PCs, MACs and Chromebook

We enable clients to use iOS and Android OS devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets and rugged scanning devices.

You can also use PCs, MACs, and Chromebooks. For PCs and MACs, you would use an Android Emulator and download the app from Google Play. If you don’t have access to Google Play then you can request an APK from our support team for sideloading.  [Note: if you have any questions about installing the emulator please contact the emulator provider.] For Chromebook, we published the codeREADr app on the Chrome Web Store.

Built-in webcams typically do not have auto-focus cameras so you will only be able to scan QR codes with them. However, you can use Bluetooth or USB barcode scanning accessories to scan all the popular 1D and 2D barcodes. [Note: While Chromebooks can connect with most Bluetooth scanners in the HID mode (keyboard emulation), that’s not true for all USB scanners as some require drivers not compatible with the Chrome OS.]

Getting Started

  1. Install the app.
  2. Pair your Bluetooth scanner to your device as you would normally connect Bluetooth devices and follow any special instructions the scanner manufacturer might have. If you have a USB scanner, plug it in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You could test scanning into a Google Sheet or other form field where the cursor is blinking. You need the scanner to be in the HID mode (keyboard emulation). Ideally you should program the scanner to insert a CR/LF (return line) as the suffix after each scan. In that way each scan is auto-submitted as if you pressed the ‘Return’ key on the keyboard.
  3. Set up your codeREADr services as you normally would and sign into the codeREADr app with your app credentials. [Note: Photo collection is not available unless you are using an iOS or Android OS device.]
  4. Select the service you want to use and then on bottom of the ‘Tap to Scan’ screen select the ‘Manual’ key.
  5. You will see the cursor blinking in the entry field. You can now start scanning!

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