How to Pay a Venmo QR Image That You Received in a Text Message or Email

Scanning a Venmo QR code is simple – just aim your camera at the code and click. But what happens when someone emails or texts you the code? How do you go about scanning a code already on your phone in the form of an image?

How to Pay a Venmo QR Image That You Received in a Text Message or Email

If you want to know the answers to these questions, you’re in the right place. In this article, we look at how to scan a Venmo QR image that you received in a text message or email and make payment.

How to Scan a Venmo QR Code That Was Texted as an Image

When using a Venmo QR code, most occasions require you to scan a code printed off on a menu or a vendor card. Or, if you’re with a friend or family member and you need to pay them, you can scan the code directly off their phone.

But what if you need to pay someone and they’re not with you? Venmo makes things simple for users by allowing them to text or email a QR code for payment. What Venmo doesn’t do is provide a tool that enables you to scan a QR code stored as an image. Luckily there is a way around this, but you will need to use a third-party app, such as Google Lens. If someone texts you a Venmo QR code, here are the steps you can follow to scan it using an iPhone:

  1. Make sure you have the Google app installed on your phone.
  2. Launch the Google app.
  3. On the “Home” screen, tap the icon for the “Google Lens.” You can find this icon next to the “Search” bar, which looks like a little multi-colored camera.
  4. In the Google Lens screen, tap on the icon for the photo library (this icon looks like a photo with two mountains) in the upper right-hand corner.
  5. Look through your photo collection to find the image of the QR code. Select this photo.

Google Lens will read the scan results. It will then supply you with a link at the bottom of the screen. If you tap this link, it will take you to the payment information for the Venmo user you need to pay. You can now pay them:

  1. Add in the amount you want to pay.
  2. Provide a description of what the payment is for.
  3. Tap “Pay” at the bottom right of the screen.
  4. Your Venmo balance and a default backup account will come up. Choose which one you want to make the payment from.
  5. Confirm the payment.

If you own an Android device, follow these instructions to scan and pay the Venmo QR code from an image received by text:

  1. Ensure the Google app is installed on your phone and then launch it.
  2. On the Google “Home” screen, tap the small multi-colored camera icon for the “Google Lens.” You can find this icon next to the “Search” bar.
  3. In the Google Lens screen, your photo gallery will load at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Scroll through your photos to find the image of the QR code. Tap this photo.

Google Lens will scan the QR code. The link to the user’s Venmo profile will appear on your screen. Tapping this link will launch Venmo and open on the payment screen for this particular user. You can now make your payment:

  1. Type in the amount to pay.
  2. Describe what the payment is for.
  3. Press “Pay” at the bottom of the screen.
  4. The option of paying from your Venmo balance or a default backup account will come up. Make your selection.
  5. Confirm the payment.

How to Scan a Venmo QR Code That Was Emailed as an Image

Just as Venmo allows users to text an image of their personal QR code for payment, it also enables sending it as an email attachment. Once you have downloaded this attachment from your email, you can use Google Lens to scan the QR code. This then makes it simple for you to pay the user. If you are using an iPhone, this is how to go about scanning the emailed QR code and then making payment:

  1. Save the email attachment with the Venmo QR code to your phone’s photo gallery.
  2. Launch the Google web browser.
  3. On the screen that opens, press on the icon with the colorful camera icon at the far right of the search bar.
  4. This opens up Google Lens. Tap the “Gallery” icon on the top-right of the screen.
  5. Scroll through your images to find the QR code photo you downloaded from the email. Tap on the image.

Google Lens will then read the QR code and leave a link at the bottom of your screen. Tapping this link will launch your Venmo app and take you directly to the user’s profile. You can then make your payment.

  1. Key in the amount you want to pay.
  2. Give a name to the payment.
  3. Tap “Pay.”
  4. Choose to pay from either your Venmo balance or from a loaded default account.
  5. Confirm your payment.

If you are using an Android device, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Open your email and save the QR code image attachment. This image should save to the “Downloads” folder in your gallery.
  2. Launch the Google web browser app.
  3. Press on the colorful camera icon at the far right of the search bar.
  4. Google Lens will launch. At the bottom of the screen, your image gallery will display. Scroll through these images to find the QR code image saved from your email.
  5. Tap on the image.

The QR code is then read by Google Lens, which supplies the link for the code at the bottom of the screen. By tapping this link, you will launch the Venmo app. The profile of the user to whom the code belongs will open. You can then make your payment.

  1. Type in the payment amount.
  2. Create a description of the amount you are paying.
  3. Tap “Pay.”
  4. Select to pay from either your Venmo balance or from a loaded default account before confirming the payment.

QR codes are designed for use with your mobile phone. If you want to scan a QR code from your PC, it is doable, although not many people use this method as it is somewhat tedious. You would need to download and install a third-party app, print out the emailed QR code, and photograph it with your webcam. Unfortunately, Google Lens does not scan a QR code on your PC, as this specific function is designed for use with mobile phones only.

Scanning and Payment Complete!

Scanning and paying a Venmo QR code that has been texted or emailed to you as an image can be challenging. But, once you know the steps to follow, it is relatively straightforward. By using the instructions provided here, you should soon be scanning these codes with ease, and you can get to making the payments that require your attention.

Have you scanned and paid a Venmo QR code from a texted or emailed image before? Did you use a process similar to those provided in this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.

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