How to print from your iPhone and iPad with or without AirPrint

Posted Date 03/02/17

Whether you’ve just gotten your first iPhone or iPad or have had iOS devices for a long time and need a quick refresher, it’s useful to know how to print directly from your device. Read on for a couple of options to easily print directly from iPhone and iPad.

The easiest way to print from iPhone and iPad is with AirPrint, an Apple protocol that is built-in to iOS and also many printers on the market.

If you’re not sure if you have AirPrint on your existing printer keep reading and you’ll find out shortly. If you know you don’t have an AirPrint enabled printer there may still be a secondary option to print from your iPhone or iPad which we’ll cover in a moment.

If you’ve had your printer for while and you’re almost out of ink it, it actually might make sense to buy a new one. You can pick up a new name-brand printer with AirPrint for about the the same cost as ink refills. Great options from Canon and HP start at about $45 shipped on Amazon.

One last thing to keep in mind before diving in is that iPhone and iPad don’t support wired printing, just wireless.

Printing with an AirPrint printer

Whether you want to print from your iPhone or iPad, the process is almost identical. The only difference is really where you might see the share button (square with up arrow). This button may also move around depending on if you’re using portrait or landscape mode. I’m using an iPhone 7 Plus for the examples below. Let’s start by looking at printing a photo.

In the photos app I’ve found the photo I’d like to print.


Start by tapping the share button (the square with the up arrow in upper right area of the screen, if you’re holding the phone in portrait mode the share button is in the bottom left corner).

On the next screen you’ll notice a check mark on the photos that are selected. You can swipe left and right to select more or print just the first one selected. When ready, tap Next in the top right corner.


Now tap Print (if you don’t see print swipe on the bottom row of options to see more). On the following screen tap Select Printer.


If your printer is AirPrint enabled and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad your printer will automatically appear. Tap it and you’ll see the option to increase copies or toggle to Black & White.

Here’s another look at printing an article from a website in portrait mode.


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