Print Directly From Your iPhone or Android Smartphone

Have you ever ever needed to print something quickly, but you didn’t have a laptop or desktop nearby? Well, just as smartphones have revolutionized many other areas of our lives through their wireless capabilities, printing is the same. Now, whether your laptop is dead, you left a presentation at home, or you’re on the go and need a copy of something fast, the only things you need are your smartphone and a printer with Wi-Fi access. Once you start to print directly from your smartphone, you will probably prefer this quick and easy way over the traditional method. Below are instructions on how to easily print from both Androids and iPhones.

Print From Your iPhone

Many printers come equipped with AirPrint technology which makes it easy to print from your phone without having to install any additional apps, software, or drivers. With this technology, you can print not only documents but full-quality photos as well. You will also have access to extra features which include easy discovery, automatic media selection, and enterprise-class finishing options. Here is Apple’s list of products that come equipped with AirPrint.

To Use AirPrint:

  1. Make sure your iPhone and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and that you are in range.
  2. Open the item you want to print.
  3. Click the Share icon, which will look like or   . Instead of the Share button, you may have an Actions button instead.
  4. Select the Print button  or Print.
  5. Click on “No Printer Selected” and change it to the name of the printer you wish to use.
  6. Select the number of copies you want.
  7. Finally, once these selections are made you can tap on the Print button in the upper right-hand corner.

Print From Your Android

Printing from your Android is easy. With an Android smartphone, you can print directly from the Google Chrome app as well as the Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs apps.

Get Started:

  1. Make sure your printer and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Chrome app , or other applicable Google Workspace apps.
  3. Open the item you want to print (page, file, photo, etc.)
  4. At the top right, tap More   Share.
  5. Then click Print .
  6. From there, you must select the name of the printer you wish to use, and to change any settings you can select the drop-down arrow.
  7. Finally, you can click Print.

Others Options For Printing From Your Phone

Certain brands of printers may require you to download an additional app before you get started. For example, when printing from an Android, you may need to install an app from the Google Play Store for HP printers, Brother printers, and Canon printers. Likewise, if your printer doesn’t have AirPrint technology, you will need to download an app from the Apple App Store to be able to print from your phone. This is true for brands such as HP, Canon, and Epson.

So, before you get started with a printing job it is important to know what kind of printer you have and make sure you have the appropriate apps on your phone if needed. Looking up your printer make and model with the phrase “Print from my phone to ABC printer model XYZ printer” may also provide you with the required steps.

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