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    Handheld scanners are designed for use in industrial settings, warehouses, and other applications where durability is required. But they can be heavy and bulky, and, let’s face it: They’re not always convenient. If you have staff working with products in the field or employees who have the occasional need to scan a bar code, but the frequency doesn’t necessitate carrying around a handheld scanner all day, a barcode scanner app can be just the ticket to maintain functionality without adding complexity to otherwise simple processes.

    The great thing about barcode scanner and inventory apps is that they’re often compatible with your existing software, and many are available with cross-device compatibility. That means your team could be using their personal smartphones to scan barcodes on the job, with a minimal additional cost to your organization, provided security can be adequately mitigated with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.

    The following 36 apps are among the most functional and popular applications available for scanning barcodes. While they’re not rated or ranked in any particular order, we’ve provided all the information you need to decide which app is best for your unique needs.

    The 36 Best Barcode Scanner Apps and Readers

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    Cross-Platform Compatible Apps

    1. BarCloud

    best barcode scanner app

    The ASAP BarCloud App is actually a complete, cloud-based asset management or inventory program, accessible from any iOS or Android device, as well as from any Internet browser. With automatic backup and the ability to schedule your own custom backups, your data is always secure and readily accessible. Simple inventory counting to complex systems, such as batch-lot and serialized inventory, are supported, and you’ll never lose track of shared assets with BarCloud’s check-in and check-out system. There aren’t an abundance of user reviews available, but the mobile apps earn four stars or better on both iTunes and Google Play.

    OS: iOS, Android

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/barcloud-pro/id1065877687?mt=8 

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asapsystems.barcloudpro&hl=en

    iTunes Rating: 4+

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars

    Key Features:

    • Manually enter data or scan
    • Vendors, customers, models, locations, and other data
    • Search and view files for stock items
    • Filter options
    • Export data as PDF or Excel
    • Visual analytics tools
    • Overdue items, expiring items, low inventory

    Cost: Mobile app – FREE

    Asset Management Plans & Pricing:

    • Lite – $25/user/month
    • Standard – $75/user/month
    • Professional – $125/user/month

    Inventory Plans & Pricing:

    • Lite – $25/user/month
    • Standard – $75/user/month
    • Professional – $125/user/month
    1. Scandit

    barcode reader app

    Scandit is an SDK that enables enterprises to incorporate barcode scanning functionality in a mobile app. An SDK is similar to an API for developers, as it enables companies to build mobile apps for iOS or Android. Not quite the traditional ready-to-go mobile app, Scandit is an option for developers who are building apps that would benefit from scanning capabilities, as well as enterprises commissioning proprietary mobile apps where this capability would be a value-added component and alleviate the need to download a third-party application.

    OS: iOS, Android, and Symbian, Phonegap plugin

    Download: Get Trial or Full Downloads here.

    iTunes Rating: N/A

    Google Play Rating: N/A

    Key Features:

    • Transform smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices into barcode scanners
    • Lightning-fast, accurate barcode scanning
    • Wide range of symbologies supported
    • Doesn’t require autofocus
    • Scans at any angle
    • Size does not impact accuracy


    • Community – FREE (or 8% of your paid app price)
    • Enterprise Basic – $199/month
    • Enterprise Premium – $399/month
    1. Scan to Spreadsheet

    barcode scanner

    Scan to Spreadsheet is a simple app with simple functionality. But sometimes, that’s exactly what users need; a basic app that scans barcodes and stores data in a central database, Scan to Spreadsheet is precisely what you’re looking for. A few reviewers criticize its lack of flexibility and customization tools, but others like its basic features.

    OS: iOS, Android

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scan-to-spreadsheet/id478631675?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.berrywing.scantospreadsheet

    iTunes Rating: 4+

    Google Play Rating: 3.4/5 stars

    Key Features:

    • Date and time stamp
    • Custom fields for data entry
    • Maintains one large database with information


    • Android – $0.99
    • iTunes – $2.99
    1. QuickMark

    Quickmark barcode scanner app

    With QuickMark, you can not only scan, but create barcodes and QR codes. The cross-platform scanner reads multiple types of barcodes and multiple barcode formats, making it one of the most versatile barcode apps available. With less manual data entry, you can quickly and easily record URLs, item names, locations, and much more. Overall, owners seem to be pleased with the QuckMark app, although a few users complain that it doesn’t scan much.

