Interested in having your best photos print with your iPhone? Or you wish to print your hand made notes or a iPhone wall paper to your office table- it is quite easy. iPhones have an in built feature known as AirPrint which enables you to print directly from your iPhone or other iOS device to a compatible wireless printer.
In the printer market there are wide range of home printers that are AirPrint-compatible. AirPrint is built into iOS, so you don’t need any extra software or apps in order to print, though some printer manufacturers also have free iOS apps that you can use to select advanced printer settings from your iPhone or iPad.
- First make sure your printer is on and connected to Wi-Fi.
- Now choose whatever you want to print in Mail, Safari, Notes, Photos or any of the other apps that have the arrow sharing icon bottom left.
- Then hit that arrow and select Print.
- You’ll find yourself in a page entitled Printer Options.
- The first time you print you’ll need to hit select printer.
- Then your phone or iPad will scan for a local AirPrint printer.
- Select the one you want to use, choose the number of copies and hit Print.
How to print from iPad or iPhone using third-party apps?
There are lots of third-party apps that let you connect a non-AirPrint printer to your iPhone or iPad.
Print n Share app ($10.99)
This will enable you to use any printer attached to your PC.
You can even print remotely via 3G/4G, so your document is ready and waiting for you to pick up on your printer when you get home.
Print directly to the widest range of network or WiFi printers, without a computer
Printing from some apps isn’t as straightforward with Print n Share as it is with AirPrint: from Pages, for example, you first need to use Open With to send the file you want to print to Print n Share. Once it’s set up, though, Print n Share offers other useful features, including the ability to zip and unzip files and support for cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
You can also install a free helper utility called WePrint on a PC, which then enables your iOS device to relay to any printer that’s connected to the computer via USB or Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi.
You see these apps work in similar way. They have a browser that allows you to see the files on your iPhone or iPad. You install some client software on your PC in order to physically connect up the printer to the iPhone so that they can see each other. From then on you can print via wireless.
Finally, a more simple way of connecting printer to iPhone or iPad is offered via dedicated apps from printer makers such as HP ePrint, Xerox Print Portal, and Epson iPrint. These work much more like AirPrint and you can relax while they take out your finest print of your best photo.