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Android Update Available - Now With Barcode Scanning

We just released an update to our Android app with a new feature that many of you have been asking for: a barcode scanner!  Here's how it works:

1.  On the favorites screen, you'll see a new barcode icon (shown below).  Tap it to activate the barcode scanner.

 

2. Place the barcode you are trying to scan within the viewfinder.  

3. Once the barcode has been read, we'll search for it in our database.  If we have a match, we'll display it and you can add it to your diary.

4. If you think we have matched your barcode with the wrong item, you can let us know by scrolling down and tapping the "Not correct? Find Better Match" button (shown below).



One word of warning: we currently have only a limited set of barcode data available, but we are working on growing it as quickly as possible.  If you are not finding matches for the barcodes you scan, please continue scanning! The more you scan, the faster we can collect barcodes to then try to associate with foods in our database.

At this time, this feature is available for the Android app only.  We are planning on bringing this functionality to the iPhone app as well, but for now, barcode scanning is available only for Android users.

If you have any questions or suggestions, just let us know in the comments.

Hope you are enjoying the app and the site!

Mike & Al 

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85 comments:

iRun4wine wrote 46 months ago:
Can't wait to try it - very cool!
dad2jandm wrote 46 months ago:
awesome! Something us android users have that iphone doesn't (yet) :)

This will come in handy and I can't wait to try it out!
williamsbk wrote 46 months ago:
Will it be available on the website by manually entering the UPC?
lilRicki wrote 46 months ago:
Thanx for this! Yet another tool to help me reach my goal! You guys rock!
fun_mom wrote 46 months ago:
Love it! This site is awesome!
Mandie1120 wrote 46 months ago:
I love myfitnesspal because it makes it easy to track and loose weight. Now its even easier!!! Thank you for helping me become a better and healthier version of ME!!!!
sweetie89207 wrote 46 months ago:
its about time us android folks get SOMETHING before the Iphone does!!! success finally!!!
Nsmiller08 wrote 46 months ago:
This is going to awesome when the database grows. Thanks for staying up with the latest technology advances.
hungrymarathongirl wrote 46 months ago:
You are brilliant!!!!
myukniewicz wrote 46 months ago:
Hurray for bar code scanner!!!! THANK YOU!
sherylhs wrote 46 months ago:
OMG... you guys rock right out loud!!!

Thank you for this site and all that you do. I will spend the weekend scanning and adding correct info. It's the least I could do.


