The Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner is here!

by Queen of Points on December 15, 2011

I use my Weight Watchers mobile app quite a bit — mostly when I’m shopping. I call up the PointsPlus calculator and enter in the grams of fat, carbs, fiber, and protein to see if I can work a given product into my program. I’m glad to have it, and have found some great stuff (snacks!) this way.

Figuring out points while shopping just got a whole lot easier if you have an iPhone (there doesn’t appear to be one for Android yet).

The new Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner lets you scan a barcode, get the fat/carbs/fiber/protein details, and shows you the PointsPlus value at the same time. Seriously handy.

2 screenshots from the Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner iPhone app

But wait, there’s more!

Once you’ve scanned an item, you can choose to “track this item,” which adds it to your personal tracker, making adding foods and recipes much quicker. There’s also an “light” option available when you’re scanning, for when you’re, uh, grocery shopping in the dark, I guess.

I think it’s great that Weight Watchers has released this. I know I’ll be using it a ton.

Note: you must have access to Weight Watchers eTools to use the mobile and barcode scanner apps.

Do you use the mobile app much? Think you’ll use the barcode scanner app?

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

christine January 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I have the app on my iPhone 3G and it won’t “scan” the barcode but it is still easier to use with just punching in the number rather than hunting for all the different nutritional values.

Do you have any idea which iPhone will actually scan the barcode? I’m upgrading in the summer :-)


Queen of Points January 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Not sure why it won’t work on your 3G. Supposedly it will work as long as you’re running iOS 3.2.2 or later.


Pamela January 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I can’t scan with mine (3G) either, says “scanning with camera is not supported on your device” which I find strange because I have the RedLaser app and use it when comparison shopping. So, again I am confused ;( Maybe my 3G needs an update???!!!


Queen of Points January 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Could be… can you check what version of the OS you’re running?


Pamela January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

If I wasn’t so iPhone technically challenge, I could :D I will have to have my husband check it out for me since he is the tech nerd in my house!! Will let you know what I (he) finds out!


Teresa January 25, 2012 at 4:00 am

Is the scanner on the normal free WW app?


Pamela January 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

Go to the app store on your iphone and do a search for ‘weight watchers barcode scanner’ and it will pop up :)


Queen of Points January 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

No, it’s a separate app. Here’s the link.


Teresa Gordon January 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I’m in the UK and can’t find it in the app store


m March 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

I can’t get the barcode scanner app to work. I can’t get the barcode scanner app to even load on my iphone. The little circle just keeps going around and draining the battery but the app won’t load. I have deleted it and reinstalled it but it doesn’t work. It has been ‘loading’ for over an hour and has drained 50% of my iphone battery. How do you get this thing to work?


Shirley Fitzgerald March 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm

My scanner will only work if I manually enter the bar code # also. My IPAD is only a couple months old. I am on the online WW so I don’t have a local WW or I would ask them.


Gayle Wolcott February 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I love the WW scanner. How do I get items from the Lists tab into Favorites and Shopping tabs?


Mary January 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I cannot find the barcode scanner app on my iphone5


Linda January 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Mary have u been able to find the bar code app


Linda January 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I am bit able to find the barcode app anywhere I have tfw iPhone 5 I have searched the app store and we web page please help !!


Nicole January 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

The barcode scanner always tell me “scanned item not found.” The simple common items don’t even come up.


Ronni reich April 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

How do I get the bar code app


Ronni reich April 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Get the bar
Code scab


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