    OS: Android, iOS, Windows

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tw.com.quickmark

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-code-reader-quickmark-barcode/id384883554?mt=8

    Other Download Options: http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/downloadmain.asp

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 (21,327)

    iTunes Rating: 4+

    Key Features:

    • Quickly scans multiple QR code and barcode formats
    • Not fully cross-device compatible
    • Attach images to records for more transferability
    • Accurate and simple; email and transfer data

    Cost: FREE

    1. ScanLife


    ScanLife is a barcode inventory app that allows consumers to scan QR codes and barcodes on any product and pull up information such as nutritional facts and ingredients, prices, and nearby locations where products can be purchased in real time. The ScanLife app is part of a larger platform for businesses who want to better engage mobile users, by incorporating QR codes into marketing strategies. With nearly 48,000 user reviews on Google Play alone, ScanLife gets positive feedback overall.

    OS: iOS, Android

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanlife-barcode-scanner-qr/id285324287?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ScanLife

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 3.5 (6,200+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (46,700+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Complete history of everything you’ve scanned, even offline
    • Send an email to yourself as a reminder for later
    • Nutritional information and ingredients for food products
    • Find products and prices at online and brick-and-mortar retailers
    • Built-in Facebook and Twitter sharing options
    • Business platform enables better consumer mobile engagement


    • Basic – $25/month
    • Basic Plus – $85/month
    • Enterprise – Contact for a quote (free trial)
    1. NeoReader QR & Barcode Scanner


    NeoReader gets tons of user feedback at the iTunes and Google Play Stores, but it seems the most current version fares much better than previous editions of this app. At iTunes, the current version earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, in just over 30 user reviews. The overall rating, however, is just two stars, based on more than 5,200 user reviews. Most users say it scans practically any code, in contrast to typical barcode scanner apps, which can be limited on the scope of their scanning capabilities.

    OS: Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows, Ovi

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.gavitec.android&hl=en

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/neoreader-qr-reader-barcode/id284973754?mt=8

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 2/5 stars (5,200+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (18,600+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Scans the broadest set of 1D and 2D barcodes, including: QR, Data Matrix, Aztec, EAN, UPC, Code 39, Code 128, PDF 417, and more
    • Automatically detects code type
    • Create your own QR codes for free
    • Omni-directional, live-stream scanning
    • Full scanning history
    • Scans vCard, meCard, WiFi, phone number and email codes
    • Built-in sharing for email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter

    Cost: FREE

    1. i-nigma Reader


    i-nigma is free to download, but the company uses advertising to offset some of the development and ongoing maintenance costs. This causes some users to gripe about small ads on the dashboard, but most don’t seem to mind and say they have no problems scanning just about any barcode using this app. It scans vCards and MECARDs to act as a streamlined Rolodex, instantly storing contact information in your phone’s contact list, opens maps with Geo codes, and adds events to your phone’s calendar with calendar barcodes, all in addition to scanning QR, DataMatrix and UPC/EAN codes for a fully-functional app for reading barcodes.

    OS: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/i-nigma-4-qr-datamatrix-barcode/id388923203?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.threegvision.products.inigma.Android

    Main Download: http://www.i-nigma.mobi/

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 4/5 stars (260+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4.4 stars (6,600+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Scans QR, DataMatrix and UPC/EAN codes
    • SDK provides additional code compatibility
    • Scan typically difficult codes, such as colored, creative, or reversed codes
    • No need to pre-set barcode types
    • Share scanned codes through social media, SMS, email
    • Create your own QR codes
    • Scan vCards or MECARDs to easily store contacts
    • Geo barcodes to open maps
    • Calendar barcodes add events to your calendar

    Cost: FREE

    1. Lynkee Reader


    Lynkee is a barcode scanner app geared more towards the consumer than the inventory control or asset manager, but it is a simple and handy app with the ability to scan a variety of 1D and 2D barcodes, including DataMatrix barcodes. Scan vCards and MECARDs to store contact info, compare prices, search your scanning history and more. Users say this barcode reader application is quick and accurate, but there are a few complaints from users who just can’t seem to get it to open or scan properly.

