Printing from a mobile device

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Apr 052016

One of the most common requests from my clients is how to print from their smartphone. First I check if their printer is compatible; then configure any settings on their mobile device.

Most of the printers are from HP. But other manufacturers’ printers work as well. This HP Technology at Work (April 2016) article “Tap, tap, print” discusses mobile printing.

Wireless printing is the single most requested feature in new mobile devices.1 But while many of today’s smartphones are capable of wireless printing, the initial setup isn’t always intuitive. We’ve put together an easy guide to print from the most common smartphones. Even if you’re working out of the office and IT support is nowhere in sight, it can be surprisingly simple and fast to start printing from your smartphone. Here’s how.

Note: These instructions are specifically for enabling wireless printing on your smartphone. Wireless printing may also need to be enabled on the printer itself, depending on the model. See the printer’s manual for additional information.

Here’s an excerpt from the article for iPhones – printing to AirPrint compatible printers.

Apple’s AirPrint™ service is simple, but only works with select printers that directly support it. Here’s how:

If the printer is compatible, make sure your iPhone® and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and then open a document on your iOS device.

To print, open the app you want to print from. Find the print option by tapping the app’s Share icon or Settings icon. Not all apps support AirPrint. For additional information, visit the Apple support page.

When printing to other wireless-enabled printers (not AirPrint compatible)

If the printer is not AirPrint compatible, download the HP ePrint App. This app allows you to print from your phone over Wi-Fi, via the internet to an HP ePrint printer, or directly to HP Wireless Direct supported printers.

For additional information, visit HP Customer Support.