Make Downloading Windows Phone Apps Easier in Chrome

Windows Phone users can download the apps they want to use, but this handy extension for Google Chrome will automatically display a QR Code for them.

I find mobile device stores that you can access online to be very beneficial. On you simply search for apps and have them download to your device. The Windows Phone store has a similar experience, but it’s not always a seamless process.

Rather than download and install them from my micro-SD card, it would be nice to find an easy way to snatch the apps I want. Now it’s possible with this easy to use Google Chrome extension.

Windows Phone QR Beta Extension

First install the Windows Phone QR Beta extension in your Google Chrome browser. Now any time you browse the Windows Phone Store for apps, a nice easy to scan QR code will be displayed so you can install apps more quickly.

QR Code for Windows Phone App

On my Windows Phone I use the app called Scan – QR Code and Barcode Reader. It’s available in the Windows Phone Store for $1.99.

But if you don’t want to spend money or install another app, you can simply scan QR Codes with Bing. Hit the search button (magnifying glass) on your phone to launch Bing. Then tap the Vision icon. That allows you to scan QR codes, so in this instance, once Bing reads the code, you just tap the URL it found.

Scan QR Codes Bing

Personally, I find the Scan app to be more convenient, but Bing will work just fine if you don’t want to install another app.

Why Microsoft doesn’t include QR codes for apps by default in the app store, one can only guess. It’s in these situations where I find QR codes to be beneficial – you know, it techie scenarios. But having QR codes on Bananas … yeah not sure I get that one yet.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. notsomuch

    October 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

    …or just press “Install” on the Windows Phone store website, it will automatically send it to your phone and install it.

    That means you don’t need to install any extension or use any Google product, spend money… or even touch your phone.

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