Instagram can now generate QR codes that’ll be scannable from any supporting, third-party digicam apps.
The idea is that businesses can print their QR code and have customers scan it to open their Instagram account easily. From there, users can see store hours, buy items, or just follow the account.
To generate the QR code, go to the settings menu, and tap QR code. Users might still see the Nametag there, but eventually, it’ll become QR code. Users can also save or share the image.
Instagram previously deployed a similar system called Nametags, which were internal QR-like codes that could only be scanned from the Instagram camera. It’s now deprecating the feature entirely.
With the pandemic, it’s unsurprising to see Instagram embrace the more open QR system. Multiple other apps employ their own QR-like system, including Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Spotify.