Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner – Review

Weight Watchers Barcode ScannerHave you heard the awesome news?!?  Weight Watchers finally took my husband’s idea and has a barcode scanner.  Well, it wasn’t actually HIS idea but I promise you about a year ago he said they needed something like this.  When they rolled out the New Points Plus 2012, this was one of the many things Weight Watchers has done for us to be more successful!  My husband is so ahead of the times with his ideas!

All you have to do is be an e-tools subscriber or an online member and it links with your e-tools so they can “talk!”  Here’s how it works:

  • Download the app from the app store.
  • Put in your e-tools subscriber information.
  • Load the app and automatically the barcode scanner pops up.  You can either scan the barcode off the product you are looking at or you can enter the barcode manually.  There is even a light button in case you are somewhere dark.
  • It will vibrate to let you know the scan took and then it will either give you a “Cha-ching” to let you know the product is in their database or it will tell you the product was not found and ask if you want to go to the calculator or continue scanning.
  • If the product is found successfully, it will pop up in the bottom of your screen.
  • Click on the product and it gives you all the information you need including serving size and how many points plus it is.
  • Then, just click add to tracker and keep on scanning.
  • When you finish, load the regular Weight Watchers app and all the items you scanned will be in your tracker already.

See, I told you it was super cool!  Now, those are just the basics.  There are even MORE cool things this app does.  Here are the other cool things it does for you:

It saves your recent scans in a “History” so you can easily look back and add foods or find their Points Plus value.

Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner History

There are “Favorites” that you can save so they are easy to find.  

Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner Favorites

Within your lists, there is a sort button in the upper left hand corner that allows you to view by “Most Recent”, “A-Z” or “Points Plus Value”.

There is a “Tracked” List

Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner Tracking

This list shows you the foods that you scanned AND tracked (in case you were just going nuts at the grocery store scanning things but not tracking them!).

There is also a “Shopping” list

Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner Shopping List

With this list,  you can save past scanned items to a shopping list for when you are at the grocery.  You can also sort these items by recent, a-z, or points plus value!

Now, after you have scanned an item, you can see the serving size, Points Plus per serving and all the nutritional facts.  Let’s say you had two servings of something.  You can click the arrow in the upper right hand corner and change the serving size and it will re-calculate the points plus for you and then you can add the correct serving size to your tracker.

Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner Menu

That arrow in the right hand corner of your screen after you scan something is also where you add it to your favorites, your shopping list, or compare it with another item you have scanned.  All the compare button does is put two items on the screen at the same time so you can compare the nutritionals in both.

Weight Watchers Barcode Scanner Comparisons

App makes it easy to compare items!

Of course, with every new thing comes some issues that need to be worked out.  The biggest flaw I can find with this app is the lack of items in their database.  They really don’t have any store brand anything in the database (not that I can find).  They should really work on putting major brands like grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, Trader Joes, and Costco into the database.

Another flaw I found is that the app crashes occasionally.  Hey…don’t they all when they are new?!?

The app is free to use for all e-tools subscribers but unfortunately, you do have to have an e-tools login to use the app so I would count that as a negative also.  But, I could turn it around and say just go join Weight Watchers and then you can use it and become healthier in the process!

Overall, I LOVE this app!  It is making tracking so much easier and it’s fun to use.  I hope you will check it out, especially if you are already an e-tools subscriber or it you are a Weight Watchers lifetime member (you get e-tools free now!).  Let me know what you think of the Weight Watchers barcode scanner.

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  • http://twitter.com/futrefrmrfattie Future Former Fattie

    The first night I had this, I think I scanned anything that had a barcode on it.  Then I went to publix to get ONE THING and scanned the whole store (almost).  Absolutely brilliant!  Helps a geek and lover of all things tech OP and engaged! 

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      HAHA! That’s great. I love it so far!

  • Allyssa Streeper

    Hi, I just found you on emilybites facebook status. I’ve lost 31.2lbs since mid september on WW as well. I’d like to read your blog from the beginning. Is there an easy way to navigate through the posts in chronological order from oldest to newest?

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      WOW…31 pounds since September is amazing! You go girl! I would LOVE it if you read through my whole blog from the beginning. How flattering! The easiest way to do it would be to go to the bottom of my blog, click page 16 and read from the back clicking the back button after each blog post. Thanks for reading and being interested! Keep me posted on your journey!

  • Seo WI

    WOW!!
    Useful app indeed, just installed in my smart phone! Thanks a Tonne!!!
    Regards :
    http://www.verislim.com

  • Lori Dunagan

    I love the app especially at the grocery store!

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      Absolutely!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2PHXXSLMDF6JN47TTSIVREL5PE Steph

    Be very careful with the scanner.  I’ve used it and have found several things to be wrong.  When I looked at the nutritional data on the table on the package, it was different than the nutritional data the scanner indicated.  One of the items I’ve been using for quite a while is 2 points, but when I scanned it with the scanner it showed 3 points.  Upon researching I found that the carbs listed on the scanner was different than what is listed on the package.
     
    I think this is a great tool and hope that it is fixed as it is much quicker to scan things in the grocery isle than to try and inpt the necessary data.

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      Thanks for the tip! I will have to look for any glaring errors! I love it and hopefully they will get the kinks out sooner than later!

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  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to trying this…sucking it up and starting WW AGAIN tomorrow. 

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      Good for you for starting again. The barcode scanner is cool but you starting WW again is even cooler. Just don’t give up!

  • Anonymous

    When I first downloaded the WW barcode app to my Iphone, I was thrilled.  I scanned many things, but like some one mentioned on this blog , there were some errors on the point values.  Then I tried to track the items that were correct but it would not allow me to track.  Lastly,  when I was in the grocery store and tried to use it there it said it was authenticating and would not shut down, I finally had to delete it.

    • http://www.itsuxtobefat.com Jennifer Swafford

      I have never had trouble tracking what I scan. I haven’t really double checked the accuracy of the app. I guess I should scan some things I have calculated before and check. Hopefully they can get all the kinks worked out and add LOTS more product! The idea is a great one, it just needs to work! Thanks for your input!