QR Codes are a common sight now. Thanks to the increase in smartphone penetration that went from 10% in 2014 to 36% in 2018. And access to high-speed mobile internet which increased from 48.8% in 2014 to 61.2% in 2018.

These factors have led to the massive adoption of QR Codes. Hence, from product packagings to the walls of buildings, you can find various types of QR Codes almost everywhere.

QR Codes everywhere

We earlier showed you if people use QR Codes or not. From this, it is clearly evident that the use of QR Codes is soaring day-by-day. But what is the QR Code usage in exact numbers? What are the actual QR Code statistics?

If you’re reading this then you know that publically available statistics on QR Code usage are very low. However, we’ve compiled an exhaustive list of data points available via research reports and databases.

QR Code Statistics—Global and the US

In 2014, Adobe Systems conducted a study on QR Code usage over a period of three months. The study covered four countries—Germany, France, UK, and the US.

qr code statistics: countrywise

Of the total participants from Germany, a good 29% had used a QR Code. This number was 28% for France, and 26% for the UK and the US.

Hence, we can safely say that in general, 25-30% of populations in developed nations use QR Codes. And this was back in 2014. The usage has massively changed since then.

Also, according to a recent survey by Statistia, in the US alone, an estimated 11 Million households will scan a QR Code in 2020. This is on an increase from an estimated 9.76 Million scans in 2018.

qr code statistics

Hence there is a huge potential for US marketers who are considering adding a QR Code to their print media campaigns. (Also see how QR Codes are used in Latin America.)

Not only the US but also countries such as Canada, IndonesiaMalaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, France, Switzerland, and Australia use QR Codes widely.

Also, see how Russia uses QR Codes.

QR Code usage is also seeing a surge in the Middle East and Africa. It went from 12% in 2017 to 18% in 2018.

QR Code use cases and usage distribution by age group

You might think—what use cases are QR Codes being used for? And the answer is—many. One of the most popular use cases is—payments. And another such use case is—offering discount coupons via print promotions.

In 2017, about 1.7 Billion coupons were obtained via QR Codes.

And in 2018, an estimated 3.27 Million households obtained a coupon via a QR Code.

qr code statistics coupon

It is estimated that by 2022, about 5.3 Billion coupon codes will be redeemed via QR Codes. Huge, right?

Here are other ways you can use QR Codes for marketing, education, security, etc.

If you’re a marketer, you know how important it is to know your target audience. So you might think—while many people are actually scanning QR Codes, what age groups do they fall under?

And the answer to this question is—predominantly between 24 to 54 years of age.

According to a 2015 study by Scanlife, here is the distribution of global QR Code scanning audience by age:

qr code statistics: age group

The age group with the highest percentage of people scanning QR Codes was 34-44 years.

Again note that this was in 2015. Since then apps—popular with the younger generation—such as Snapchat, Pinterest, and WeChat—have added QR Code scanning features. This shows that this age distribution in 2018 is likely to shift towards the younger generation.

QR Code Usage in Payments—China, India, Global

WeChat—which is predominantly used in China—made the nation obsessed with QR Codes in the last few years. The Chinese scan QR Codes to make payments, get information, authenticate themselves, avail offers, and practically every other use case.

According to CNN Tech, USD 1.65 Trillion in transactions was done via QR Codes in China in 2016.

In India as well, there has been a surge of QR Code transactions since the demonetization initiative by the Indian Government in Nov 2016. Paytm—one of the biggest payments platforms—had 6 Million merchants by the beginning of 2018. The company aimed to increase this to 10 Million by the first half of 2018. This was as reported by First Post.

Globally, 4% of all consumer transactions are via QR Codes. This is according to a survey by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Visa Inc., and GfK.

qr code statistics

This recent increase in awareness of QR Codes via payment transactions will allow consumers to interact with QR Codes for other purposes as well—getting information, availing an offer, registering for an event, etc.

For example—street artists are now using QR Codes to get tips. Though highly talented, street artists are underpaid. So a lot of them now include QR Codes in their artwork such as graffiti which links to their cryptocurrency wallet.

According to a 2015 survey by TNS Infratest and Google, the Chinese also lead in the percentage of people who have scanned a QR Code while shopping:

qr code statistics scan

These QR Code statistics show that not only is QR Code scanning rampant in 2018 but also rapidly growing. If you’re a marketer planning to run a print campaign globally or even locally, add a QR Code. Your target audience will scan it.

The team of QR Code experts at Scanova compiled this report.

Do you want to create QR Codes for your print media campaigns? You must look for a QR Code generator that best suits your needs.

About Scanova:

Scanova is an easy-to-use QR Code Generator that helps marketers create, design, manage, and track QR Codes for operational and promotional use cases. Founded in 2013, the company has helped over 100,000+ businesses and marketers create QR Codes, including Amazon, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, 7-Eleven, Aon Hewitt, and Levis.


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