Instagram now allows users to share posts, Reels, and locations via a QR code.
To see if you have it, update your Instagram app and then navigate to your profile or specific post or Reel. Tap on the three-dot menu and see if there is a QR code option. (Web users can add “/qr” to a post’s URL to generate a scannable code.)
If you opt for the profile option, a QR code will appear in full screen (top right); tap the menu at the top to switch from a color view to emoji or selfie. From a post, you can change various color options and then save the QR code to your camera roll.
If you’ve been to a restaurant in the post-pandemic era, you’re probably familiar with scanning a QR code to get a menu. These machine-readable optical tags contain data for a locator, identifier, or tracker that points to a website or app, in this case Instagram content. (However, be careful what you scan.)
It is not clear how many accounts have the QR code option. Instagram’s parent company, Meta, did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment. But he tells TechCrunch: “To make it easier for people and businesses to share specific content, we recently launched the ability to create QR codes for profiles, tags, locations, reels, and more.”
In 2020, Instagram started allowing people to share and view individual profiles via QR codes, inviting people to connect primarily with businesses, but also find family and friends without typing in an account name. Create yours by navigating to your Instagram profile > menu > QR code. Customize the page with a profile-appropriate emoji background, gradient colors, or mini selfies, then tap the share button in the top right corner to post your geometric symbol online or distribute it via email or text.