Instagram update brings the universal QR code to personal profiles

Instagram, which offers universal QR code for personal profiles, is bringing an update to its mobile app. Users of the social network can now easily share and access other profiles through any camera app by scanning the QR code.

The code for sharing Instagram profiles is not exactly new, but the app has created proprietary code in the past that can only be scanned with Instagram’s built-in camera. With standard QR code, anyone can now access Instagram profiles through any camera app that supports QR code reading.

The most useful scenario for these QR codes is that in some types of business, such as stores and restaurants, the merchant can print the QR code with its Instagram profile, making it easier for customers to follow.

As The Verge suggests, this feature has been available to users in Japan since last year, and is now being released worldwide.

To create a QR code for your Instagram profile, all you have to do is open the Instagram app and then go to Settings menu and tap on QR Code option. As expected, this replaces the old nametag system.