How to print a paper copy or PDF from an iPhone or iPad

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How to print a paper copy or PDF from an iPhone or iPad

Printing is as good as dead in this all-digital world, but there are still some things you can’t easily digitize: shipping labels, flyers for a bulletin board, printing a E-mail for your boss and stick prank memes in your co-workers’ cubicles. And in this age where almost everything is done on your phone, it’s good to have the ability to print from there instead of having to hop onto a computer.

Apple has managed to create one of the easiest ways to print from a smartphone by persuading many printer manufacturers to adopt the AirPrint wireless printing feature. Apple also has a really easy way to create PDF documents instead of a traditional hard copy — if you know how to get there. In this article we will show you both.

Printing with AirPrint

It’s important to note that printing via AirPrint may not support all of the printer’s features, but you’ll likely get options for: number of copies, area, paper size, orientation, scaling, and other basic features.

First, you need access to a wireless or networked printer that supports Apple’s AirPrint driverless printing system. If you don’t already have a printer, see how to choose the right one. If you’ve bought a wireless printer in the last five years (or up to 10 years in HP’s case), chances are it already supports AirPrint. Some printer manufacturers may also offer an app that can print files from your device or through their own cloud service, but these aren’t typically as easy or pleasant to use as AirPrint.

Next, make sure your iPhone and printer are connected to the same wireless network. Alternatively, if your printer has an Ethernet port, you can connect it directly to your wireless router with an Ethernet cable and still run AirPrint from your iPhone. In corporate environments, your IT department may need to open the feature to enable printing from your iPhone.

Ok – now it’s time to print something:

  • Open what you want to print: an email or an email attachment, a website in Safari, a file in the Files app, a photo, etc.
  • Tap the Split button to open the share sheet, then scroll down and tap To press Button. Some apps may have the print button in a different place. For example, to print an email message in the Mail app, you need to tap answer click, then search To press at the bottom of the list of answer options.
  • On the print options On the screen that appears, select a printer if a default option does not already exist.
  • You can now choose the range of pages you want to print, the number of copies, enable double-sided printing, and various other printing options.
  • Beat To pressand let’s go!

You can see the print queue/job status by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone with Face ID or iPad) or by double-clicking the home button (iPhone with Touch ID) to go to the App Switcher. You can also cancel the print here if it is not yet complete.

The print queue is only displayed during active printing in the App Switcher.

Tap to see a print summary while the print is still in progress, and you can also cancel it here.

Print to a PDF file

It’s amazing how a useful feature like printing to PDF is treated like an Easter egg in iOS — especially since macOS has had an easy-to-see “Save as PDF” option for years. There is no Print to PDF button in iOS; instead you zoom into the document to get the option do the following:

  • Proceed with the instructions above print options Screen for the file or page you want to convert to PDF (see instructions above).
  • Drag your fingers in the preview of the printable document as if to zoom in. It will fly towards you like stepping onto a new video game stage.
  • Now you have opened the document as PDF. You can flip between pages, zoom, and search for text on this screen to confirm that the document you want looks correct.
  • Tap the Split button at bottom left.
  • Choose Save to Files to indicate where you want to save the document, or select another app to send it directly to someone, e.g. B. Mail, Messages or AirDrop.
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