A QR (Quick Response) code can contain information like webpage address or URL, phone number, payment information, email address, a simple text, etc. You can use your smartphone to scan the QR code and extract the information stored in it. There are numerous software and applications available to generate a QR code for a webpage, but generating a QR code using only a web browser (without any extension or other tools) is something new and interesting. Google Chrome has come with a built-in option to do so. You can generate QR code for a webpage using Chrome browser with two mouse clicks. You can also download the QR code if you want.
You need to use the flags page of Chrome browser and enable an experiment for this. This guide will help you in that with step by step instructions. After that, you can use the right-click context menu of Chrome browser on any webpage to generate QR code.
In the image added below, you can clearly see the QR code pop-up visible for a webpage. You can also add additional text and there is also an option to download the QR code.
Before you start, there are a few important points to remember-
- This built-in feature or option is currently available in the beta version of Chrome. It will be a part of the stable version soon.
- The option is not fully functional. That means currently it doesn’t work on most of the webpages.
It will be a very useful feature once it will come in the stable version. If you want to try it now, you may check the steps. The steps will be the same for stable version also.
Steps to Generate QR Code for A Webpage in Google Chrome:
1). Launch Google Chrome and access the flags page where experimental options are available. Type chrome://flags in the Omnibox or address bar and press Enter.
2). When the flags page is opened, search for QR code experiment using the available search box. This will show you ‘Enable sharing page via QR Code‘ experiment.
3). Use the drop-down button > select Enabled > click on the Relaunch button.
4). When Chrome browser is relaunched, open a webpage for which you want to generate the QR code. Right-click on the webpage and select ‘Generate QR code for this page‘ option.
5). A pop-up will open showing you the QR code for that webpage. A download button will also be there. You can save the QR code for later use or just scan it using your smartphone.
That is it.
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This feature is indeed useful, especially when you’re working on desktop/laptop and need to open the same webpage on your smartphone. You can simply generate QR code for that webpage and scan the QR code on your phone to get the URL and open it.