With the latest iOS 11 release, QR codes are back and being used for marketing by many. Check out our article, What Is A QR Code to learn more about QR codes. In this article, we will teach you how to create a QR code that automatically opens a video when scanned from a mobile device. We will use free tools to create the QR code and free video hosting using YouTube. Follow the simple steps to learn how to make a QR code that opens a mobile video. Either watch the video below or read the step-by-step article below:
Step 1: Upload Your Video To YouTube
In order for your video to automatically play when a QR code is scanned, your video will need to be a YouTube video. YouTube offers a free video hosting and free accounts. Simply create an account and upload you video to YouTube.
Once your video has been uploaded, you will need to grab the share link for the video. Simply open the video you would like to automatically play and click on “Share”. A box will pop up with a URL, copy this URL and save it for the next step.
Step 2: Create A QR Code For Your Youtube Video
For the next step, you will need to use a QR code generator. There are many QR code generators out there, however, our favorite is GoQR.me, a completely free QR code generator.
Once you have loaded up your QR code generator of choice, switch to the URL type and put in your YouTube video URL that you copied above.
Step 3: Test Your Mobile Video QR Code
Before you move on, it is time to pull out your mobile phone and scan your QR code to test it. Make sure the correct video does open up with you have scanned the code.
Make any adjustments needed to your URL if the QR code does not open up your video in the YouTube app when scanned.
Step 4: Download Your QR Code
Now that you have tested your QR code and everything works, you will need to download it. Simply hit the download button and an options box will open.
In this box, you will be able to adjust colors, sizes, error correction codes and more. Our suggestion is to keep all options at default and bump the size up to 1000px.
Finally, you will need to download your QR code. If using for print, SVG or EPS will provide you with a vectorized version that your print company can use for any print materials. If you are using the QR code on the web, download a PNG or JPEG version.
Step 5: Promote!
All that is left is to promote your video using a QR code. This QR code can be used on flyers, business cards, signage, trade show banners and more.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or great ways that you use your QR code to promote your video.