Apple’s iOS is full of small features that are sometimes not easy to find. It has now been found that there is even a complete app hidden on the iPhone.
Normally, all of the factory-installed iPhone apps are on the home screen. This gives you an overview of everything that Apple wants to offer its customers – almost everything. Because an app is hidden on the iPhone and can only be found via a detour.
Hidden iPhone app only now discovered
The interesting thing about the app is that it is the only known case in which a pre-installed app cannot be found on the home screen or in the app library. It is also unclear why the app even exists. It is actually a QR code scanner. This function is already built into the camera app on the iPhone and is even available as an option in the control center. The hidden iPhone app was discovered by ” Gadget Hacks ” in iOS 14.
How to find the app
The app is simply called “Code scanner” and can only be found via the iOS search.
- Open the search box by swiping down on the home screen.
- Enter “code scanner” in the search field and click on the result.
- Now you can scan QR codes and switch on the LED on the back for assistance.
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What is the advantage of the hidden code scanner app on iPhone?
Usually, the QR code scanner in the iPhone camera will open a new window in Safari to show the link. The code scanner app, on the other hand, opens its own in-app browser, which deletes the search result after closing the app.
The question still remains, why Apple preinstalled its own app on the iPhone for this function – and then also hides it. After all, the quick access via the control center fulfills exactly the same function.