How to Print From iPhone With + Without Airprint [Easy]

Looking to print documents and images but don’t have a laptop to connect to your printer? Turns out, you can print whatever you want directly from your iPhone. But how do you print from your iPhone?

The easiest method uses a wireless method that requires an Airprint setup on iPhone. If you can’t or don’t want to use a wireless connection, there are other options.

Today, we’ll show you how to connect an iPhone to a printer in different ways.

What is AirPrint?

AirPrint is a wireless method that uses Wi-Fi to connect devices, letting you print easily. To use AirPrint on an iPhone, all you need to do is make sure your device and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

After you’re connected, you can print directly from an iPhone. Apple has collaborated with companies like HP to make this technology possible.

How to Set up AirPrint

Let’s dive into setting up AirPrint with the steps below.

Step 1: Go to the “Settings” app on your iOS device and tap on “AirPrint”. You can also access this menu by clicking on “General,” followed by tapping on the AirPrint button.

Choose an option to select what you would like to be displayed under the menu. You can choose to display all available printers or just the ones your device can print to.

Step 2: Tap on “Done” and then tap on the “Print & Scan” tab. Select a printer from the list and toggle it on if it is disabled previously.

Now, you’re ready to go!

How to Print From iPhone with AirPrint

Step 1: Make sure that the AirPrint feature is turned on and check whether your printer is available for AirPrint.

Apple image AirPrint screenshot

Step 2: Unlock your iPhone and go to the “Settings” app. Scroll down and tap on “Printers & Scanners.” After that, tap on the printer you want to use.

Step 3: Toggle on the “Printer-enabled” option, which will connect your iPhone with an AirPrint-supported printer automatically. This option will also prepare your printer for inputting data via an iOS device.

Step 4: Now, you can print from iPhone with an AirPrint-enabled printer. Open any app on your device that has contents you’d like to print.

How to Print from iPhone Without AirPrint

Step 1: Make sure the printer is on. It has to be compatible with iOS devices.

Step 2: Connect your iOS device directly to your printer via a USB cable.

Step 3: Unlock your iPhone and tap on the “Settings” app.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap on “Printer Options,” then hit “Printer” You’ll see a list of available printers. Select “Add printer to iPhone” when you see your printer.

iPhone screenshot "looking for printers"

Step 5: Go back and tapthe Printer Options iPhone button again to access its settings. Here you can manage copies or change the print job to be portrait vs landscape, etc.

iPhone screenshot with Print Options

Step 6: Come back to the “Printer” section and tap on your printer’s name to access its settings. In that menu, toggle on the option “Rendering Print Jobs”. This will mark a checkbox saying “Print directly without AirPrint,” which means you can print from iPhone without using AirPrint.

Step 7: Go to where you have contents you’d like to print. Confirm your intention and your printer should start printing!

iPhone screenshot with apps that could connect to the printer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I Print Directly From My iPhone?

Yes, you can. This is the easiest way to print from your device because you don’t have to install any apps to print — the function is already part of your iPhone.

How Do You Print From an iPhone Step-by-Step?

Let’s say you want to print a picture. First, open the “Photos” app on your device. Select the image and tap on the share icon (box with arrow) in the bottom right of your screen.

Here, select the printer which you want to print from and then tap on the “Color Printer” icon on the next page.

Finally, tap on the “Print” icon and your picture will start printing.

Why Won’t My iPhone Find My Printer?

Sometimes, this issue can be fixed by resetting your printer. If the problem still persists after resetting it, try unplugging your device and then plugging it back in.

To fix this, select your printer in the printers settings menu under “Printers & Scanners” and toggle on the option which says “Rendering Print Jobs.”

Your device should be able to find it. If this still doesn’t work, you should try resetting your wireless printer by unplugging it for a few seconds and then plugging it back in.

How Do You Know If You Have an AirPrint Printer?

The best way to check if you have an AirPrint printer is to open an app on your device with a print function.

For example, open the “Photos” app and tap on “Share” in the bottom right corner. This will show a list of available printers. If you don’t see your wireless printer in that list, then it may not be compatible with AirPrint.

Is AirPrint On Older iPhone Models?

Your device must be running iOS 4.2 or later versions to use AirPrint. You also need a compatible printer.

Can I Print From an Android Phone?

You can print data from your Android device if it is compatible with the printer and has the right apps installed on it. You may look into using an app from the printer’s company such as HP ePrint or Epson iPrint.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know how to print from iPhone, you’ll find some extra time in your day to focus on pressing work tasks. If you’re a small business owner, student, or professional and want to print something directly from your iPhone, the AirPrint iPhone feature is the best way to do that. If this doesn’t work, you can always connect your iPhone to your printer with a USB, or via compatible apps.

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