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Edge and Chrome come with QR code URL sharing enabled by default

As you may remember, both Edge and Chrome include a tool that allows generating a QR code image for a page URL. This option was hidden behind a flag, but now it is available out of the box. Google started rolling it out for the public, and Edge follows this practice.

This feature was introduced back in December 2019.  It was a work-in-progress. Finally, this has changed.

QR code URL sharing in Edge and Chrome

The generated QR code will encode the open page URL. It is possible to read the generated ID with a compatible device, e.g. with your phone's camera, and share the URL between devices quickly.

You can open the QR code generator with a special button in the address bar, or from the right-click menu of a web page. The option is available in Chrome 88, and in Edge Canary 90.0.789.0. It will take some time before the option will reach the stable version of Edge.

Follow these detailed guides to learn how to use the QR code generator in the browser.

It is worth mentioning that it is also possible to generate a QR code for an image on a web page.

QR code generator for an image

This is an experimental option that extends the URL sharing feature of Chromium, and needs to be enabled with a flag by the moment of this writing.

Here is how to enable in Google Chrome: Share Image via QR Code in Google Chrome

The same can be done in Microsoft Edge.

This is indeed a useful addition to the browsers that allows saving your time when you need to quickly share an URL (or image) from one device to another. While it is not a bid deal when you need to share this data between two mobile devices, things can be a bit complicated in when you need to transfer it from a PC to a phone. The QR code option is very handy in this case.


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