When you need to print from your iPhone, often you will need to email it to yourself and print it off on the computer. This can be a pain after a while so I found two ways of printing from my iPhone.
1. Expensive way – buy a iPhone compatible printer.
2. Free way – download an app for my current printer.
Print from your iPhone
For the no hassle way of printing, buy a printer that supports AirPrint, this is what is needed to print from iPhones. There are lots out there, and we can help you find one.
Now the free way. Most printer manufactures have an app that you can download to your computer and your iPhone and Android Phone. First you would install the app on the computer, it’s the middle man between your iPhone and the printer. Next you would download the app for the iPhone which then allows you to print from your iPhone. This ensures that when you want to print from your iPhone, the print job goes to your computer. The app on the computer catches the print job from your phone and then prints to the printer. Now as with all that is free there are catches.
What to look for…
- Not every printer manufacture makes apps that do this. If your printer manufacture does not you would need to buy a printer that support AirPrint.
- Both the Computer and iPhone need to be on the same WIFI network, this should not be a problem.
- Depending on the app, not every printer is listed. I used a Lexmark app, one of my printers works with this app, my older one did not.
- Some apps do not print everything. My Lexmark app printed only PDF files and JPG files. There are creative ways around this.
I do like to print the odd photo, and I do need to print PDF files I get time from time. Also there are app’s that can save emails to PDF so you can print them to the Lexmark app, if you app can’t print something that you need it to I’m sure there is a creative way around it like using my email to PDF example.
For more info on the Lexmark app click here, https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Best Printing Practices…
The best practice is to print directly to the printer, and in order to do this we would need a printer that supports AirPrint. About ten years ago we used to set up one printer on a computer, and then share it with all the other computers that were on the same network. If there was a problem with that printer, or the printer program or the computer itself, then all the computers could not print. This problem was solved by having all the computers print directly to the printers, and by eliminating the computer that “ shared “ it. It makes for hassle free printing this way in the long run. If you need one, please ask us and we would be happy to help you.
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