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How to Print From Your iPhone or iPad: A Simple Guide

Andy Betts Updated 22-09-2018

Though many live mostly paperless lives, there are still occasions when you need to print something out. Fortunately, wirelessly printing photos and documents straight from your iPhone or iPad is as easy as sending a text message.


Apple’s printing technology AirPrint, plus a few handy third-party apps and cloud services, make it quick and simple to achieve. Here’s how to print from your iPhone or iPad to just about any printer.

iPhone Printing With AirPrint

There are lots of ways to connect a printer to an iPhone. The simplest is with Apple’s own AirPrint service. There’s no AirPrint app to download—it’s all built-in and ready to go.

Just check Apple’s list of AirPrint compatible printers. If yours is there, all you need to do is make sure it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. You won’t need to add the printer, as it should show up automatically on your device.

You can print from many first and third-party apps; just find the Print option located under the Share button.

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The process is similar for most apps. If you want to print a document, for instance, you’d open the document, hit Share, then find the Print icon—you might need to swipe left on an iPhone—then tap it.

This opens the printer options on your iPhone or iPad. Here, you need to choose your printer (assuming you have more than one on your network). You can also set the number of copies you want to make, or which pages you want to print. When you’re happy, tap Print.

airprint printer options

Some iOS apps don’t include a printing feature, so you will need to export the selected content to another app that does support it. You can do this using the Open In feature, also found under the Share button. We’ve shown how to print an email from anywhere How to Print an Email From Anywhere There will be times when you need a physical printout of an important email. Here's how to print an email from anywhere. Read More , if that’s what you’re looking for.


Print Pictures From an iPhone or iPad

You can print pictures directly from the iOS Photos app. To print a single image, follow the same instructions as above.

You can also print a whole batch of images in one go. To do this, open your Collections and tap Select in the top-right corner. Now select all the photos you want to print—you’ll see check marks alongside the ones you’ve added. (Tap them again to deselect them.)

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Finally, tap the Share button in the top-left corner, select the Print icon, and proceed from there.


iPhone Printing With Your Printer’s Own App

But what if you need to set up a wireless printer for your iPad or iPhone and it doesn’t support AirPrint? The next best option is to see if your printer has its own dedicated app.

Most printer manufacturers (including Epson, HP, and Canon) offer apps designed to work with their own hardware on the same network. They might offer more features—especially support for proprietary options—that you won’t get elsewhere, like changing the print size to print full pages.

epson iprint settings

Epson iPrint, for example, can print multiple photos from your photo library, documents from your Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive accounts, and documents shared to it via the Open In feature.


It also has a built-in web browser for downloading and printing web pages.

HP’s ePrint Enterprise app works in the same way for networked HP printers in a business setting. It supports cloud services like Dropbox, plus Facebook Photos.

If you’re not near your networked printer, ePrint also allows for sending documents to one of 30,000 public print locations such as a UPS Store or FedEx Office.

You can set up and activate printing locations from within the app, and select your documents or photos to be sent to the printer location.

Having trouble connecting the printer to your Mac? Check out our guide on how to set up and use printers on a Mac How to Easily Set Up and Use Printers on a Mac Need to use a printer on your Mac and not sure where to start? Have a look at our guide to setting up and using printers on Mac. Read More .

iPhone Printing With Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print is an excellent AirPrint-style service that goes a couple of steps further. Not only can you connect to printers on the same network, but you can also print over the internet How to Print Remotely to Your Home Printer What if you could print documents on your home printer from anywhere as long as you had an active internet connection? Read More . You can even print wirelessly to older, non-wireless printers.

Sadly, the service only has limited support on iOS. There’s no Cloud Print app; instead the feature is built into Google’s existing apps. So if you’ve invested in Google’s ecosystem—you use Google Photos Should You Be Using Google Photos on Your iPhone? Free storage space, Google Lens, and a suite of helpful tools might just make you switch over to Google Photos for your iPhone media management. Read More , Chrome, Gmail, and others—then you can use it. If you haven’t, you won’t get much use out of this.

set up google cloud print

Many modern printers are cloud-ready, which means there’s no setup process required. Classic non-Google Cloud printers that connect to the internet through a laptop, Mac, or PC can be set up and registered with Google Cloud Print via the Chrome web browser. See Google’s list of Cloud Print devices for instructions and specifications.

You need to sign in to your chosen Google app to use Cloud Print. The print option appears in different places depending on the app. For example, you’ll find it in Chrome under the Share button. In Google Drive you can open a document and select Print Preview > Print from the menu.

iPhone Printing With Third-Party Printing Apps

If the above options aren’t working for you, some third-party apps should be able to help.


open in printdirect

PrintDirect is free to download and test, but you need to unlock the full functionality through an in-app purchase. It works as a kind of companion to AirPrint in that it detects printers connected to the same Wi-Fi network. However, it should also work with printers that are non AirPrint-compatible.

To print with PrintDirect, open a document, web page, or other file, and go to Share > Open In > Copy to PrintDirect. This sends the file to the app, where you can adjust the print settings first.

PrintDirect works with most apps, and also supports AirPrint and Google Cloud Print printers. You can also print to PDF.

Download: PrintDirect (Free trial, $5)

Printer Pro

printer pro print settings

Working along similar lines, Printer Pro is a powerful and full-featured printing app for iPad or iPhone.

To test out Printer Pro, download Printer Pro Lite to check that it adequately supports your printer. From the lite version, you can print sample documents included in the app.

Open the app to set up your printer by following the on-screen instructions. Again, you print files using the Open In option in your file editor or other app. To print from Safari, just change the URL header from http to phttp. This will quickly open the page in Printer Pro, where you can print it.

Download: Printer Pro Lite (Free) | Printer Pro ($7)

iPhone Printing Made Easy

Printing from mobile devices may be less common than it once was, but when you need to do so, it’s easy. With a printer that supports AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, or its own app, you can create a hard copy of your essential documents in just a few minutes.

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  1. Graeme
    October 12, 2018 at 3:11 am


    When I print to my HP Pagewide from my iPad Pro it defaults to Tray 1. The printer is set to Tray 2 as default. Is there anyway I can set up the printer of the iPad so it defaults to Tray 2?