One of the benefits of using the Chrome browser (and Firefox) is the ability to install extensions to add unique functionality to the browser. One of them is a QR code generator for the Windows Phone Store. We have covered a similar extension before, but it stopped working after the Store switched to HTTPS.
Now, a new developer by the name of George Schizas has shared his updated version of the extension, which is, of course, free.
The extension is simple: navigate to the Windows Phone Store web site on your PC, and whichever app you are looking at, a corresponding QR code is generated.
Sure, you could use the 'send to phone' feature, but if you have multiple devices this is actually an extra step, and for some, it never works. With this method, you can just quickly scan the QR using the Camera Lens or a third-party app like Scan. Additionally, you do not need to be logged in to your Microsoft Account, which makes this extension useful for families or people who share a computer.
The developer has also released the source code for the extension on Github for others to use as they wish.
Hopefully, with the forthcoming Spartan Browser Project in Windows 10, users will finally be able to install similar extensions on the native browser.
Follow the source link to install the extension to your Chrome browser.
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