Print using other software
If both AirPrint and email printing are not viable options, you can always settle for software directly from your printer’s manufacturer or another third-party source. We recommend snagging FingerPrint ($20) if you don’t mind spending a little cash; it is compatible with nearly all printers old and new. Although it is not an iPhone app per say – you essentially install the software on your computer – it allows you to print from devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer and printer.
Alternatively, you can use your printer manufacturer’s free proprietary app such as Epson iPrint, HP ePrint, or Samsung Mobile Print. However, we cannot guarantee that the printing apps will work for all printer models, nor do all manufacturers have an accompanying app even available for their products.
Step 1: Download and install the application
Whichever application you decide upon, head to the App Store or website, download and install it. FingerPrint is also available as free trial so you can make sure your printer is compatible before you purchase the full application for your computer. Be forewarned though; it will place a watermark on your documents unless you opt for the premium version of the software.
Step 2: Launch the application
Next, launch the application either on your computer or your iPhone depending on where it was installed.
As previously mentioned, FingerPrint is not an iPhone app, so you will have to open the program on your Windows machine or Mac by accessing the application from the Windows taskbar or applications folder. Once opened, you will see a list of all printers connected to your network. Simply check the ones you wish to use with your iPhone from the list and close the application.
Step 3: Connect to Wi-Fi
In order to use FingerPrint, both your printer and iPhone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, whether you’re using a wireless printer or a one physically connected to a computer that uses Wi-Fi. Check your printer’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for a more detailed instructions about how to connect to Wi-Fi.
Step 4: Select the printer
Check the connection between your iPhone and the printer by opening an app such as Mail, Safari, or Evernote. Most apps will feature a familiar arrow that resembles a forward or reply email icon. Tap the icon, select “Print,” and your printer should appear as the selected device by default. If it’s not, tap “Select Printer” at the top and allow your iPhone to scan any printers you checked in Step 2. Also, your computer must be awake in order to access the printer.
Step 5: Choose the number of copies
Select the number of copies you want to print by tapping the addition and subtraction arrows to the right of “Copy.” Obviously at least one copy is mandatory, but you can print up to a total of 99 pages at once if you’re feeling trigger happy.
Step 6: Print
Once you’ve selected the printer and the number of pages you want, hit the “Print” button in the middle of the page. You can cancel your print job or check its status by double-tapping the Home button and choosing the printer summary from the multitasking bar (the icon looks like a printer and should appear as the first app on your left).