Sometimes you may need to print something from your iOS device. In this how-to article I will discuss how to wirelessly print from your iOS device.
First of all you need an AirPrint compatible printer. Apple does not make printers. Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Samsung, and Zink offer a variety of AirPrint printers differing on printer speed, printer resolution, type of cartridge and functionality. For a complete list of AirPrint compatible printers, visit Apple’s support page. You also need to make sure that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer.
Once you have the printer set up you are now able to print from your iOS device. For most apps, the printing process is the same in any app. The first method involves using the Share button. In this example we are going to use Safari. Down at the bottom in the center, tap on the Share button in blue with the square and arrow sticking up.
Pressing on the Share button presents the different options that are available to share that item. Options include sending the item as a text message, emailing it, posting it to Twitter, posting it on Facebook, Add a Bookmark, Add to Reading List, Add to Home Screen, Copy and Print. When you press Print, it has you select your printer. Usually the first time printing, it might take a few moments for the printer and iOS device to connect. Then select your printer. You then have the ability to decide if you need more than one copy printed of the item, and depending on the printer you can choose to print double-sided. When you are ready to print press Print in blue.
Across iOS 8, the Share button is in many apps, but the color of it and location of it may be different. This method works in Maps, Notes, Photos and iWork. A lot of third party apps have this functionality built into the app.
Printing emails works differently as there is no Share button. First open up the email you want to print. Then tap on the blue arrow, second to the left down at the bottom. Then you would tap on print.
If for some reason the app you are in does not have a way for you to print it, you can take a screenshot of what is on the display by pressing the home and lock button at the same exact time. The screenshot would be saved in the Photos app and from there you can print it.
This is how you print wirelessly from your iOS device.
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