Barcode Scanning Apps For iOS

Get the best prices on everything you buy

Overview

The iPhone can help you quickly look up, price check, or catalogue items through different barcode scanning apps. Many of these apps will even work on iPod Touches and iPads with cameras. This AppGuide will showcase some of the best ones out there.

Essential Apps

  • Free

    Smoopa Shopping: Never Overpay Again

    by Smoopa

    Shop the smart way with Smoopa Price Shopper. This app is available for both iPhone and iPad. It is simple and easy to use with amazing results. When you're out shopping just scan the barcode on the packaging, choose the store you're at, and input the price. Smoopa will then go on a journey comparing nearby store prices and online prices to find out whether you're getting a good deal on that item. That price will also be entered into their system for others to see. You do need to register for an account to use this app, but how else are you going to get your rewards? Yes, I said rewards. One of the neatest things about this app, aside from the fact that you're saving money, is that you can earn money for shopping. I've already earned $2, but that's only from two small trips to the store. And that's $2 I didn't have. Once you reach at least $5 in rewards, you can begin to redeem them for gift certificates to stores such as Best Buy and Amazon. There is even an option to retrieve your rewards through PayPal. If I could give this app more than 5 stars I would.

  • Free

    ShopSavvy - All the Sales in One Place - Search Products and Match Prices - Barcode Scanner and QR Bar Code Reader!

    by ShopSavvy, Inc.

    Shop Savvy is another way to go if you are looking for the lowest prices on your scans. The scanning itself is speedy and this app supports all barcode formats, even QR codes. If there isn't a barcode on the product, you are still able to type in keywords and search. Results compare both local and online stores to ensure you are getting the cheapest pricing available. If you are bored, you can also shake your device to see a random product pop up. If you are looking for a simple scanner that can hold its own, then this is the one to get.

Notable Apps

  • Free

    ShopAdvisor - Best Prices and Deals on Gifts, Fashion and more Online or In-Store

    by ShopAdvisor Inc.

    If you are the kind of person that waits for an item to go on sale then ShopAdvisor is for you. You can search for an item by traditionally typing it out or by scanning the barcode. When the product information comes up you can click on "View Deals" to see ranging prices from both online and local stores. When you click "Advise Me" you are taken to a screen that shows you a graph of the price changes from the last six months. Manuals and guides about the type of product can also be seen from this screen. The unique part of this app is the "Watch" feature. This feature allows you to place the item on a watch list, set a price alert, or set a time alert. If you aren't in dire need of an item, but want to ensure that you can snag it at its lowest price then this is the app to get.

  • Free

    RedLaser – Barcode Scanner, Shopping Assistant & QR Code Reader

    by eBay Inc.

    RedLaser is a simple, yet impressive barcode scanner. You can search for items by typing them manually, voice search, or scanning the barcode. Results appear almost instantly after scanning. The results include online prices, local prices, product detail, reviews, and suggestions. The online and local results are powered by big names such as Google and TheFind. There is also a "Deals" tab that provides store coupons from RetailMeNot.

  • Free

    The Find Classic - Scan & Search. Shop for Best Deals. Compare Prices.

    by TheFind.com

    Shopping by The Find is a beautiful barcode scanner. The esthetics of this app are simple and yet still very sophisticated compared to the others mentioned in this guide. The scanning of items is done quickly. There is also a "Deals" section that showcases deals and sorts them by top deals, stores, and categories. Coupon codes and shipping deals are pointed out in this app. You can also price match items at stores such as Target and Best Buy. Maximize your shopping experience by creating an account on TheFind.com and saving your favorite items for lookup and tracking in the future.

  • Free

    pic2shop - Barcode Scanner and QR Reader

    by Vision Smarts

    Pic2Shop takes the barcode scanning process and makes it dead simple. The app will run on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app searches through different websites including local stores and libraries. The reason this did not make it to the essential app is because of the price searching capabilities and ads. The essential apps are far better at finding lower prices for your scans.