~S
AnaNotBanana wrote 46 months ago:
That's an awesome feature! Hope it comes to the iPhone app soon too!
Trairai3773 wrote 46 months ago:
Yippeee!!! I am soo happy with this :-) Thank you thank you thank you
Mary_Burris wrote 46 months ago:
AWESOMMMMME!!!!
Claudia007 wrote 46 months ago:
This is AWESOME!!! just tried it and it WORKS!!! now if only I could get an update so I can complete my food entry AND so I can add a status.... :)
chrisdavey wrote 46 months ago:
Would this be American barcodes only?
mike wrote 46 months ago:
chrisdavey - it is not American barcodes only, it will work for barcodes from other countries as well.
lesleyuk wrote 46 months ago:
Will this be available for the iphone soon??
ladyofivy wrote 46 months ago:
Oooh like-like-like-like-like!
jdsouthernbelle wrote 46 months ago:
AWESOME!! Thanks!!
theemstress wrote 46 months ago:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
limerope wrote 46 months ago:
Awesome!
ruikuli wrote 46 months ago:
i want an app in nokia ovi store.
Aeriel wrote 46 months ago:
Thanks for the continued developments.....looking forward to when the iPhone app has the same feature!
lilchino4af wrote 46 months ago:
Love it! My only complaint is that you can't select food from My Recipes on the app. Other than that, the app just keeps getting better and better - thanks!
Gayalabeille wrote 46 months ago:
Great. Please please please develop this feature for the iphone, I will zipzap all the UK barcodes I come accross in my kitchen.
Thank you so much for all your work
goron59 wrote 46 months ago:
Good progress, now for the iPhone please.
lilchino4af wrote 46 months ago:
Question, when will the Quick Tools, Recipe Calculator, and Complete Diary options be available for the Droid? Curious that those were not part of this update when they're already available on the iPhone version...
JulieTX86 wrote 46 months ago:
Wow! I can't believe the amazing work you are doing! This site is so wonderful! I tell EVERYBODY about it. Even random people I met in my Zumba class at the gym :) Thank you, thank you for all the services provided! Also, a huge thank you that the services are free!
MaggieGiamalvo wrote 46 months ago:
Thank you for updating the Android version FIRST!!! Very exciting! I just read through quickly though. If the barcode we've scanned isn't in the database, can we add it? I'll go scan everything in my kitchen right now, if we can.
Chiquita_Banana wrote 46 months ago:
yippy!!!!!!! im excited!
tinasullens wrote 46 months ago:
OMG, this is the BEST thing EVAH!!!! I had already entered my food for breakfast this morning but I had to try it out now, so I did and this ROCKS! Thank you!!!!
JJs25th wrote 46 months ago:
I get the impression with all of the continual updating for Apple and Droid that you have stopped all work on any apps for the Blackberry users. Is this true?
mlh612 wrote 46 months ago:
Great - thanks so much for adding this!!!!
manon1 wrote 46 months ago:
Woo hoo!!!! You guys are great! So glad I switched over from FitDay.
just4peachy wrote 46 months ago:
You just helped me pick my new phone!!
Utahbeth wrote 46 months ago:
Woot!
demiahbryant wrote 46 months ago:
That's a great idea. I was talking with a co-worker, and a way to make the app EVEN MORE useful is to partner with a national fitness club (bally's, cardinal, biggest loser) and incorporate barcodes on the cardio equipment, so all you have to do is scan, plug in the workout time, and voila!
lisa150 wrote 46 months ago:
I really love mfp app on my iphone. And when the bar code scanner is ready for iphone it will be even better. Thanks for making a life changing app, i have always tryed to count calories but found it impossible but i always have my phone so now i always have the tools i need.
bpayne78 wrote 46 months ago:
Is the barcode database something we (as users) help to grow or is that something that only MFP is going to control? (I would understand if you did want to control it as looking through the food DB and finding several entries of the same thing can be frustrating...LOL) I scanned several things in my cabinet and it took 4 tries before something was in the DB. I would love to help add info if I could.
bpayne78 wrote 46 months ago:
Forgot to add.....LOVE the scanner...it's a great addition to a great tool!
ktbug1186 wrote 45 months ago:
awesome!!!!!! Love you guys and this site! :)
lds193 wrote 45 months ago:
Ditto!
Teerai wrote 45 months ago:
Cool app. It reads the barcodes fine.
There needs to be a better way to correct false nutritional info.
On Campbell's Chunky classic Chicken Noodle it defaults to the Healthy Request Soup info.
upc 51000 03885
There are different nutrional values between the two
orange_avocado wrote 45 months ago:
Thank you thank you thank you! Before I joined MFP, I was using a calorie counter for Android that had the barcode scanner and loved it. I'm so glad you've added this feature! I'll be using my phone app a lot more now!
macbikegeek wrote 45 months ago:
Looking forward to the iPhone app getting this capability!

I'm not sure how you are populating the data base but you might want to crowd source it by creating a facility to upload photos of barcodes from the mobile apps and the web site. Just as with entering and confirming nutrition information now, the relatively small effort is worth while to avoid having to enter things repeatedly.
cubanchili wrote 45 months ago:
You guys should definitely consider doing this for the iPhone app as well. It would be very handy!

Thanks,

Ana
kevinparent wrote 45 months ago:
The barcode scanning for the iPhone, would be so night and more acurate. More and more apps are getting this and it would be cool that if it were to really pickup, resurants would include barcodes on their menus that you can then scan in to this or other apps.

Can't wait to see that added to the iphone.
brandig32 wrote 45 months ago:
I do not see the barcode symbol on my phone, is it on all Androids?
fatparalegal wrote 44 months ago:
The barcode scanning app is the coolest thing ever!
It takes the boredom out of keeping a food diary!

It would be REALLY awesome if there were MyFitnesPal compatible restaurants...you know, put mini barcodes on the menus and fast food wrappers.
mrscates wrote 44 months ago:
i loooooooooove this!
thomasvision wrote 44 months ago:
I love the mfp app on my galaxy tab! One suggestion with the barcode scanner. It would be nice if when the scanner does not reconize a product we the user can add it manually. But overall grest!
pniana wrote 44 months ago:
Late in saying it but I LOVE THE NEW BAR CODE SCANNER!! Love it. THANK YOU!!
cajigasjd wrote 44 months ago:
Any news on when the bar code will be available on the iphone??
warriorprincessdi wrote 43 months ago:
The bar code scanner is a FANTASTIC IDEA!! Will this feature be available on the blackberry app as well, since blackberry's also support bar code scanning?
skatanic_23 wrote 43 months ago:
Can't wait to see this on the iphone!
lisagreaves_615 wrote 43 months ago:
I really, really want to love this app but when I try to log in on my phone I get an error EVERY time. :(

