Tech Tips: QR Codes

QR Codes have become an integral part of our everyday life. But what are QR Codes? And how do we use them? Read on to find out.

What is a QR Code? 

QR stands for quick response. A QR code is a barcode or a scannable pattern. It can be read or scanned by a mobile device. When you scan a QR Code, it instantly takes you to an online link such as a website or an app.

How can I scan a QR code? 
You need:

• A phone or a mobile device e.g. a tablet/iPad
• Your device must be connected to Wi-fi or mobile data. 

You can scan a QR code using the camera of your mobile device or a scanning app such as the Check in Qld App. Simply point the camera of your phone at the QR code to scan it. If using an app, open the app and when prompted, point your camera to the code. 

How do I get the Check In Qld App?

Make sure you have a compatible smart phone or tablet / iPad and your internet connection is switched on.

The Check In Qld app is available on:

• Apple iPhone, iPad and iPad touch operating iOS 11.0 or later via App Store 
• Android devices using Android 5+ via the Google Play Store.

If you need support with using technology in your everyday life such as how to get an app, the STAR Tech program can assist you. STAR Tech is a unique training program to support seniors in becoming confident users of technology. The program covers a range of basic digital skills to help you navigate the increasingly technology driven world. More than 400 participants are part of the STAR Tech family.

You can choose to learn on your own device such as a Smartphone or a tablet/Ipad. If you don’t have a device the program offers a new Android Tablet and full training to get you started. The program is open to those aged 65 and over or aged 50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ( Redlands and Ipswich only).

Conditions and fees apply. Simply call STAR Community Services on 3821 6699 for more information.