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How to print from an iPhone and iPad

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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 Presto (formerly FingerPrint) and downloading the free iOS app; it’s compatible with nearly all printers. There’s a version available for Android and Chrome, which allow 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 — i.e. 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 for their products.

Step 1 — Download and install the application

Once you decide on an application, head to the manufacturer’s website or the apps’ corresponding page in the App Store. Then, download and install the app.

Step 2 — Launch the application

Next, launch the application either on your computer or iPhone.

Step 3 — Connect to Wi-Fi

In order to use Presto, both your printer and iPhone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, whether you’re using a wireless printer or one physically connected to a computer that uses Wi-Fi. Check your printer’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for more detailed instructions about how to connect to Wi-Fi.

Presto also has a feature known as Magic Queue that allows you to save print jobs until you’re connected to Wi-Fi again. It’s perfect for those situations where you have something to print, but aren’t near a network or printer. To enable the feature, begin by launching an app like Notes or one that has a box with an arrow pointing out of it icon. Tap said icon, select the More option, and toggle Preston on. When you have something you want to save, hit the same box icon in the top-right corner, then tap Presto. You’ll be directed to a new page where Presto’s Magic Queue has already been chosen as the default printer. Hit Print to save your print job.

Enabling Presto

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 icon, or a box with an arrow pointing up. Tap the icon, select Print, and your printer should appear as the selected device by default. If 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 top-right corner of the page. You can cancel your print job or check its status by double-tapping the Home button to bring up the App Switcher and choosing Print Center, or the print summary equivalent for the app you’re using.

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