"We were unable to connect to the server to log you in."
Justin741 wrote 43 months ago:
Love this app and use the barcode scanner and it is working well! Will this app see some of the social features soon?
kidtechnical wrote 42 months ago:
Can iPhone app users have a barcode scanner?
jessilee119 wrote 42 months ago:
I absolutely LOVE this feature!! Thank you for making it available to us.
SeasideOasis wrote 42 months ago:
HAD NO IDEA this existed until I just happened to scroll through the blog!!! THIS IS AWESOME!! Im a Droid head, so I will probably start scanning everything in sight....haha
carissagrayson wrote 42 months ago:
I would love this if we could get it for the iPhone :)
Tyva wrote 42 months ago:
OMG!!! You guys are awesome for this!!!
Majunta wrote 42 months ago:
Please help...I can't find the bar code scanner on my Android. I can't seem to find Favorites.
Tigerfish62 wrote 42 months ago:
I will try it. Sounds great, I wondered what the little symbol was for but did not try it. I am learning the Android.
darrell38 wrote 42 months ago:
Very impressed with this update. Most information is there when I scan. There are a few I have discovered not in the data base...and I scan a few times, trying to help you guys out. Only issue I have found has nothing to do with your app....just poor code printing or codes printed on strange locations that prevent good reading.
ppullion wrote 41 months ago:
how about making the barcode with an option to just scan food item barcodes? then if we are at the store and find items we are interested in, we can scan it for future use and update your files faster!! jsut a thought~!
howardlnugent wrote 36 months ago:
I'm about to switch to an Android phone but I love the bar graph for net calories for the week on the iphone. Will that be coming to the Android phone anytime soon?
mowgli_ wrote 34 months ago:
Does the scanner work in New Zealand? I can't seem to get it to work on anything.
boblf1 wrote 32 months ago:
THANK YOU! I love this app.
therustydart wrote 25 months ago:
I have used the scanner and I love it. Thank you so much
mykawa wrote 19 months ago:
Just found this and it's great. Thanks
ggEw4CW6L94Se9aETiI wrote 12 months ago:
Any chance that you are considering pairing with Microsoft's HealthVault so that the information could be shared with that product either automatically or at least through an export/import routine? Also are you working on making your app's compatible with windows surface products?
cyates1967 wrote 11 months ago:
I love this app! Is there any way to use the scanner if I'm not adding an entry to my diary. Can I scan an item I know I will eat at some point and save it? Thank you!!!
Anonymous wrote 11 months ago:
The barcode scanning feature will not focus and capture the scan on my HTC One Mini.
nottif wrote 10 months ago:
just downloaded it to my HTC Evo and can't find it anywhere!! I can't even find the Favourites page, either on my phone or my PC. Help anyone???
2PinkAngel wrote 9 months ago:
I have an ipad -tablet, can I get the bar code feature? How do I get it?
ChristineCherry20 wrote 9 months ago:
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Misscarolini wrote 7 months ago:
is this feature available on the iPad or iPhone yet? I have emailed e help twice to ask but they don't respond.
Cooldriver wrote 7 months ago:
I love the barcode scanner and use it all the time! I've noticed occasional discrepancies, though, in what the package displays for nutrition and what shows up in the app after scanning the product. The description of the item is correct but calories and other items are off (e.g. the last one with an issue was a Greek yogurt, pkg said 130 calories but the barcode scanner displayed 80, and potassium was off by a decimal point (22.0 vs. actual 220 mg). A bit concerning...any idea what's going on?
gene743 wrote 5 months ago:
je n'arrive pas a l'utiliser, il m'affiche ceci/une erreur s'est produite au moment de prendre la camera, veuillez vous assurer qu'elle n'est pas utilisée par une autre application
juliehanisch wrote 5 months ago:
The barcode scanner does not work for me, i have a Glaxy NOTE which runs on Android. When i scan items, then pick Save they still dont show up in my food diary. Am i doing something wrong?
fattipuffs wrote 5 months ago:
No barcode scanner on the Blackberry App? :(
GibsonGirl03 wrote 4 months ago:
Please be sure to make a BIG announcement when the barcode scanner becomes available for the iPhone. Thank you.
tradergeorge wrote 2 months ago:
I would also suggest that you make the barcode scanner available for PC users. Some of us have USB scanners that output the code as a text string. In this same vein, could you possibly allow PC users to type in the bar code number in the food search box. This would be helpful. Thank you

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