By reading the XPAND Code pasted on a sign, a variety of expanded information relating to the sign can be obtained.
XPAND Code can be read in the following ways.

Read from webpages

Can be read from webpages incorporating the JavaScript barcode reader “XPAND.CODES Reader JS”.
If using iOS or Android, please tap the button on the Home screen.

Operating environment:
iOS 11.3 or later + Safari
Android + Chrome 29 or later
Surface + Firefox 22 or later

Read with an app supporting XPAND Code

Using a QR or barcode reader app that supports XPAND Code, you can read it the same as a QR code.
The app will automatically determine if an XPAND Code or QR code is being read, so no switching operation is necessary.
It is currently supported by the following 2 apps. There are plans for more apps to support it in the future.
Please check with your app developer/distributor to see if your app supports XPAND Code and if and when they plan to support it in the future.

Free app that can read QR/JAN/XPAND Code

XPAND.CODES Barcode Reader
Ginza Design of Communications Gsk
A multi-type simple barcode reader that can also read XPAND Code

These supporting apps read codes conforming to the XPAND Code v2 standard. Please take note that in some cases v1 (the old version) which was in use before February 2017 cannot be read.

Read from a standard iPhone camera or QR code app

Since iOS11, standard iPhone cameras have supported QR code.
Therefore, although there are some limitations, “XPAND Code Q”, which is a complex type of QR code, is also now readable without apps.
Furthermore, reading is also similarly possible in QR code apps that do not support XPAND Code including Android.
However, some apps have poor code reading functionality and may be unable to read from a distance if they do not support XPAND Code.
We therefore recommend using apps that support XPAND Code.


Notes of Caution:

  • Supported OSs are iPhone and Android. However, there is no operation guarantee. Especially in the case of Android, lack of support and problems with display may occur.
  • Use is presumed to be on default browsers.
  • It functions on both smartphones and tablets.
  • The contents displayed will differ depending on the sign. When supporting multi-lingual displays, the language will be automatically determined based on the device’s language settings.

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