How to scan a 3 word address | what3words
07/10/2019

You can scan a what3words address to enter it into the app, just like you’d scan a barcode, QR code or bank card. Here’s everything you need to know about this feature.

How does it work?

When you see a printed what3words address, open the app, tap the scan icon on the search bar, point your camera at the what3words address, then select the correct suggestion.

It’s an easy way to enter a what3words address into the app to save it, navigate to it or share it with someone.

Smartphone using the what 3 words app

1. Tap the camera icon in the search bar

smart phone scanning a what 3 words address

2. Make sure the 3 word address sits in the scanning window and wait for a few moments for it to be scanned

smart phone using the what 3 words app

3. Tap the correct address

When would I scan a 3 word address?

You might come across a printed 3 word address on an event invite, in a guide book or displayed as a sign.

Scanning is an easy way to enter a 3 word address into the app to save it, navigate to it or share it with someone.

What languages does it work in?

You can scan a what3words address in nineteen languages, including: Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Kannada, Malayalam, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish and Urdu. We’ll be adding more languages in the future, so watch this space.

Can I scan any 3 word address?

The feature can identify 3 word addresses printed in the following formats:

///filled.count.soap
filled.count.soap

Why can’t I see the camera icon in the search bar?

Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest app update. For now, scanning is only available for iOS 11+ and Android 6+.

Download the latest app update.

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