  • Free

    Price Check by Amazon

    by AMZN Mobile LLC

    Price Check is an app by Amazon.com to help you shop more effectively. The app is very quick and snappy at finding items. It makes comparing prices very simple. The app includes barcode scanner search, snap it search (picture of the item), voice search, and a simple text search.

  • Free

    Consumr Reviews Product Barcode Scanner

    by Consmr

    Consmr Reviews chooses to deliver differently. It does compare prices, but not as extensively as the other apps mentioned. Instead, Consmr Reviews provides you with real reviews written by other shoppers. Search reviews by manually typing, scanning the product barcode, or browsing by category. Each category is broken down by subcategory. From there it is sorted by top rated products, popular products, and alphabetical order. The "Discover" tab is a great way to find new products at random and can be quite entertaining. You can share reviews through social networks, find better buys, get nutrition info, and more.

Decent Apps

  • Free

    Google Shopper

    by Google, Inc.

    Google Shopper is the app you need if you want specific details for an item. There are three different ways you can find a product. You can simply type in the name and search, you can scan the barcode, or you can scan the cover of the product. The results will come back with local and online prices, reviews, videos, and specifications. Unfortunately, the scanner doesn't recognize all barcodes. A few of the items I scanned by the cover also came up with products completely unrelated. I believe that with time and improvement this could be a notable app.

  • Free

    PriceGrabber

    by PriceGrabber

    Fans of the site PriceGrabber.com will be happy to know that there is also an official PriceGrabber app. There are three different ways to find products in this app. You can either type in keywords, search by detailed categories, or scan the product barcode. The "Deals" tab provides information on local deals from sites such as LivingSocial and CrowdSavings. The scan results provide specifications on the item and pricing of both online and local shops. The app does contain ads which can get in the way of results.

  • Free

    SnapTell

    by SnapTell, Inc.

    SnapTell is a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app will allow either photo searching or barcode scanning of entertainment based products such as books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and a few more products. To barcode scan simply hold your iOS device in front of the barcode and it will start searching without even taking a picture. The results are very accurate. The app integrates with Amazon, Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia. The app will also try to find the item locally if possible. The free app provides a wonderful way for iPod touch users to have barcode scanning capabilities.

  • $0.99

    Barcode Scanner

    by BahnTech

    Barcode Scanner is a fast and effective app to help you find the lowest price on stuff you buy. The app is priced at a dollar. The app offers similar features to many of the free alternatives. If the other fantastic free alternatives do not work for you, then this is another one to check out.

Barcode Creators

  • Free

    QR Code Maker

    by Matan Radomski productions

    As of right now there aren't any known iOS apps that can create actual UPC barcodes. The closest you can get to it is by creating a QR Code, but even that has limitations. QR Code Maker is a simple app that can create QR codes for you. These codes seem to be more for social or promotional use. Create a QR code for texts, phone numbers, and website links. This app saves all QR codes to your photo library so that you can send them out easily.

Digital Membership Cards

  • Free

    CardStar

    by Constant Contact, Inc.

    CardStar is a different kind of app. The app will take the reward and membership cards you carry around every day and create a digital copy for your handheld iOS device. The app can cut your wallet down in size considerably. The app is more of a hit and miss depending on what store you visit. The cashier will always have the option to manually enter your info if for some reason the scan doesn't work. The app supports backup and sync services through a secure online service called CardStar Connect. The app also connects with FourSquare to make check-ins even easier. If you need a smaller wallet, then this is an app for you.

  • Free

    Key Ring Reward Cards

    by Mobestream Media

    Key Ring Reward Cards pretty much does the same thing as CardStar. You can store all of your reward and loyalty cards in one app on your phone so that you can ditch the bulk they add to your wallet. I personally think this app is better looking than CardStar. It also has a few user-friendly tutorials when you first launch it, but that is all.

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