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