Dynamic vs static QR code: what are the differences ?

We all know what QR codes are. But still, the differences between static and dynamic QR codes are quite confusing. We will see what makes them different.

Dynamic vs static QR code: what are the differences ?

What is a QR code ?

Let's start with the basics. According to Wikipedia, a QR (quick response code) code is "a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) invented in 1994 by Japanese company Denso Wave."  that "contain data for a locator, identifier, or tracker that points to a website or application." and "consists of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background, including some fiducial markers, which can be read by an imaging device such as a camera"

Didn't get it and I'm sure it's the same for a lot of you. So let's give a simpler non-technical definition.

A QR code is a two-dimensional barcode that can be scanned using a smartphone or other mobile device to quickly and easily access information or a website. It consists of black and white squares arranged in a specific pattern and can contain a variety of information, such as URLs, text, and contact information.

This is what we also call a static QR code.


What is a dynamic QR code ?

A dynamic QR code works the exact same way as a static QR code: it stores data in black and white squares arranged in a specific pattern. But the difference lies in the data it stores. Let me explain.

A dynamic QR code stores the link to an URL that instantly redirects the user to another URL, the one that your user will land to. The process is the following:

  1. You scan the dynamic QR code
  2. You land on the first URL
  3. You automatically get redirected to the final URL

You may be asking yourself what's the point of having an additional URL. Well, this is what makes it dynamic; meaning that the QR code can be edited at any time. In other words, you can update the link of your QR code without re-printing a new one.


What's better: static or dynamic QR codes ?

The answer is very simple: dynamic QR codes are better than static ones. They offer much more flexibility and advantages:

  • Flexibility - you can update the data of your QR code at any time
  • Tracking - with dynamic QR codes you can (depending on your implementation) see how many times and where your QR code have been scanned
  • Less expensive - if you plan to use your QR codes on communication supports like flyers, you won't need to re-print them just to change the QR code data

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