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Step-by-Step Guide: Adding a Printer to Your iPhone

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Jul 12, 2024 • Filed to: Backup & Restore Data • Proven solutions

Despite the fact that the use of mobile devices is constantly increasing, the necessity to print documents, photos, and other materials is still relevant. From students wanting to print out their class notes to professionals who may need to print out hard copies of documents to people who just want to print out pictures for memories, being able to print from their iPhone or iPad is a great feature.

Thankfully, printing from your iOS devices has been made much simpler by Apple’s introduction of the AirPrint technology. Let’s take a look at how you can add a printer to your iPhone.

Part 1: AirPrint: Apple's Wireless Printing Solution

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AirPrint is basically Apple’s native wireless printing technology which enables users to print from their iPhone or iPad or any other iOS device directly to the printers that are AirPrint compatible without installing any additional software or drivers. It is a natural flow and use and the user feels that the printing is effortless and the use is completely trouble-free.

Before you begin printing with AirPrint, there are a few prerequisites to keep in mind:

  • Printer Compatibility: First of all, you will require an AirPrint-supported printer. Most of the contemporary printers of top brands such as HP, Canon, Epson, Brother and others natively support AirPrint. You may wonder whether your printer is AirPrint-enabled or not; refer to the website or manual of your printer to know more.
  • Network Connection: Your iOS device and the printer must also be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This is a significant requirement for AirPrint to work efficiently.

Now that you have checked and ensured your printer supports AirPrint and that all your devices are connected to the same network, you can proceed to print. It is simple and similar to different applications for the iOS operating system.

How to Print with AirPrint:

Step 1: Open the app containing the content you want to print, such as Mail, Safari, Photos, or any other app that supports printing.

Step 2: Find the Share button or options menu; this is symbolized by an upward arrow or three dots.

Step 3: Press Share or the three horizontal dots, after which choose the Print command.

Step 4: This is particularly necessary the first time one prints from a particular device where one needs to choose the printer that supports AirPrint from the list of available printers.

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Step 5: After your printer is chosen, there is a possibility to control some options – copy number, pages, etc.

Step 6: Lastly, select the “Print” option, and your document/photo will be printed over the wireless network.

It's that simple! AirPrint is a great solution to print from your iPhone or iPad to a compatible printer with just a few taps.

Part 2: Printing from iPhone or iPad to Non-AirPrint Printers

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Although AirPrint is a great thing to do for printing to compatible printers, sometimes it is a situation where you require a printer that does not support AirPrint. In such cases, you can still print from your iOS device if you have third-party apps and/or a printing solution installed.

ezeep Blue – Print from iPhone iPad to any printer [without AirPrint] is one of the most preferred choices. ezeep Blue is an iOS cloud printing application that allows a user to print via Wi-Fi or USB cable to any printer.

To print using ezeep Blue, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the ezeep Blue application on your iPhone or iPad and register or sign in to your account.

Step 2: Press the Print option located at the lower right-hand side of the app.

Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions to select your printer from the list of available printers. If your printer is not listed, you can request to add it manually.

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Step 4: If you need to print to a USB printer or enable printing from any location (even when your device is not on the same network as the printer), you'll need to install the ezeep Connector software on a Windows PC or server.

Step 5: Once your printer is connected and activated, you can print from the ezeep Blue app on your iOS device from anywhere, as long as the printer is turned on and connected to the internet.

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ezeep Blue is particularly useful in situations where you need to print to printers that aren't AirPrint-enabled, or when you need to print from a location where the printer is not directly accessible on the same network.

Part 3: Other Popular Printing Apps

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Other Third-party apps you can find on the App Store that will allow you to print from your iPhone or iPad are:

  • Printer Pro by Readdle: This app will help you to print documents, emails, photos, and webpages from your iPhone or iPad to any printer, Including AirPrint unsupported printers. It is practically shaped and has a number of options.
  • PrintCentral Pro: PrintCentral Pro will print to any Printer that is available on your WiFi Network and to Printers that are being shared by other Computers or Cloud Print Services. It can be used on different file formats and has features like preview and password.
  • Printopia: Printopia is a Mac application that will allow the user to print from iPhone or iPad to any printer attached to a Mac. It works well with other files and has functions like confidential printing and print logs.

But it should be clarified that some of the above applications may involve additional costs or the need for a subscription to use; At the same time, these applications can be useful if you need to print from an iOS device and do not mind paying for extra or having to deal with a subscription.

Part 4: Printing Photos from Your iPhone or iPad

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It is likely that the printing occasion from an iOS device is mainly photo albums. There are several ways to do it, if one prefers to print one photo, or to create an album.

  • Using the Photos App: iPhone or iPad Photos App Printing with AirPrint. It is very simple. All you have to do is open the photo that you want to print click the share button and then choose print from the menu then follow the onscreen instructions to select your printer and settings.
  • Third-Party Photo Printing Apps: The printique, freeprints, and Shutterfly are some of the iOS applications that enable you to order photo prints from your phone. Such apps often have options for various print dimensions, papers, and other photo print/product options for photo books and more.
  • Online Photo Printing Services: There are several variations on that theme – if a person wants to use an online service, he/she can upload pictures from the iPhone or the iPad to sites like Walmart Photo Snapfish, or Amazon Photos, and order prints. Many of such services offer their mobile applications or Web interfaces which are typically developed for the iOS platform; thus, the process is rather streamlined.

Either way, it is not much of a hassle anymore to print pictures directly from your iPhone or iPad and you can have your memories in the good old paper format if you so wish.

Part 5: Bonus Tip - Backing Up and Restoring iOS Data with Dr.Fone

Printing is one of the cherished features for iOS users; however, some dependable solutions for restoring the iOS device are also vital. Data loss can result in the user losing photos, messages, contacts, or other important pieces of information which can be frustrating and even devastating. That’s when Dr. Fone will be a good helper – it’s a convenient and effective solution for the protection of users’ information on iOS devices.

The utility has a range of functions for working with iOS devices and their data, from backup and recovery to transferring files from one device to another. The features of Wondershare Dr.Fone regarding backups and restores will be explained in the current section as a mostly versatile tool that is easy to use.

One of the standout features of Dr.Fone is its ability to create comprehensive backups of your iOS device's data. Unlike traditional iTunes backups, which can be limited in scope and difficult to selectively restore, Dr.Fone allows you to back up a wide range of data types, including photos, videos, messages, WhatsApp data, call history, reminders, notes, and much more. Creating a backup with Dr.Fone is a straightforward process:

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Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone on your computer and connect your iOS device.

Step 2: Navigate to the "Backup & Restore" section and select "Back Up Device to Computer."

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Step 3: Choose the types of data you want to include in the backup, or select "Select All" for a complete backup.

Step 4: Click "Back Up" to initiate the backup process.

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Dr.Fone offers both manual and automatic backup options, allowing you to create backups on-demand or schedule regular backups based on your preferences.


It is now easier and more convenient to print from your iPhone or iPad. Through AirPrint, third-party printing apps, and other solutions you can print documents, photos, and other materials from iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices to any printer.

As a practical way to enhance your existing printing services, Wondershare Dr. Fone is an excellent solution for solving data backup and restoration issues concerning your iOS device. Be it a simple interface, multiple data types supported, or the selective recovery features, Dr.Fone makes sure that your photos, documents, contacts, and other vital information are safe with you.

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