messeging app using qr code

If you want to connect with your friend on your favourite messaging app, what do you do? Invite via email, phone number, or handle? But what if you just met this person and don’t have this information? Or what if you don’t want to share your own contact info?

The answer is your own personal QR Code. When your new friend scans this with their phone, both of you get connected on the messaging app.

Don’t believe us? Almost all popular messaging apps are already using QR Codes as an authentication feature to add friends.

1. WeChat

WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app, generates a unique on QR Code for each account. You can share this QR Code with your friends on social media platforms. Whoever scans this QR Codes using their WeChat app will be able to chat with you. WeChat also allows you to choose from multiple designs of the QR Code.

messaging app qr codes - wechat

Read more: WeChat QR Code: 3 things you need to know

2. Viber

Like WeChat, Viber provides adding friends via QR Code.

messaging app qr codes - viber

However, unlike WeChat, Viber gives only the option of a black-and-white QR Code. But you can easily design a Viber QR Code.

3. Snapchat

In 2015, Snapchat too launched profile QR Codes but with a customized design.

messaging app qr codes - snapchat

4. Facebook Messanger

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, Facebook Messenger also released their own version of the codes in 2016.

messaging app qr codes - facebook messenger

Read more Facebook Messenger Code: Now scan to start chatting

5. Kik

Kik, another popular messaging app amongst teenagers, also provides the QR Code to add friends option. Like Snapchat and Messenger, Kik also uses a custom format of the QR Code. Apart from the background color, Kik Codes are non-editable.

messaging app qr codes - kik

6. Line

Line, a popular messaging app in Asia with over 700 million registered users also allows adding friends via profile QR Codes.

messaging app qr codes - line

Know a messaging app using QR Codes that we missed? Mention in the comment section below and we will add it to our list.


Shubhi Mall is a big fan of mobile marketing and passionately writes about O2O technology, SEO, and Social Media. When not writing, she is busy either watching rom-com movies or gardening. Shubhi is a Content Writer with Scanova.