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What is an offline QR Code?

What is an offline QR Code?

Anatomy of an offline QR Code

An offline QR Code has all the information encoded in the code itself and no Internet connection is necessary.

When you create an offline QR Code, you can pack all information in the QR Code itself. When you scan the QR Code your mobile device will be able to process the information offline for example creating an event or add a contact to your address book. There is no need for an internet connection, except when  you want to sync your event or contact into the cloud.

One big disadvantage of offline QR Codes is that once they are printed their content cannot be changed in comparison to dynamic QR Codes.

There are various standardized types of offline QR Codes explained below. You can create those types of QR Codes on your own by clicking on each of them or going straight to our free QR Code Generator.

Offline QR Code types


The simplest information you can encode in a QR Code is a text message containing up to 4.296 chars.

Offline QR Code type text
QR Code with a simple text message: “This is a text” encoded


If you plan to print a QR Code on your business card you may want to use a vCard. A QR Code with a vCard encoded provides contact information that can be added to the phone's address book immediately after scanning.

QR Code with a vCard encoded
QR Code with a vCard encoded

Again: once your address changes you need to re-create the QR Code with updated address information. However, you can also create QR Codes with QR Code Business Cards with dynamic vCards encoded.


With an Event QR Code, people can scan a QR Code and directly add your event to their calendar.

QR Code event calendar
Automatically adds an event to your calendar


Initiate a call with a QR Code. The user is offered to dial a number after scanning the QR Code.

QR Code phone
Init a phone call after scanning this QR Code


A QR Code with a ready to send a text message is an SMS QR Code. After the user scans the QR Code he can send the text encoded in the QR Code to any mobile number or to a predefined number of your choice.

QR Code Static SMS Message
QR Code with an SMS “Hello” that will be send to the number “12345678”


Like you can create an SMS QR Code the same applies to E-mails. Encode an E-mail with subject, recipient, and body in a QR Code and the E-mail is ready to send after the users scan the QR Code.

Static QR Code E-mail
This QR Code will send an E-Mail to us with the subject “ rocks” and “test” in the message body.


For Android Phones this handy QR Code type can connect you to a Wi-Fi Hotspot right away. New: Since the release of the latest OS on Apple devices, QR Codes can be read with the native camera app on ios11 and you can also connect to a Wi-Fi with an iPhone.

Offline QR Code WIFI
This QR Code will connect you to a WPA secured Wi-Fi with the SSID: testSSid and the password: test

SEPA - Bank transfer

European Payments Council (EPC) published ‘Quick Response Code: Guidelines to Enable Data Capture for the Initiation of a Credit Transfer’ (PDF) in February 2013. Thanks to this great standardization job, you can create a QR Code that contains the payment information in your invoices. Customers can pay using this functionality in your bank App (if available) only scanning the QR Code.

This QR Code will prepare a payment to Joe Doe’s account DE91 1000 0000 0123 4567 89 for $100 with “Demo payment” statement


With a GPS QR Code you can navigate a user to a location. The QR Code has a lng/lat pair encoded. After a user scans the QR Code the Map App will open on the mobile device with the location centered on the map.

Geo GPS QR Code
This QR Code has the longitude/latitude 48.267,16.390 encoded which navigates you directly to our company.
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What is a static QR Code?

A static QR Code has the target URL directly encoded and will never expire. You cannot change the target URL once printed nor track who scanned your QR Codes.