Download BlackBerry Apps with 2D Barcodes

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Try downloading the above QR code for the foursquare beta app with this method.

Whenever we post a link about an app on BlackBerry Cool that you can download OTA, I’m sure there are many of you who pick up your BlackBerry and hit the site by typing it in your web browser. There is a much more fun way of downloading apps OTA and it involves 2D barcodes, or QR codes.

To do this, get a plugin that generates a QR code from a web link. With FireFox, a good plugin to use is Mobile Barcoder. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the plugin, it allows you to generate a qr code from a link with a simple right click.

Now that you can generate QR codes from links, you just need to scan them on your BlackBerry. For a good barcode scanner, see the BlackBerry Cool guide. I suggest adding the barcode scanner to a Convenience Key, so that with a touch of a button you can be downloading any app off the site.

Try it out with the foursquare beta app found at http://foursquare.com/blackberry/beta-pacman

[Hat tip Sonya at BBDownloads.net]

  • Gregory Pittman

    Using ScanLife on my Tour, that bar code took me an iheartradio download.

  • Gregory Pittman

    Using ScanLife on my Tour, that bar code took me an iheartradio download.

  • Matthew

    It took me to the foursquare download on my Tour.

  • Matthew

    It took me to the foursquare download on my Tour.

  • David

    ScanLife takes me to Foursquare…

    Also, on the list you have for barcode scanners, you are calling ScanLife the wrong name (it’s not Scancode). And the download URL is http://www.getscanlife.com.

  • David

    ScanLife takes me to Foursquare…

    Also, on the list you have for barcode scanners, you are calling ScanLife the wrong name (it’s not Scancode). And the download URL is http://www.getscanlife.com.

  • David

    ScanLife takes me to Foursquare…

    Also, on the list you have for barcode scanners, you are calling ScanLife the wrong name (it’s not Scancode). And the download URL is http://www.getscanlife.com.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle McInnes

    @Gregory – really? Weird. It should have taken you to foursquare.

    @David – Thanks for the heads up. I’ve updated the post.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle McInnes

    @Gregory – really? Weird. It should have taken you to foursquare.

    @David – Thanks for the heads up. I’ve updated the post.

  • Kyle

    Very cool! The BlackBerry Messenger Barcode Reader works like a charm for me.

  • Kyle

    Very cool! The BlackBerry Messenger Barcode Reader works like a charm for me.

  • Lee

    you can actually just use the BBM “invite contact” scanner as a QR reader. I’ve been doing this for a while. It works the same as the other readers.

  • Lee

    you can actually just use the BBM “invite contact” scanner as a QR reader. I’ve been doing this for a while. It works the same as the other readers.

  • http://www.blackberryauctions.com/ Loony2nz

    ditto what Kyle said. just use the barcode reader from BBM and voila.

  • http://www.blackberryauctions.com Loony2nz

    ditto what Kyle said. just use the barcode reader from BBM and voila.

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Ebscer

    I was actually talking to an android user yesterday who was telling me that (at least for a little while) the android market place displayed QR codes for applications when you looked through their online web store. This would be a lot better than the email a url to a link approach that BB AppWorld currently uses. And if appworld implements a protocal for this (like they did with BBM) then it would also allow others like you to do so as well.

    This however is a great idea, and a great first step…

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Ebscer

    I was actually talking to an android user yesterday who was telling me that (at least for a little while) the android market place displayed QR codes for applications when you looked through their online web store. This would be a lot better than the email a url to a link approach that BB AppWorld currently uses. And if appworld implements a protocal for this (like they did with BBM) then it would also allow others like you to do so as well.

    This however is a great idea, and a great first step…

  • Gregory Pittman

    Yep. Not sure what happened to cause it to send me to iheartradio, but it worked correctly on a subsequent attempt. We’ll chalk it up to just a fluke.

  • Gregory Pittman

    Yep. Not sure what happened to cause it to send me to iheartradio, but it worked correctly on a subsequent attempt. We’ll chalk it up to just a fluke.

  • impak875

    What an ingenious way to download an app!!!

  • impak875

    What an ingenious way to download an app!!!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle McInnes

    I like the fact that BBM has a barcode scanner, but what’s with not being able to set it to a convenience key? C’mon RIM.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle McInnes

    I like the fact that BBM has a barcode scanner, but what’s with not being able to set it to a convenience key? C’mon RIM.

  • Frank

    The app doesnt seem to work to well on the Storm2. Is this for non-touch screen only?

  • Frank

    The app doesnt seem to work to well on the Storm2. Is this for non-touch screen only?

  • http://www.ninjachopstick.com/ ninjachopstick

    the link for the firefox addon does not currently work with the latest release of firefox. Cant install it on 3.6. any other ideas for a FF addon?

  • http://www.ninjachopstick.com ninjachopstick

    the link for the firefox addon does not currently work with the latest release of firefox. Cant install it on 3.6. any other ideas for a FF addon?

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  • Coco

    i dont get it!!!

  • dat gyal

    i love this way 2 download an app so i dont kno what ur talking abou