Instagram is introducing QR codes globally on its app, The Verge reports. With QR codes, people can open profiles on Instagram by scanning with any supporting third-party app. Instagram introduced a similar feature called Nametag in 2018 but the tags could only be scanned by using the Instagram in-app camera.
QR codes have gained popularity over the years and they can be found on menus and desks and restaurants and shopping malls. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Spotify have also employed their own QR codes giving users other ways to access the platforms. Instagram first launched QR code in Japan last year and is now making the feature available globally to users.
To create your own QR code, open your Instagram profile and go to the Settings menu, tap on QR code to create one. You can save the QR code image on your smartphone and also copy out to be printed for use outside. You may see Nametag for now but Instagram is phasing that out and it will change to QR code soon.
For businesses accounts with printed QR codes, customers can easily access their accounts and find out valuable information such as opening hours, prices of good and also make instant purchases by scanning the codes.