How to Print From Your iPhone With AirPrint

Add a printer to your iPhone with these easy steps

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When the iPhone was primarily used for communication, games, and music and movies, features like printing didn't matter very much. But as the iPhone has become a business tool used all day every day by many companies and their employees, traditional business functions—like printing—have become more important.

Apple's solution for printing from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is a technology called AirPrint. Since the iPhone doesn't have a USB port, it can't connect to printers with cables like a desktop or laptop computer. Instead, AirPrint is a wireless technology built into every device that runs the iOS operating system that uses Wi-Fi and compatible printers to let you print from the iPhone.

Requirements for Using AirPrint

  • An iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or higher
  • An AirPrint-compatible printer (not all printers support AirPrint, so check the list linked to here before you buy)
  • A Wi-Fi network that both the iOS device and printer are connected to (since both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can't print from your iPhone at work to your printer at home, for example)
  • An app that supports AirPrint.

How to Use AirPrint

Assuming you've met the requirements above, here's how to use AirPrint:

  1. Open the app that you want to print from.
  2. Open, or create, the document (or photo, email, etc.) that you want to print.
  3. Tap the action box (the square with the arrow coming out of the top); this is often at the bottom of apps, but it may be placed in other locations, depending on the app. In the built-in iOS Mail app, tap the left-facing arrow (there is no action box in that app).
  4. In the menu that pops up from the bottom of the screen, look for Print. If you don't see it, try swiping right to left along the bottom set of icons to reveal more options. If you still don't see it, the app may not support printing)
  5. Tap Print.
  6. In the Printer Options screen, select the Printer you want to print your document.
  7. Tap the + and - buttons to set the number of copies you want to print.
  8. Depending on the printer's features, there may be other Options, such as double-sided printing. Tap Options to configure those as you want.
  9. If the document is multiple pages, you can also select the page Range by tapping on that option.
  1. When you're done making your choices, tap​ Print.

At this point, your iPhone will send the document to the printer and, pretty quickly, it will be printed and waiting for you on the printer.

Pre-Loaded iOS Apps That Support AirPrint

The following Apple-created apps that come pre-loaded on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch support AirPrint: