QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) APK

Version 3.0.3 - com.secuso.privacyFriendlyCodeScanner
Last updated: 2020-04-01

Requires min. set of permissions and supports the detection of malicious links.

QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) apk

APP Information

Download Version 3.0.3 (18)
Apk Size3.07 MB
App DeveloperSecUSo Research Group
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android4.2.x and up
App Packagecom.secuso.privacyFriendlyCodeScanner.apk
Website https://www.secuso.org/privacy-friendly-qr-scanner-app/

Download QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) 3.0.3 APK

App Description

QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) is secuso,privacyfriendlycodescanner,tools,scanner, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 5 by 1 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit SecUSo Research Group website who developed it. com.secuso.privacyFriendlyCodeScanner.apk apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 4.2.x and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 3.0.3 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 319+ times on store. You can also download com.secuso.privacyFriendlyCodeScanner APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

QR Codes become more and more important. In some areas they have even replaced the traditional barcode. A QR Code is able to store up to seven thousand characters and therefore is qualified for more complex content, e.g. vCards. Hence nowadays QR Codes can nowadays be found on nearly every advertisement poster and animate the user to scan it with his smartphone. Thus, it is no longer necessary take a hand written note, it is enough to scan the QR Code. Correspondingly, there are already many QR Code scanner apps available in the Google Play Store. It belongs to the Privacy Friendly Apps group developed by the research group SECUSO at Technische Universität Darmstadt. More information can be found an secuso.org/pfa

Our Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App differs with respect to two aspects: 

1. The Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App only requires the minimum amount of permissions, namely:

• In category "Camera/Microphone": Camera
The camera is used to scan QR Code.

• In category "Other": Vibrate and Flashlight
The vibration is used to provide feedback if the scan was successful. The flashlight is used to support the camera in reading the QR Code successfully in bad lighting conditions.

Most of the QR Code scanner apps available in the Google Play Store need several permissions on top of the ones needed: e.g. reading contacts or your call log and retrieving data from the Internet. Most of these requirements are not necessary for the functionality they actually are supposed to provide.

2. The Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App supports its users in detecting malicious links: QR Codes provide new possibilities for an attacker, as QR Codes can contain malicious links, i.e. links to phishing webpages or webpages from which malware would automatically be downloaded. Therefore it is important to carefully check the link before accessing the corresponding webpage. Since it is difficult for the user to spot malicious links, the Privacy friendly QR Scanner App supports the user by highlighting the domain (e.g. in that case for https://www.secuso.org, secuso.org would be highlighted). To avoid not checking the link and in particular the highlighted domain carefully, the app provides information about possible fraud and its users need to confirm that they checked the link and it is trustworthy. Note, the information shown after scanning an URL based QR Code is not customized for every URL. Hence, it should be considered as an advice for the user how to behave in general.

Similar to other available QR Code scanning apps, the Privacy Friendly QR Scanner App supports the following formats:

• text

• product codes

• phone number

• sms

• email address

• email 

• contact information (e.g. vCards)


• WiFi (limited: cannot connect to network automatically)

Bar codes are also supported.

App ChangeLog

  • Integration of dynamic permission request

App Screens

QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) App Screen 1QR Scanner (Privacy Friendly) App Screen 2

Apk scan results

Apk Scaned By TotalVirus Antivirus,com.secuso.privacyFriendlyCodeScanner.apk Was Pure And Safe.

Scan Stats:confirmed-timeout:0|failure:0|harmless:0|malicious:0|suspicious:0|timeout:0|type-unsupported:11|undetected:64|
File type:Android
Magic:Zip archive data
File size:3219973
Uncompressed Size:5984066
Contained Files	:912
Contained Files By Type:MF:1,RSA:1,SF:1,dex:1,ogg:1,png:502,xml:365,


requires following permissions on your android device.

android.permission.CAMERA: Allows application to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows the application to collect images that the camera is seeing at any time.
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to the SD card.
take pictures and videos
Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.

modify or delete the contents of your SD card
Allows the app to write to the SD card.


Certificate Issuer:CN:Philipp Rack
Certificate Subject:CN:Philipp Rack





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Google Play Reviews

  1. guest-avatar

    Thanks so much for providing an easy to use, privacy friendly, and ad free app for free. Please fix the beep on scan though. It is off in the settings, but still beeps quite loudly.

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    Егор Букин


    For some reason beep signal setting is not working (can't turn off the signal). Still, application is awesome. It just does what it meant to do without useless features and ads. Best option on whole play market for sure!

  3. guest-avatar

    Can't scan saved images. Useless. No dark theme. Can't just copy the recognized text to the buffer.

  4. guest-avatar

    The only app which won't ask to access your filesystem. Good work, meine Genossen!

  5. guest-avatar

    Very simple interface.no ads at all.problem is that after scanning qr and showing url app and clicking proceed it's stucks one place, so you must close app and reopen for another code.

  6. guest-avatar

    I like the privacy focus, but the app lacks one core functionality any QR scanner needs: Copying the scanned value without a hassle. Currently, it requires a lot of unnecessary tapping, when the value could just as easily be copied automatically (as a setting to be enabled). This unfortunately makes this app not very comfortable to use.

  7. guest-avatar

    An app that does what it needs to -- scans QR codes. Love that it only uses the camera and doesn't request access to everything in order to sell my life information to marketers. Wish more developers took this approach!

  8. guest-avatar

    Stephen Carpenter


    Possibly the best QR scanner ever. Not because of what it does but because of what it doesnt do. Not spyware. not adware. not exposing you needlessly.