    OS: Android, iOS, Windows

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/lynkee-2-lecteur-qr-code-barres/id416446101?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lynkee.Reader

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 4/5 stars (120+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (520+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • QR code generator
    • Read barcodes from camera, file or webpage
    • Reads a variety of 1D and 2D barcodes, including vCards, Geolocation, URL, DataMatrix, Flashcode and more
    • Add and share product reviews
    • Create a Lynkee profile

    Cost: FREE

    1. UpCode

    A free optical barcode scanner app that supports 2D, Bidi and 1D (Datamatrix / QR /Ean 8 & 13) barcodes, UpCode is designed to be simple and straightforward to use. Users can create their own optical barcodes for free, and scan any supported barcode to quickly access content like music, images, videos, files, websites, and more. Built-in sharing features enable you to share the content you discover with your contacts, as well. This barcode app gets just two stars at iTunes, but no written reviews are available, so it’s difficult to tell why users give it a low rating. Google Play users generally like it, but some think it’s just standard technology and nothing special.

    OS: iOS, Android, Lumia and Windows

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/fi/app/upcode/id297104013?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.upcode.upcode

    Main Download: http://www.upcode.fi/mobile/pc_download.asp?language=1

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 2/5 stars (130+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 3.9/5 stars (315+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Quickly scans 2D, Bidi, 1D barcodes
    • Supports DataMatrix, QR, Ean 8 & 13 1D barcodes
    • Create your own optical barcodes
    • Access music, videos, websites, and other content

    Cost: FREE

    1. BeeTagg


    BeeTagg has a set of apps: a mobile barcode scanner app, a QR code generator app, an app for contacts management and generating your own personal QR-code business card, a PriceCheck app and now even a mobile app to make fancy, designer QR codes. A free barcode app, BeeTagg is pretty sophisticated in terms of its scanning functionality, but it doesn’t offer any comprehensive built-in database capabilities. That said, you can copy and paste information and codes for later documentation. Users generally say it works okay, but there are some difficulties reported with 1D codes and certain phone models.

    OS: iOS, Blackberry, Android, Windows, Samsung, Ovi

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beetagg-qr-reader/id313157282?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.connvision.mobileaccessor.android

    Main Download: http://get.beetagg.com/en/qr-reader/download

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 2.5/5 stars (450+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 3.4 stars (880+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Goes beyond merely opening a browser window
    • Contextual actions
    • Obtains more info from a single code than most barcode scanner apps
    • 2D codes including QR Codes, BeeTagg Codes and Datamatrix
    • 1D codes including EAN-13 and UPC-A
    • Create your own contact code to exchange information
    • Supports a variety of content types, including vCard, MeCard, Text, SMS, eMail, Geo, Event.

    Cost: FREE

    1. Kaywa


    Kaywa claims to be the best mobile barcode scanning app around, and users seem to agree for the most part. This app gets solid reviews on both iTunes and Google Play, with users saying they love that the scan images are held in memory for later reference. That said, data for this QR barcode reading app is stored in your phone’s internal memory. That means it may eventually slow down other apps, and it can’t be easily removed and transferred to another device if you switch. Otherwise, it lives up to its claim of speed, accuracy, and simplicity.

    OS: Android, iOS

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kaywa-qr-code-reader-scan/id520776783?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kaywa.barcode

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 4/5 stars (40+ ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4.1/5 stars (460+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Free QR code generator
    • Scans all types of barcodes
    • Automatically detects code type
    • History with scan image, text and geolocation data
    • Contact cards with landscape mode

    Cost: FREE

    1. EZ Office Inventory

    EZ Office

    EZ Office Inventory is a complete office inventory management platform that comes with a free barcode scanning app to streamline the process of tracking and maintaining accurate inventory counts. When combined with the full-featured program, you can take advantage of features such as data backup, chart-based actions, bundles, and more. Users say it’s easy to set up, super functional, and is ideal for a variety of applications.

    OS: iOS, Android, Windows

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office-inventory-tracking/id516935177?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ezofficeinventory.mobile2

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 3.5 stars (11 ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4.4./5 stars (25 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Supports custom barcoding
    • Mass scanning
    • Member ID card scanning
    • Real-time asset locations, assignments and alerts
    • Delegated model allows custodians to be active participants


    • App – FREE
    • EZ Office Inventory Plans & Pricing:
      • Silver – $29.99/month
      • Gold – $49.99/month
      • Platinum – $95/month
      • Corporate – Contact for a quote
    1. Scout Mobile Inventory

    Scout is a product of topShelf, a web-based and fully mobile-enabled inventory management system that can be used either as a standalone software platform for managing inventory and asset control, or can be configured as an adjunct to an existing application, such as accounting software or CRM. Available for most modern devices, Scout earns middling scores from users who say it works, but it seems slow and sluggish.

