How to Print From Your iPhone for Free in 3 Easy Steps

ActivePrint Traveler for iPhone iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store   How to Print From Your iPhone for Free in 3 Easy StepsAre you one of those people who’ve asked, “Can I print from my iphone?”  There were some rather optimistic rumours that one of the features of the new iPhone OS 4.0 would include the ability to print from your iPhone. Now that we know that isn’t the case – we will just have to make do with what’s already available in the App Store. There are several free options when it comes to printing from your iPhone, but none is easier to set up and use than ActivePrint Traveler.

ActivePrint Traveler [iTunes link] does away with any concerns with what kind of router you have, what kind of network you are on, or how your printer is set up. All it takes is three easy steps. First, install the app on your iPhone. Second, register for a free account on your iPhone. Third, install a small module on your computer running Windows XP/Vista, and log in with your registered account.

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Unfortunately, the desktop application is only available for Windows, but that said, Mac users can always install it using Virtual Box. During testing, WineBottler did not work with this application.

Unlike other apps in the iTunes App Store that enable printing from your iPhone, you don’t need to be connected to the same network as the printer in order to get the job done — meaning that ActivePrint Traveler works on Edge, 3G and WiFi.

Printing from the free version of ActivePrint Traveler application does of course have its limitations. You can only print text that appears in the app’s inbuilt note pad. If you want to print text from an email, a web page, or your note app, simply copy and paste the text into ActivePrint Traveler, choose how many copies you want to print and hit Send Print Job.

The print job will automatically be queued in the ActivePrint desktop application that you have registered on your computer. With ActivePrint Traveler, you can print up to 50 copies of any given document at a time, and can choose between the Portrait and Landscape settings.

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Launching the Windows application, you will be able to retrieve your print queue, and print all the documents you have lined up.

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True to its name, ActivePrint Traveler can be used from anywhere as the desktop application can be installed on a USB flash drive, giving you the ability to print from your iPhone on the go, as long as there is a Windows machine at your disposal. Installing the program to a USB flash drive is no different to installing it to your Windows machine. When unzipping the file, navigate to the USB flash drive as the location to unzip the file, and it will automatically install.

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Upgrading to the $3.99 Pro version will give you the ability to print from your contacts, photos and web pages using the inbuilt browser. There is also a paid version of ActivePrint available for Windows Mobile, while the Blackberry and Android versions are in the works, with no word of whether or not they will be free.

What method do you use to print from your mobile device when you’re on the go? Let us know in the comments.

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What about Windows 7? Above, it says the third step includes installing a small module on your computer (“running xp/vista”).


Julie – I personally use it on XP, and their website only lists XP and Vista, but I would guess that if it works on Vista, then it should work on Windows 7. If you give it a try – be sure to let us know how it goes.

Dave O’Henry

There is a better (free of costs) way for printing from your iPhone: Cortado Workplace. No need to turn your computer on… just print directly from the phone (true “cloud printing”).