How to Create a QR Barcode With My Contact Information

QR-Codes are good to use if you want to share contact information quickly.
QR-Codes are good to use if you want to share contact information quickly. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

After the invention of barcodes in the late 1940s, they rapidly developed to become sophisticated tools for reading data quickly. However, the market still called for a more complex system of decoding information. This is when "Quick Response" code or QR-Code was invented. Standard barcodes are unable to provide information such as links to websites or contact details. Unlike barcodes, QR-Codes are two dimensional, that is, they can store information in both the vertical and horizontal directions. Therefore, a QR-Code can hold considerably greater volumes of data than a standard barcode. Accordingly, you can use QR-Codes to store a variety of data including your contact information.

Things You'll Need

  • QR-Code generator
  • QR-Code reader
  • Smart phone

Generate the QR-Code Image

Visit the website of a recommended QR-Code generator like one of those listed in the "Resources" section below.

Select "Create vCard" or "Create Contact Information" from the generator's drop-down menu.

Add the required contact information.

Click "Generate."

Download the newly created QR-Code image to your computer.

Scan it

Download and install a recommended QR-Code reader app (see Resources).

Launch the app on your smart phone.

Scan the QR-Code and you will notice that it automatically adds a new contact to your phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adding a QR-Code to your business card is a great way of sharing all your contact information quickly.
  • Many QR-Code generators allow you to customize the content of your contact information by adding a background color and changing the font size and type. This is useful, as it will make your QR-Code image stand out.

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