    OS: iOS, Android, Blackberry

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scout-mobile-inventory/id380138845?mt=8

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scoutsft.mobileInventory&hl=en

    iTunes Rating: 4+ (not enough customer ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 3/5 stars (21 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Scan barcodes
    • Create transactions
    • Ship and pack products
    • Print barcodes to any barcode-enabled printer
    • Reporting functions
    • Generate lot and serial numbers
    • Manage returns and tasks


    • Mobile App Pricing:
      • FREE (Android)
      • $0.99 (iTunes)
    • Platform Pricing:
      • TopShelf Plus+ – $50/user/month
      • TopShelf Advanced – $69/user/month
      • TopShelf Enterprise – $120/user/month
      • TopShelf Unleashed – $150/user/month
    1. OnHand BT

    OnHand BT is a product of Steven’s Creek Software, designed to streamline inventory management by turning an existing mobile device into a barcode scanner. It captures all one-dimensional barcodes, and it has a built-in calculator for entering data or changing quantities. With a number of features designed to make the inventory process simpler, such as a restocking mode, it’s a useful platform for any business dealing with inventory. It is one of the more expensive barcode apps available, though, at about $30 on iTunes and Google Play. There aren’t an abundance of user reviews, but the few available reviews indicate that developer support is excellent and features and functions are adequate for a variety of settings.

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stevenscreek.onhand&hl=en

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/on-hand/id365920832?mt=8

    iTunes Rating: 4+ (Not yet enough reviews to determine an average rating for the current version.)

    Google Play Rating: 5.0 (2 reviews)

    Key Features:

    • Built-in calculator to change counts for large amounts
    • Quantity, barcode, name, note, named location, date/time created, date/time last modified
    • User-configurable input and output
    • Multiple modes including: restocking mode, multi-location mode, ‘Pick and Pack’ mode for shipping applications, and more
    • Input and output with UTF-8 encoded text to support special characters and non-Latin alphabets


    • $29.99 (iTunes)
    • $29.95 (Google Play)
    1. CLZ Barry

    CLZ Barry

    Users say CLZ Barry is quick, accurate and efficient, although a few complain that it doesn’t have a feature for entering ISBN book codes. It’s really geared to the collector audience, for those who collect things like comic books, DVDs and the like. Because it can be configured to export data to Excel and other programs, it’s useful for a variety of applications, and users say it’s a huge time-saver. This barcode scanning application requires Android 2.1 or higher, so it may not work on all devices.

    Download for iOS: http://www.itunes.com/apps/clzbarrywirelessbarcodescanner (NOTE: link only works for iOS users with an iTunes account or iPhone)

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.collectorz.clzbarry

    iTunes Rating: 3.5 stars (8 ratings)

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (165+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Supports UPC, EAN, ISBN, UPC+5 barcodes and QR codes
    • Transmit scanned data to your PC or MAC
    • Integrate data collection with any program or text document on your desktop
    • Offline scanning
    • Send scans in batch
    • Targeted to the collector audience
    • Automatic title and image look-up

    Cost: $7.99

    1. CodeREADr 

    With CodeREADr, you can turn your mobile devices into enterprise-grade barcode scanners and data collection tools. Quickly and accurately scan all types of 1D and 2D barcodes, collect photos, and more, with the option to store your scan data on your own servers or in the cloud.
    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/codereadr-production/id389044458?mt=8 (NOTE: link may only work for iOS users with an iTunes account or iPhone)
    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skycore.android.codereadr&hl=en
    iTunes Rating: 3.5 stars (11 ratings)
    Google Play Rating: 3.5 (238 ratings)
    Key Features: 

    • Easy, rapid barcode scanning
    • Voice and text search
    • On-device backup ensures your scans are always saved
    • Auto next scan initiates subsequent scans without the need to press a button
    • Multiple choice and short answer options enable data collection during scanning
    • Photo capture

