You know what QR Codes are and you’ve even seen them around. Different types of QR Codes help you with a various uses such as making it easier for people to view a website or watch a video.
A Wifi QR Code makes it easy for your guests to access your home or store Wifi. Your guests will not have to type the password and you will not have to reveal it publicly.
Keep reading to know more about the WiFi QR Code.
A. What is a WiFi QR Code
A WiFi QR Code helps the end-users to join a WiFi network easily.
This can be done in two ways:
The first is by displaying the WiFi credentials (WiFi name and password). The end-users can then use the credentials to join the network.
The second way is by redirecting them to your WiFi portal website where they can submit their details to access the WiFi service.
Note that the first option gives you a static QR Code. That means the data is encoded permanently into it. And it is not possible to edit the data encoded in this QR Code once you’ve created it.
In case you want to do that, you’ll have to create a new QR Code from the scratch.
Now let’s discuss its benefits.
B. Benefits of a QR Code
You can personalize the design of the QR Code as per your wish. It can be done by adding a logo and color or a background image to it. This will make your QR Code branded to your company’s design.
2. Small size and high-data storage capabilities
QR Codes are smaller in size than barcodes. You can store a lot of information in them. In fact, they can store up to 7,089 characters.
3. High-speed Scannability
QR Codes have a high-speed scannability and come alive within seconds of holding your camera in front of them. This makes the user experience faster and better.
4. Error correction
QR Codes also come with a feature called error correction. It ensures that they can scan well even after being damaged, distorted, or dirty.
C. Popular use cases of a WiFi QR Code
Here are some popular use cases of a WiFi QR Code:
1. Restaurants or cafes
It is pretty common for customers to ask for a WiFi password at a restaurant or cafe. And to do it, you probably have to go to each table to share the password. Isn’t this hectic and time-consuming?
Well, there is a better way to do it. How? Via WiFi QR Codes. Just place them on tables, the wall, or even on receipts. Customers can just see and scan it to connect without having to ask for the WiFi password every time.
If you’re running a hotel, it’s necessary for you to help guests access the WiFi. And to do it easily, a WiFi QR Code can help you easily. When scanned, it will allow your guests to connect to the network in no time.
You know WiFi and offices work hand in hand. And a WiFi QR Code can help the employees join the internet without asking anyone for details everyday.
D. How do I create a Wifi QR Code?
Now you know why you should use a WiFi QR Code. The next question is— how to create one? There are two ways to do it:
1. For an online portal to grant WIFi access
If you already have an online portal in place, copy the website link to it and head over to an online QR Code Generator.
You can use any professional QR Code generator to do the job. Here’s a detailed comparison chart for the best QR Code service providers online.
Using Scanova for demo purposes, here’s how you can create a QR Code:
i. Go to Scanova
ii. Select the Website URL QR Code
iii. Now paste the link you copied in the required field and click on Continue
iv. Next, name the QR Code and click Create QR Code
v. Now, you will see the preview of the QR Code along with the Edit Design option
vi. If you click on Edit Design, a window will pop up, prompting you to choose between two designs—Custom Logo Design and Custom Background Design. Custom logo design allows you to add a logo and color to it. On the other hand, custom background design lets you place your QR Code on any image
vii. Once you’ve decided on design or no design, click on Download. A window will pop up, asking you to sign-up for 14 days trial
viii. After signing up, click on Download
ix. A pop-up will prompt you to specify the format and dimensions of the QR Code image. Once you specify these details, click Export
Your QR Code will be downloaded. It is recommended to test scan the QR Code before adding it to your print media creatives
Now, let’s move to the second way to create a QR Code with WiFI credentials.
2. Creating a WiFi QR Code
In case you don’t want to use a combination of two tools, here’s another way. You simply need to choose a QR Code generator that offers WiFi QR Code.
Here again, using Scanova for a demo, here’s how you can proceed ahead:
a. Login to your Scanova account
Note that you’ll need a subscription to proceed ahead.
b. From the QR Code categories, select WiFi QR Code
c. Here, enter the necessary details in the given fields – Security Protocol, Network Name, and Password and click on Continue
d. On the page that loads, name the QR Code and click Create QR Code
e. Now you’ll be able to see the image of the QR Code. Below it, you’ll see the Edit Design button. If clicked, you’ll see two design options to choose from—Custom Logo Design and Custom Background Design. Here you can design it by either adding an image as its background or adding colors and a logo to it
f. Once you’ve decided on design or no design, click Download
g. Now you’ll be asked to specify the QR Code image’s format and dimensions
h. Once specified, click Export
That’s it. Your WiFi QR Code is downloaded. It is advisable to test scan the QR Code before putting it out.
E. Best Practices
Here are some of the best practices that you must know regarding WiFi QR Codes:
1. Add an appropriate CTA
CTA translates to a ‘Call-to-action’ statement. It is a small instruction that guides the users to what they need to do. And this small text nudges them to take the required action.
It could be anything such as ‘Scan here to connect with WiFi’.
2. Add a design to the QR Code
Since you are planning to use WiFi QR Codes for your audience, it makes sense to add a design to them. That’s because they can help build your business’s recognition.
In addition to this, they are visually more appealing and hence, attract the audience’s attention.
3. Test scan the QR Code
It is always advisable to test scan the QR Code before putting them out for your target audience.
4. Choose an optimal printing format
Since you’re going to use the QR Code on print media creatives, it’s recommended to download it in high-resolution formats such as SVG, EPS, and PDF. They ensure that the QR Code doesn’t get pixelated no matter how much resizing is done.
That’s it. That is all you need to know about WiFi QR Codes. You can now create your own WiFi QR Code and make your guests’ stay enjoyable.