Mighty Grocery Shopping List: Barcode Scan

NOTE: Barcode scan feature requires Barcode Scanner application (free and open source) to be installed on your handset. If you don’t have it already, you will be advised to do so.

Add item to shopping list by scanning a Barcode

To scan a barcode, open the Sidebar by tapping the button on the top-right and then tap the Barcode button. If you use barcode scan often, long-tapping the Barcode button will bring it to Toolbar on the top.

After barcode is scanned, Mighty Grocery checks if the item has been scanned previously. If not, the app sends request to online catalog of 1.3 million products and displays the result. Either the product was found or not, you can change product details and the name you would like to see on your shopping list to your convenience.

When you tap Done for the first time after successful product search, you will be suggested to Anonymously publish changes you make to product details.

Scan multiple items for future use

If you would like to scan multiple barcodes for future use, it is advised to scan barcodes in My Picks section. Just go to Menu –> Settings –> Pick list –> My picks and add items as you would in shopping list.

Assign Barcode to existing item

To change a Barcode assigned to an item, open Edit Item Details screen and tap Barcode button to scan a new barcode you want to assign to the item. The new scanned barcode will replace the existing one.

This way you can assign barcodes to items you already have on your shopping lists.

Associate price with a barcode

Though barcode record in Mighty Grocery does not keep price information, it is possible to use price information from items in your application.

To do so, the barcode needs to be assigned to item or product as explained in “Add item to shopping list by scanning a Barcode” or “Assign Barcode to existing item” above.

Once you have the barcode assigned to an item, the app will reuse saved price information. Therefore the next time you scan this barcode in shopping list, a new item will be added with the price information from the product which barcode was assigned to.

Edit Product details for barcode

To change product name you see on Barcode Bar, tapping the Barcode Bar will open Barcode Edit screen which allows changing product details you would see on Barcode Bar.

Clean Barcode for item

To clean item from assigned barcode, open Edit Item Details screen and long-tap the Barcode bar.

Review scanned barcodes

Mighty Grocery keeps all scanned barcodes locally for your convenience. To review all barcodes scanned so far, open More –> Barcode Scans.

Publishing barcodes

You may also want to suggest better product name or add new products by publishing changes you make to product details. All changes are submitted Anonymously and becomes available to other users after review.

IMPORTANT: No changes will be published until you explicitly agree to publish changes you make to product details.

Q: Why Barcode Scan won’t find anything for me???

Well, most likely it’s because people in your area decided not to publish product details for use by others. Since barcode database is maintained voluntarily, the more people contribute the more chances you get to find what you are looking for. With the new convenient way to share product details in Mighty Grocery it might be a good time to start contributing.

122 Responses to Mighty Grocery Shopping List: Barcode Scan

  1. Diana says:

    OMG- i have been looking for an app like this forever…ok, not forever but a way long time. And even though you have to enter the price yourself, you only have to do it once and it saves it and its so easy. This has saved me so much money and hassle on my grocery trips. Every time i go to the store i end up spending over my budget. I tried a calculator but it kept getting cleared in the middle of the shopping trip. Now all i have to do is scan the barcode and BAMB! There it is. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Thanks so much!!

    • Alex says:

      Hi Diana, thanks so much for your feedback! My pleasure to hear that you find the app useful.

      Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

  2. Terrance Thornton says:

    I’m loving this app,.. But is there a way to input codes for fresh produce, such as Fruits & Vegetables that do not have barcodes,.. but 4 digit numbers, ect?…

    • Alex says:

      Hi Terrance, thanks so much for your feedback.

      Unfortunately, currently there is no way to input 4-digit numbers for products. We may consider adding this feature in the future.

      Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I am an avid couponer and this app is so helpful when planning my shopping trips and figuring my coupon savings. Any idea if there are plans for an app to scan and save coupon info in a digital data base (kinda like a digital coupon binder)? This would make the lives of couponers everywhere amazing!!!!

    • Alex says:

      Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for your feedback and your question.

      Yes, we are considering a few improvements to the coupons feature and hopefully scanning coupons will be a part of the improvements.

      Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  4. Vicki Ryals says:

    I’m doing my part to improve the bar scan data base, but REALLY wish it would go to web based for better results. Maybe it could be for users with the paid version. However, thanks for creating such a great app. I’ve had it a long time. Recently looked around, but yours it’s still the best.

    • Alex says:

      Hi Vicki, thanks so much for your feedback. We are planning to allow editing Barcodes in the Advanced Web UI in the future. Thanks for supporting this feature!

  5. jean says:

    I am new to apps & new technology ? How can I add a shopping area not listed? How do you add a section/aisle ( pets)?

  6. Ron says:

    Does this program use a private database to search for items when doing a bar code scan. Because I scan in an item and the program does not find it. Using the barcode program I can find the product.

    • Alex says:

      Hi Ron, thanks for your question. Yes, the app uses a private database build from a few sources. The barcode scan program uses web search which we may support in the future.

      Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  7. Cheri says:

    I had added a whole bunch of barcode items via the Menu tabs, More, then barcode scans but they didn’t show on my shopping list. Thankfully, I came to the user guide and looked it up here before I went any further (45 items is a lot — now I have to redo them.) However, if you use the Sidebar to add the barcode, it does show in the shopping list. Thanks so much!! It is worth it to figure out all of the features of this product because it is great. I never have to worry about forgetting my grocery list again because it is always with me.

  8. samy says:

    Does not recognize products which barcode-scanner (as stand alone app) knows…. thats bad……

    • Alex says:

      Hi Samy, thank you for you feedback. Hopefully, our barcode database will improve eventually. In the meantime it is possible to set product names manually and reuse them going forward. Thanks!

  9. Benn says:

    Is it possible to download a barcode database for specific stores, eg Asda. so the scanning is faster?
    I notice if I scan then wait and find out it doesn’t exist, then add it. it finds it much faster than when it finds it via a search, therefore I assume manually added items are stored in the local memory the rest are accessed remotely.
    So can we access and download all or sections of the database it accesses?

    • Alex says:

      Hi Benn, thank you for your question.

      You are correct, the app stores the barcodes you scan under More –> Barcode scans. Unfortunately, the only way to add barcodes in the app is to scan them at least once.

      Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  10. Dale Douglass says:

    What good is the Bacode scanning section if it doesn’t add any of those items to any list of items? I might like this app if I could figure out just how I have to use it to build my shopping lists, but if I use the barcode scanner tab and scan in a bunch of items, they never show up in any of the lists to be able to add them to a particular store list. We have several different grocery stores we shop at, but I have no way to use those scanned items. The only things that show for search are the generic names and nothing scanned.

    • Alex says:

      Hi Dale, thank you for your feedback.

      Have you tried scanning product barcodes directly in a shopping list as explained in “Add item to shopping list by scanning a Barcode” section above on this page? I will be glad to help if you need any further assistance.

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