Can I use a USB barcode scanner? Bluetooth barcode scanner? Or barcode scanning sled?

Bluetooth (see video here)

Bluetooth barcode scanning accessories can ‘pair’ (i.e. wirelessly connect) to both Android and iOS devices. Study the settings on the accessory and then use the device’s Bluetooth settings to pair them.

1. Keyboard Emulation (HID): When the accessory scans a barcode the data read from the barcode will be directly inserted into the codeREADr app’s Manual Entry form field. This mode works with both iOS and Android devices, however with iOS devices the scanning accessory takes over keyboard entry. With Android devices you can scan with the accessory and also enter text from the device’s keyboard.

2. Serial Port Profile (SPP): This mode inserts data faster but needs integration with the app and only works with Android devices. We’ve enabled the SPP mode with Opticon’s OPN2006 and OPN3002i scanners and Socket Mobile Series 7 scanner. [For SPP the Socket Series 7 devices need the DATA MODE to be set up in the RAW MODE. Refer to their instructions.]


USB barcode scanners can connect to PCs, Macs and Chromebooks when using the Chrome Browser. You connect the scanner with the accessory’s drivers. Once connected they will insert scanned data directly into the codeREADr app’s Manual Entry form field. We’ve blogged about this option here.


Mount an iPod, iPhone or iPad Mini directly to Honeywell’s Captuvo barcode scanning sled. It uses a pointer for accuracy and can quickly scan 1D and 2D barcodes. It includes a ruggedized case with battery for extended life.

Please contact our support team to see if your iOS or Android sled will work with codeREADr. Most will work using the app’s Manual Entry option without any integration required.


Generally you’ll want your scanning accessory to output a Carriage Return after each scan so you don’t have to hit the Enter key on the app. Check the settings for your scanner – most include that option if it isn’t already the default.

Also, for the fastest scanning, go to the codeREADr app’s settings and optionally select Auto Next Scan which automatically records the scan and then presents the form again for your next scan.


The drawback with Bluetooth and USB accessories is the need for two devices. Instead, you may want to consider using our SD PRO scan engine upgrade which uses just the iOS or Android’s built-in camera to scan quickly and accurately.

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