but create barcodes and QR codes. The cross-platform scanner reads multiple types of barcodes and multiple barcode formats, making it one of the most versatile barcode scanner apps available. With less manual data entry, you can quickly and easily record URLs, item names, locations, and much more. Overall, owners seem to be pleased with the QuckMark app, although a few users complain that it doesn’t scan much.

OS: Android, iOS, Windows

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tw.com.quickmark

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-code-reader-quickmark-barcode/id384883554?mt=8

Other Download Options:http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/downloadmain.asp

Google Play Rating: 4/5 (21,327)

iTunes Rating: 4+

Key Features:

  • Quickly scans multiple QR code and barcode formats
  • Not fully cross-device compatible
  • Attach images to records for more transferability
  • Accurate and simple; email and transfer data

Cost: FREE

  1. ScanLifeScanlife

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ScanLife is a barcode scanner app that allows consumers to scan QR codes and barcodes on any product and pull up information such as nutritional facts and ingredients, prices, and nearby locations where products can be purchased in real time. The ScanLife app is part of a larger platform for businesses who want to better engage mobile users, by incorporating QR codes into marketing strategies. With nearly 48,000 user reviews on Google Play alone, ScanLife gets positive feedback overall.

OS: iOS, Android

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanlife-barcode-scanner-qr/id285324287?mt=8

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ScanLife

iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 3.5 (6,200+ ratings)

Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (46,700+ ratings)

Key Features:

  • Complete history of everything you’ve scanned, even offline
  • Send an email to yourself as a reminder for later
  • Nutritional information and ingredients for food products
  • Find products and prices at online and brick-and-mortar retailers
  • Built-in Facebook and Twitter sharing options
  • Business platform enables better consumer mobile engagement

Cost:

  • Basic – $25/month
  • Basic Plus – $85/month
  • Enterprise – Contact for a quote (free trial)
  1. NeoReader QR & Barcode ScannerNeoreader

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NeoReader gets tons of user feedback at the iTunes and Google Play Stores, but it seems the most current version fares much better than previous editions of this app. At iTunes, the current version earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, in just over 30 user reviews. The overall rating, however, is just two stars, based on more than 5,200 user reviews. Most users say it scans practically any code, in contrast to typical barcode scanner apps, which can be limited on the scope of their scanning capabilities.

OS: Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows, Ovi

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.gavitec.android&hl=en

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neoreader-qr-reader-barcode/id284973754?mt=8

iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 2/5 stars (5,200+ ratings)

Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (18,600+ ratings)

Key Features:

  • Scans the broadest set of 1D and 2D barcodes, including: QR, Data Matrix, Aztec, EAN, UPC, Code 39, Code 128, PDF 417, and more
  • Automatically detects code type
  • Create your own QR codes for free
  • Omni-directional, live-stream scanning
  • Full scanning history
  • Scans vCard, meCard, WiFi, phone number and email codes
  • Built-in sharing for email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter

Cost: FREE

  1. i-nigma Reader inigma

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i-nigma is free to download, but the company uses advertising to offset some of the development and ongoing maintenance costs. This causes some users to gripe about small ads on the dashboard, but most don’t seem to mind and say they have no problems scanning just about any barcode using this app. It scans vCards and MECARDs to act as a streamlined Rolodex, instantly storing contact information in your phone’s contact list, opens maps with Geo codes, and adds events to your phone’s calendar with calendar barcodes, all in addition to scanning QR, DataMatrix and UPC/EAN codes for a fully-functional barcode scanner app.

OS: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/i-nigma-4-qr-datamatrix-barcode/id388923203?mt=8

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.threegvision.products.inigma.Android

Main Download: http://www.i-nigma.mobi/

iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 4/5 stars (260+ ratings)

Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars (6,600+ ratings)

Key Features:

  • Scans QR, DataMatrix and UPC/EAN codes
  • SDK provides additional code compatibility
  • Scan typically difficult codes, such as colored, creative, or reversed codes
  • No need to pre-set barcode types
  • Share scanned codes through social media, SMS, email
  • Create your own QR codes
  • Scan vCards or MECARDs to easily store contacts
  • Geo barcodes to open maps
  • Calendar barcodes add events to your calendar

Cost: FREE

  1. Lynkee Reader

 

Lynkee is a barcode scanner app geared more towards the consumer than the inventory control or asset manager, but it is a simple and handy app with the ability to scan a variety of 1D and 2D barcodes, including DataMatrix barcodes. Scan vCards and MECARDs to store contact info, compare prices, search your scanning history and more. Users say this barcode scanner application is quick and accurate, but there are a few complaints from users who just can’t seem to get it to open or scan properly.

OS: Android, iOS, Windows

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/lynkee-2-lecteur-qr-code-barres/id416446101?mt=8

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lynkee.Reader

iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 4/5 stars (120+ ratings)

Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (520+ ratings)

Key Features:

  • QR code generator
  • Read barcodes from camera, file or webpage
  • Reads a variety of 1D and 2D barcodes, including vCards, Geolocation, URL, DataMatrix, Flashcode and more
  • Add and share product reviews
  • Create a Lynkee profile

Cost: FREE

  1. UpCode

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A free optical barcode scanner app that supports 2D, Bidi and 1D (Datamatrix / QR /Ean 8 & 13) barcodes, UpCode is designed to be simple and straightforward to use. Users can create their own optical barcodes for free, and scan any supported barcode to quickly access content like music, images, videos, files, websites, and more. Built-in sharing features enable you to share the content you discover with your contacts, as well. This barcode app gets just two stars at iTunes, but no written reviews are available, so it’s difficult to tell why users give it a low rating. Google Play users generally like it, but some think it’s just standard technology and nothing special.

OS: iOS, Android, Lumia and Windows

Download for iOS:https://itunes.apple.com/fi/app/upcode/id297104013?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.upcode.upcode

Main Download: http://www.upcode.fi/mobile/pc_download.asp?language=1

iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 2/5 stars (130+ ratings)

Google Play Rating: 3.9/5 stars (315+ ratings)

Key Features:

  • Quickly scans 2D, Bidi, 1D barcodes
  • Supports DataMatrix, QR, Ean 8 & 13 1D barcodes
  • Create your own optical barcodes
  • Access music, videos, websites, and other content

Cost: FREE

  1. BeeTagg

BeeTagg has a set of apps: a mobile barcode scanner app, a QR code generator app, an app for contacts management and generating your own personal QR-code business card, a PriceCheck app and now even a mobile app to make fancy, designer QR codes. A free barcode scanner app, BeeTagg is pretty sophisticated in terms of its scanning functionality, but it doesn’t offer any comprehensive built-in database capabilities. That said, you can copy and paste information and codes for later documentation. Users generally say it works okay, but there are some difficulties reported with 1D codes and certain phone models.

OS: iOS, Blackberry, Android, Windows, Samsung, Ovi

Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beetagg-qr-reader/id313157282?mt=8

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.connvision.mobileaccessor.android

Main Download: http://get.beetagg.com/en/qr-reader/download

iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 2.5/5 stars (450+ ratings)

Google Play Rating: 3.4 stars (880+ ratings)

Key Features:

  • Goes beyond merely opening a browser window
  • Contextual actions
  • Obtains more info from a single code than most barcode scanner apps
  • 2D codes including QR Codes, BeeTagg Codes and Datamatrix
  • 1D codes including EAN-13 and UPC-A
  • Create your own contact code to exchange information
  • Supports a variety of content types, including vCard, MeCard, Text, SMS, eMail, Geo, Event.

Cost: FREE

For apps 11 to 30, make sure you check out the full list on Camcode's site!

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