    Cost: FREE

    1. Gamma Play QR & Barcode Scanner

    Images via Google Play

    Gamma Play’s QR & Barcode Scanner is a fast QR/barcode scanner that is easy to use with your iOS or Android device. Simply point your device at a QR code or barcode and the app automatically will detect and scan it. You won’t need to waste any more time pressing buttons, taking photos, or adjusting your zoom.
    OS: iOS, Android
    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-code-reader-barcode-scanner/id1159068566
    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamma.scan
    iTunes Rating: 4
    Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars
    Key Features:

    • Scans and reads all QR and barcode types including text, URL, ISBN, product, contact, calendar, email, location, and Wi-Fi
    • Receive only the relevant options for the code you scan
    • Scan product codes and compare prices while shopping, too

    Cost: FREE

    1. Scan – QR Code and Barcode Reader

    Images via Google Play

    Scan is a QR code and barcode reader app available on iOS, Android, Windows, and more. Scan is easy to use and does not require pressing a button or taking a photo because the app automatically recognizes the code at which your camera points.
    OS: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows
    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scan-qr-code-barcode-reader/id411206394?mt=8
    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.scan.android.scan
    iTunes Rating: 4.5
    Google Play Rating: 4.3/5 stars
    Key Features:

    • Codes containing URLs will take you automatically to the website
    • Codes containing text will automatically be readable
    • Recognizes all popular barcode types including UPC, EAN, and ISBN and shows pricing, reviews, and more
    • View a history list and map of all past scans


    • iTunes: $1.99
    • Google Play: FREE

    iOS-Only Apps

    1. Inventory Scanner

    Inventory Scanner is packed with useful features for inventory managers. Ideal for data input, this app allows you to scan and register products, and record related product data. It’s all stored in an integrated database for at-your-fingertips access to product details, prices, inventory counts, and more. With a logical category and sub-category structure, it’s easy to organize diverse inventories without sacrificing accessibility. It gets some mixed feedback from users, however. Some users complain that it lacks an importing feature to easily add data from other sources, and others say it won’t scan some barcodes. Overall, it earns an average rating of three stars out of five in about 285 reviews.

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inventory-scanner/id365563373?mt=8

    iTunes Rating: 4+ (Not enough info for average rating, 284 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Register products and data, such as location, item numbers, quantity, etc.
    • Track inventory
    • Streamline automatic document processing
    • Saves all data in integrated database for further processing and analysis
    • User-configurable data
    • Export via email or integrated Wi-Fi export server

    Cost: FREE

    1. AssetTrack

    AssetTrack is a simple-to-use scanner app designed for iOS devices. Apps like AssetTrack make it possible for enterprises to capitalize on the growing BYOD trend, although in this case, all employees or users would require an iOS (Apple) device. With options for pre-configuring certain form-field options and data entry information, scanning both expected and rogue inventory is simple with AssetTrack.

    OS: iOS

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/TR/app/id916955240

    iTunes Rating: N/A

    Key Features:

    • Supports Socket Bluetooth scanner
    • Instant identification of rogue vs. expected inventory
    • Easily input model and serial numbers for rogue items
    • Assign item location from pre-configured location options

    Cost: Contact for a quote

    1. Business Inventory

    Business Inventory is an iOS barcode app available from the iTunes store for just 99 cents. It gets some mixed feedback from users, however, with complaints of bugs and crashes. One user gripes that you can’t mark an item as sold by using the scanner function. It does have touchscreen options for doing so, along with filters to generate custom reports, inventory reporting options, exporting capabilities, and more.

    OS: iOS

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/business-inventory/id535888410?mt=8

    iTunes Rating:  4+, user rating 2/5 stars (19 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Summary reports
    • Filtered lists
    • Mark as sold, buy new, or cancel touchscreen options
    • Works on the iPhone or iPad
    • Summarize your inventory
    • Export inventory reports

    Cost: $0.99

    1. Stock Control

    Stock Control is a barcode scanner app developed by Kiwi Objects, designed to improve your productivity by giving you better control over your inventory counts. Users are generally positive about this app, and it’s pretty straightforward to use. Simply scan your items, organize your database by category, type, personal vs. work, or whatever hierarchy works for your purposes. You can manage two sets of stock completely independently. For precise control, Stock Control enables refined management of quantities in different locations, such as storage, as well as shortage alerts so you’ll never find yourself out of supplies again.