  9. guest-avatar

    As others note, only minimal permissions are required and it reads QR codes. I don't know why this hasn't got better ratings.

  10. guest-avatar

    Sorry, app is jolly good, but unfortunately upon installation it makes another app crash: Mobile Manager, scanning "Privacy & Security". Same for other apps of this Author. Asus Zenfone 2, Android 5.0. Thank You anyway for Your commitment and best regards.

  11. guest-avatar

    Cool,but there are problems. If you generate a qr code why can't you read it from a picture inside the device? also, why no zoom and where are the generated codes stored?

  12. guest-avatar

    good idea but it does nothing. pity. Galaxy A8 2018 andoid 9. i click proceed>search on web and it opens the photo gallery.

  13. guest-avatar

    Can't hit back after scanning. Everything just freezes. Did anyone test the update?

  14. guest-avatar

    QR generator: the 'Store' button doesn't store the qr code in the Galery. No file is created.

  15. guest-avatar

    works, no ads, and protects users by displaying link before opening

  16. guest-avatar

    Very easy to use and I there are no ads!

  17. guest-avatar

    Excellent App with out any ads , works soo flawless on my Samsung note, , great job..

  18. guest-avatar

    didn't work on pixel 2xl. has permissions granted, but won't scan a barcode.

  19. guest-avatar

    InternetDot Zip


    QUICK, Free NO Ads free of spyware. 5 Stars.

  20. guest-avatar

    Does what it says on the tin. Doesn't require the keys to your life to operate. Just camera access, as it should be. Thanks!

  21. guest-avatar

    Great qr scanner, open source so safe!

  22. guest-avatar

    Might be good, I don't know. My options are to open the link and save or don't open the link and don't save. I don't want to "save" anything. I just want to open a stupid link.

  23. guest-avatar

    No nonsense QR app. Minimal permissions.

  24. guest-avatar

    Perfect, simple qr scanning app

  25. guest-avatar

    goes straight to another app site to down load it

  26. guest-avatar

    Clean app focused on functionality

  27. guest-avatar

    Noor Sabarullah Sugiman



  28. guest-avatar

    Works well and very straightforward to use but it beeps loudly when a QR code is scanned even when Do Not Disturb is set; it ought to obey Do Not Disturb and not beep. Also needs an option of "I have checked the link but do not want to visit the website at this time (just store in history)"

  29. guest-avatar

    need to update the spiel to explain the new permissions requested since low permissions is the USP of this app!

  30. guest-avatar

    I click on "Search on the web" and a window of apps is presented. None of these apps are a web browser.

  31. guest-avatar

    Samsung J5 phone. After scan it offers to find product on web. Just for reason it opens phone book or phone setings window pops out. It looks unusual for searh in settings. Or it is unsafe. Think by your self.

  32. guest-avatar

    This app is well designed, simple to use, and does exactly what it says it will do with minimum permissions. I wish more developers would produce apps following that ethos. Thanks for taking the time to build this.

  33. guest-avatar

    Elvis Reincarnate


    Best QR code scanner if you're looking for one that doesn't require mysterious and unnecessary permissions. Thanks guys!

  34. guest-avatar

    Works as advertised! Simple and easy to use. After scanning, the app shows you the URL and asks if you think it's safe before it will navigate to the site. Slick! Thank you!

  35. guest-avatar

    Babak Yazdani Majd


    Best app for reading QR codes. Does not need any permission except camera access. Thanks alot SECUSO

  36. guest-avatar

    Thanks to the SECUSO group for creating practical, privacy friendly apps that are free and open source.

  37. guest-avatar

    Christopher Robin


    No unnecessary permissions, and does the job. What more do you want? Thanks Secuso.

  38. guest-avatar

    doesn't work with my LG G5. stuck focusing and defocusing end.essly

  39. guest-avatar

    Love it! Ad free, privacy minded, and the code is up on github. Thanks!!

  40. guest-avatar

    No ads! No extraneous permissions! Danke sehr, Tech Uni Darmstadt!

  41. guest-avatar

    It's nice to be able to see the code to check that it really is privacy friendly,

  42. guest-avatar

    Ivan Davletshin


    Really like that the app requests only camera permission

  43. guest-avatar

    Functionality is satisfactory and permission requirements is perfectly to the very minimum.

  44. guest-avatar

    Nice app that doesn't connect to the internet.

  45. guest-avatar

    The app scans the codes and gives me options to search on the web, non of the options is a web browser!

  46. guest-avatar

    Works well and with minimal permissions. Perfect!

  47. guest-avatar

    Stephan Enderlein


    Only 📷 Permission needed

  48. guest-avatar

    It respects privacy .

  49. guest-avatar

    Илья Григорьев


    Just works

  50. guest-avatar

    Keeps showing "Android Camera encountered an error" on my 7.1.1 Nexus 6P. And doesn't work. Otherwise a good privacy-aware app.

  51. guest-avatar

    Check out the non intrusive permission! It's a great app!

  52. guest-avatar

    Fast scans, low permissions

  53. guest-avatar

    Fast and reliable

  54. guest-avatar

    Does the job and respects your privacy. There should be more apps like this.

  55. guest-avatar

    Jithendra V Kumar


    Many Bugs exists And improve the ui and History layout

  56. guest-avatar

    only way to the only heaven .Jh.ch3v16&John.ch14v6!


    Don't bring up prices just Google search

  57. guest-avatar

    berfin semerqendli


    sihdiriv ey

  58. guest-avatar

    Bloat free. Virus free. Love it