How to print from an iPhone and iPad

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How to 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, which is compatible with nearly all printers. There’s a version available for Android and Chrome, which 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 — i.e., Epson iPrint, 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.

How to print with Google Cloud Print

You can do nearly anything with Google, and printing is no exception. This is only for printing from web pages, however. You can use Google Cloud to print from your email, but you have to pull the email up in Chrome to do that, which is harder than simply using the email app. Once you set up the email app, it works efficiently. We hope to one day reach the same level of simplicity as printing from the Chrome OS.

Step 1: Get a Google account

If you have somehow made it this far without creating a Google account, make one now by going to Google and clicking Sign Up. Then, follow the steps to create a profile.

Step 2: Download the PrintCentral Pro app for your iPad or iPhone

Cloud Print only works on versions of Chrome prior to version 50. Fortunately, Google has provided a list of other apps compatible with Cloud Print, and of those for iOS, there’s only PrintCentral Pro. Thankfully, the app is available for free from the App Store. Once downloaded, launch it.

Step 3: Choose something you want to print

Bring up the menu in the top left of the PrintCentral app — it’s represented by three horizontal lines — and choose what you want to print, be it a webpage, file, email, or image. If it’s an email, you’ll need to add your email account. Files, on the other hand, must be added to iCloud, while images require you to allow Google access to your photos. When you’ve found what you want to print, hit the printer icon in the top-right corner.

Step 4: Add printers

You’ll be taken to a page called Printer (WiFi). Press the addition sign in the top-right corner to add a printer, and at the bottom should be Google Cloud Printing. Select that, type in your gmail address, and tap the blue Save button.

Step 6: Print

If everything works correctly, you’ll be taken to a print page, with Google Cloud Printing chosen and whatever you’re trying to print shown at the top of the screen. Here, you’ll also see an option to Save to Google Drive and one to change your printer settings, if desired. At the bottom of the page will be options to Print Later, Preview, and Print. Press Print if everything is to your liking.

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