    OS: iOS

    Download for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stock-control-easily-manage/id492472375?mt=8

    iTunes Rating: 4+, user rating 4/5 stars (100+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Refined management of quantities
    • Organize by category; create logical hierarchies
    • Shortage alerts
    • Importing and exporting
    • Create PDF catalogs and print or email lists of products


    • FREE (limited to 15 items)
    • Unlock additional items with in-app purchase

    Android-Only Apps

    1. Barcode Scanner App

    The Barcode Scanner App was built to demonstrate the functionality of Barcode Xpress for Mobile, Accusoft’s barcode SDK for Android. It’s designed for enterprises and developers who want to build a barcode-aware application for Android devices, integrating powerful decoding capabilities into a custom application designed specifically for your company’s requirements. Simply position a barcode in the middle of the scanning screen for instant decoding. Depending on the data stored in the scanned barcode, actions may include redirecting to a website, displaying product data, or other results. The Barcode Scanner App recognizes a variety of 1D and 2D barcodes. This demo app gets positive feedback from users, earning an average rating of four stars out of five in more than 165 reviews. Accusoft also offers a Barcode Xpress for iOS SDK if you’re building a custom application requiring barcode-scanning capabilities for an iPhone or other iOS device.

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accusoft.barcodescanner.client

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (160+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • 2D scanning capabilities, including Aztec, DataMatrix, PDF417, QR
    • 1D scanning capabilities, including UPC, EAN, Matrix, Patch Code, and many more
    • Built with Barcode Xpress for Mobile, Accusoft’s barcode SDK
    • Accusoft’s barcode SDK can be used for custom barcode scan development
    • Share decoded text by email or SMS
    • Search for books with ISBN
    • Automatically scans; no need to input type manually

    Cost: FREE

    1. xMAT


    ixMAT relies on Java-based software to turn your device into a barcode scanner. This free barcode scan app works for Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and JavaME devices, but it’s not available for the iPhone or iPad. It supports a variety of 1D and 2D codes, analyzing automatically without the need to input the barcode type. Those who want to share contact information via a 2D code may be initially put off by the idea that this requires constant access permission, but the company assures users that their personal privacy settings are honored. Users, however, say this barcode reader asks for a slew of permissions.

    OS: Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, JavaME

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ixellence.ixmat.android.community

    Google Play Rating: 3.8/5 stars (2,700+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Capable of scanning rotated DataMatrix codes and barcodes
    • Instant search
    • Scan history
    • Bulk mode
    • Send small text files via email
    • Not compatible with iOS devices

    Cost: FREE

    1. GetBlue Bluetooth Reader (Demo)

    Get Blue

    Another barcode scanning app exclusively for Android devices, Hi Tec’s GetBlue Bluetooth Reader offers a variety of data collection methods and exporting options, including files, spreadsheets, third-party applications and more. GetBlue gathers data from any supported data source and forwards it to any supported Bluetooth SPP and Bluetooth RFCOMM. Any Bluetooth that supports the Serial Port Profile, such as SPP or RFCOMM barcode scanners, can be used.

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tecit.datareader.android.getblue.demo

    Google Play Rating: 3.9/5 stars (450+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Collects data from Bluetooth SPP, serial USB, TCP/IP, HTTP and camera scanners automatically
    • Exports via files, spreadsheets, etc.
    • Bi-directional device communication support is provided
    • Manual data input; device commands may be entered manually
    • Functions as a keyboard wedge

    Cost: Demo version: FREE

    1. Wireless Barcode Scanner

    Wireless Barcode Scanner

    The Wireless Barcode Scanner is another product by Tec-It, but unlike its sister products, this barcoding app doesn’t yet have any user feedback. With adjustable 1D and 2D barcode scanning support, adjustable character sets, and compatibility with some standard software tools, the Wireless Barcode Scanner offers usability and functionality for a variety of uses and applications. This mobile barcode app only works with Android devices.

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tecit.android.bluescanner.full

    Google Play Rating: 0 (no ratings available)

    Key Features:

    • Adjustable 1D/2D barcode support
    • Adjustable character set
    • All scanned barcodes are stored for later access
    • Supports adjustable barcode prefixes, suffixes, and various decoding character sets
    • Can be read with standard software tools from virtual serial port
    • Single shot or batch scanning

    Cost: $12.99

    1. Inventory Droid

    inventory droid

    Inventory Droid, as its name suggests, is available only for the Android operating system. A similar barcode app is available for web-based reporting and inventory tracking that’s compatible with iOS devices, but this app does not support barcode scanning. Inventory Droid gets positive feedback overall, with a few quirks noted. For instance, one reviewer says she’d prefer that the inventory search evaluates her inventory only, not that of Amazon and other online retailers.

