Technology is always marching forward: dot matrix printers have given way to laser jet and desk jet printers, and now wireless printers reign supreme for at-home printing needs. You may already have your computer wirelessly connected to a printer, but did you know that you can add a printer to your iPhone and print documents and photos directly from your handheld device? The convenience of being able to print from your phone is undeniable, but the initial setup may not be totally intuitive. Read on to learn how to add a printer and print from your iPhone.
If you’d like to print an article, document, or photo from your iPhone, you won’t have to download any drivers or locate any cables or cords. So while you won’t have to physically connect a printer to your iPhone, you will have to make sure that your current printer supports AirPrint, an Apple technology that allows you to connect your iPhone to your printer. Explore a list of printer models that support AirPrint.
Once you’ve confirmed that your printer is AirPrint-enabled and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone, you’ll be able to print. To print a document, website, article, or picture, follow these steps:
If you’d like to check on the status of your print job, or cancel it, the process is fairly straightforward. You’ll need to open the App Switcher—if you have a phone that has the home button, you’ll need to double-tap it and if you have a phone that lacks a home button, you’ll need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Once you’re able to see all the apps that are currently open on your phone, locate the Print Center and select it. There should be a badge on the document that indicates how many documents are in the queue. Should you need to cancel a job, simply select it in Print Center and tap Cancel Printing.
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