How to Print from an iPhone

Printing from your iPhone or iPad directly hasn’t always been that easy because many printers are not compatible with mobile devices. But over the years, printing has actually gotten easier for iPhone and iPad users. In this article, we will know how you can print documents, pictures and other types of files from your iOS device to a printer without having to sync it from a desktop computer.

How to print using Apple Airprint

With AirPrint-enabled apps, you can print to any compatible AirPrint-enabled printer without needing to install drivers or configure your computer’s Printer Queue. You’ll need the latest version of iOS and an iPhone 3GS or later that supports AirPrint to be able to print wirelessly, though. Keep in mind that certain printers may require firmware upgrades, like HP’s OfficeJet series which requires Version 6.6.38 before you can go wireless with it on Apple devices.

Apple’s AirPrint basic support page features a comprehensive list of all devices compatible with the AirPrint feature. The first thing you will see on it are a number of typical brands including Canon, Epson, HP, and Samsung, to name just a few. You will also notice AirPrint is fully integrated into all Apple versions whether it’s iPhone 5 or iPhone 12 Pro.

Step 1 – Connect to a WiFi

The wireless feature AirPrint is already a built-in feature on most Apple devices, so you can use it right out of the box. All you have to do is make sure your printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone or tablet. Be aware that if you’re using an older printer from a company like HP, there may be fees involved for this privilege, depending on which type of inkjet model you own and how many pages per month you print. Check your manual for more specific details about fee schedules.

Step 2 – Select the available printer

Make sure the connection between your iPhone and the printer is good by opening a supported app like Mail, Safari, or Evernote. Most apps will have an icon that looks like a forward arrow symbol. Tap it and select Print, then you’ll be able to choose which printer is active. If the correct one doesn’t appear by default just tap Select Printer at the top and allow your iPhone to scan for nearby printers.

Step 3 – Choose how many copies you want to print

Select how many copies you wish to print by tapping the + and – arrows to the right of Copy. One copy is needed at least, but you can print multiple pages up to 99 at once if you’re feeling trigger-happy! Tapping Options will reveal the number of colors and which pages should be printed in certain layouts (for example, printing all three copies on opposite sides of a single sheet of paper).

Step 4 – Print

Once you have decided on the number of pages and chosen the printer, by hitting Print in the top-right corner of the page you will be able to cancel your printing job or check its status. You can cancel a print job on your device or within your browser by going into Printer Options and tapping Cancel Printing.

How to print from an iPhone

How to Print using Email?

It turns out that numerous Epson and HP models are now equipped with Epson Email Print or HP ePrint. This nifty feature allows you to conveniently print from a great variety of different devices by simply emailing a document or photo to the printer’s assigned email address.

You can connect your iOS devices to a compatible Epson printer by sending an email from your iPhone to your printer. However, this option is only available for certain printer models such as the Epson Expression and WorkForce series, as well as most recent HP printers.

Step 1 – Activate Email Printing

Activating a printer for email use isn’t hard in general, but it will depend on which printer you already own or want to purchase. Epson Connect, for instance, is specifically designed to be used with Epson printers, whereas Canon Print Handy is compatible with all Canon MFPs. You can find lists of compatible printers and how to enable any given feature on the Vendors’ websites or in the user manuals included upon purchase.

This printer will be assigned a default email address upon activation – which, by default, is most likely going to be a series of random characters at a specified domain name – but you can change this later to something you’re actually going to remember. Although your phone doesn’t need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer in order for your iPhone to use email printing capabilities, the printer still must have Wi-Fi capabilities and connect via WiFi in order for printing from your smartphone device.

Step 2. Print the document

If you take the time to set up your email to properly print documents from your iPhone, then all you have to do is email a document or image from your iPhone to your printer and it will automatically print. Now, if you’re using a multifunction device like one of Canon’s Pixma printers, it can not only print but also fax and scan for example. Your printer won’t accept all file formats but should be able to handle files from Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs among others. Check the manual that came with your specific model for exact details regarding acceptable file formats, size, and the number of attachments you can include per email. You just need to adjust your default settings during activation.

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