    OS: Android

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.inventorydroid&hl=en

    Google Play Rating: 4/5 stars (298 reviews)

    Key Features:

    • Custom fields, field units, and scanable fields
    • Multiple accounts and categories for streamlined management
    • CSV import/export
    • Account backup and restore
    • Built-in shopping features
    • Loan reminders
    • Store photos and receipts in SD folders

    Cost: $4.99

    1. Barcodescanner Keyboard

    Other than some compatibility issues with specific devices, users say the Barcodescanner Keyboard works well. With multiple keyboard layouts to support a variety of languages, this reader application is both versatile and functional.

    Download for Android:

    Demo: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tecit.android.barcodekbd.demo

    Full: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tecit.android.barcodekbd.full

    Google Play Rating: 4.2/5 stars (60+ ratings) – full version

    Key Features:

    • Multiple keyboard layouts available for language support
    • Automatically fills fields with scanned barcode information
    • Can be configured with target application control keys
    • Does not require Internet or SMS control permissions
    • Secured data is protected from keylogging
    • Scans in landscape or portrait mode


    • Free Demo
    • Full paid version: $3.99
    1. ScanPet


    ScanPet is a barcode app for Android devices, and it’s compatible with the Kindle Fire. This barcode app garners feedback from more than 1,500 users on Google Play, where it earns an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5.  ScanPet uses Excel as an item database, enabling the app to function as a complete inventory management application – all managed by your smartphone, which doubles as a scanner. It’s being used for everything from personal CD collections to business inventory. With exporting options and a slew of other features, it’s easy to get the essential inventory data you need to other applications and programs. There’s a basic, free version and a more sophisticated, paid version available.

    OS: Android

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maiko.scanpet&hl=en

    Premium/Paid Version Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maiko.xscanpet

    Google Play Rating: 4.1/5 stars (1,500+ ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Customization wizard
    • Add as many custom fields as you require
    • Compatible with a variety of data types: string,number,lists of values,date,time,photo, latitude,longitude, etc.
    • Functions as a WiFi scanner for direct-to-PC data transmission
    • Sales and shipment tracking
    • Reads most barcode formats and symbologies
    • Also functions as an attendance tracker or roster


    • FREE
    • Premium paid version – $2.10
    1. Inventory X Pro

    Inventory X Pro

    The ultimate inventory, asset management and collection app, Inventory X Pro has a built-in barcode scanner and the other tools and capabilities to turn your smartphone into a total inventory control system. It’s only available for the Android operating system, and it doesn’t have many reviews. Those that are available are positive, however, with users praising developer support and overall functionality and usability.

    OS: Android

    Download for Android: http://inventory-x.msurflab.com/ 

    Google Play Rating: 4.4/5 stars (7 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Multi-level categories
    • Tags for easy searching
    • UPC, EAN, ISBN, ASIN codes
    • Attach photos and receipts to items
    • Scan custom barcodes, UPC, EAN codes
    • Check-in and check-out transactions
    • Multi-level locations with time stamps
    • Generate inventory reports
    • Quantity balance updates
    • Customization options
    • Importing and exporting

    Cost: $2.99

    1. Rapid Inventory App for Android

    The Rapid Inventory App for Android can solve your most pressing inventory concerns by turning your smartphone or other mobile device into a barcode scanner. Easy importing and exporting options make it possible to transfer data to other applications for accounting and other purposes. With customization options, such as custom fields, you can categorize and filter your products in a variety of ways to suit your needs. With simple, intuitive operation and three different price levels, including a free version, sers say this smartphone barcode scanner is exactly what they needed.

