QR code scanning with the Galaxy Fold Z4

So, it's been a while I know, sorry... but I found out something I didn't see much about online on help forums for WhatsApp or Signal.

TL;DR - Cannot scan QR code with Samsung Fold for WhatsApp or Signal windows app connection?

Unfold the phone and scan the code it'll connect up. Scan it when phones closed, it won't. True for both for connecting WhatsApp and Signal Windows 11 applications to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. 

My Galaxy watch gave up the ghost after coming back from a hot holiday this summer (Cyprus, thanks for asking... was amazing) It was stuck in a never ending boot loop and even on flat battery, when it came back to life, it looped. 

When I got home, I sent it off to Samsung for repair and they mailed me back saying;

Now, from memory this is pretty close to the cost of the watch so I picked myself up off the floor and politely declined and said send it back, which they did. 

When it arrived back, it turned on and worked. RESULT! 

But I figured there's a possibility that it will go bad again anyway, so I decided to look at what was new and sure enough, Samsung were about to drop their new Galaxy Watch 5 and their new Fold Phone. 

I've always kinda wanted a Folding phone so thought hell, lets just upgrade the lot. So I traded in my beloved Samsung S20+ BTS edition, with its purple heart (even though I literally paid £200 ish for the screen and back cover to be replaced about 4 months ago) #DOH and my now working watch. 

The phone swap was simple, it all came packed nicely and arrived a day before official release and Samsung's Smart Switch did the work so download that if you have a new Samsung and an old one going out. It doesn't do ALL the apps but it does enough. 

Signing in to WhatsApp and Signal was all the normal process but this is where I get to the point. No matter what lighting, what display monitor or what angle I tried to connect up the phone to the PC app via the presented QR code, it just wouldn't recognise it. 

I could use the camera of the phone in normal camera mode and it would scan but it would know that it needs an app to do anything with the result. I couldn't find anything on line for how to fix this on WhatsApps site or Signals and pretty much gave up as a bad job. Then I saw someone's post online about the camera quality on Samsung's and comment about the larger screen doing something differently...  

So with nothing to lose I booted the Windows apps up again and unfolded the screen.. 

BOOM, connected straight away. 

So, if you want to sync the Windows applications with your mobile chats, just unfold! 👍


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