    Download for Android: http://www.tec-it.com/en/download/android/rapid-inventory/Download.aspx

    Google Play Rating:

    • Free – 3.8 (270 ratings)
    • Business – 4.5 (2 ratings)
    • Unlimited – 4.0 (3 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Maintain item stock lists, part lists, serial and item numbers, and other characteristics
    • Track fixed or moveable assets
    • Tag items with labels for easy sorting and searching
    • Import and export reports and data (CSV, Excel, Google Drive)
    • Custom fields; custom sort order


    • Pay-as-You-Go
    • Free
    • Business – $13.99
    • Unlimited – $39.99
    • Volume Pricing
    • Free Demo available
    1. My Inventory

    My Inventory

    My Inventory enables you to create several inventory databases, sort and categorize products based on a variety of characteristics, construct reports, export product lists, full inventory, check-in and check-out entries, and more via CSV or XML. Bulk-scanning products is possible once you’ve created your inventories. Users say it’s stable and easy to use, but the help page could be more robust and the exporting feature could be a bit simpler to use. Otherwise, users seem to think this is an excellent barcode app to scan and manage inventory.

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appdevandroid.framework.inventories

    Free: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appdevandroid.framework.inventoriesfree

    Paid: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appdevandroid.framework.inventories

    Google Play Rating: 3.7/5 stars (30 ratings)

    Key Features:

    • Export inventory in a CSV or Excel file by products, inventories, check in-out entries
    • Create multiple inventories; sort products by inventory
    • Input includes name, type, location, price, quantity, purchase date, inventory
    • Sort and filter using the above tags
    • Form auto-fill saves time


    • FREE
    • Paid version: $1.95
    1. Inventory Barcode Scanner (Action-Plus)

    Action Plus
    Inventory Barcode Scanner is a pretty simple and straightforward app that does exactly what you’d expect a barcode scanning tool to do. You can enter product and inventory data, and the app automatically adjusts your stock counts when additional barcodes are scanned. You can manually enter data or rely on the scanner, and export your data as a .csv file to integrate your inventory data with another application. It gets middling scores from users, earning an average rating of 3.3 stars out of five, but the written reviews provided are generally positive. One user describes the Inventory Barcode Scanner as “Great for quick and dirty inventory,” and most agree that it’s fast and accurate.

    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionplus.CCC_BQNE&hl=en

    Google Play Rating: 3.3 (75+ reviews)

    Key Features:

    • Make your Android function just like a barcode scanner
    • Scan or type in data for information fields
    • Auto-save
    • Export to .csv file for Excel

    Cost: FREE

    1. Mobile Inventory

    Images via Google Play

    Mobile Inventory is a barcode scanner and inventory app that makes it easier and faster to manage inventory. Designed for 30% – 40% time savings in the inventory process, Mobile Inventory features a barcode and QR code scanner and allows users to add images to products.
    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ro.bino.inventory
    Google Play Rating: 4.2/5 stars
    Key Features:

    • Manage stock entries by adding inputs, outputs, and movement between locations
    • Add collected quantities by using barcode scan, quick search, category filter, calculator, tags, counting history, or batching factor
    • User-defined tags
    • Filter and sort products
    • Entries history and custom fields

    Cost: FREE with in-app purchases available

    1. Stock and Inventory Simple

    Images via Google Play

    Stock and Inventory Simple is an easy-to-use Android app that speeds the inventory process by enabling users to scan barcodes with your smartphone camera. Use your mobile device to manage and control stock, maintain product catalog, and streamline inventory processes.
    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stockmanagment.next.app
    Google Play Rating: 4.1/5 stars
    Key Features:

    • Add items to documents by selecting them from a goods catalog as you search by name, scanning items’ barcodes with your camera, or importing from an Excel spreadsheet
    • Backup and restore your database
    • Send documents to email, Google drive, or Dropbox

    Cost: FREE

    1. Barcode Scanner Pro

    Images via Google Play

    A professional edition barcode scanner, Barcode Scanner Pro is one of the fastest and most accurate barcode scanning apps available for Android devices. With more than 57,300 5-star ratings by Google Play users, Barcode Scanner Pro also is one of the most popular and highly-rated barcode scanners.
    Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geekslab.qrbarcodescanner.pro
    Google Play Rating: 4.6/5 stars
    Key Features:

    • Scan, decode, create, or share the QR code or barcode
    • Crate and share your own WR codes via social media such as Facebook or Twitter, or through email or a SMS to friends
    • Show scan history
    • Fast, accurate professional barcode scanner

    Cost: FREE
    The good news is inventory and asset management doesn’t have to be a long, tedious process, thanks to apps like these. Many of the best barcode scanner apps are free, and most others are low-cost, even if you opt to subscribe to the full asset management platform.

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