Printing is completely gone in this all-digital world, but there are still some things you simply can’t digitize: shipping labels, flyers for bulletin boards, a print out E-mail Stick prank memes for your boss, and in your coworkers’ cubicles. And in this age of doing almost everything on your phone, it’s nice to have the option to print from it instead of needing to jump to a computer.
Apple has succeeded in getting many printer manufacturers to adopt its AirPrint wireless printing feature, one of the easiest ways of printing from a smartphone. Apple has a really easy way to create a PDF document instead of a traditional print copy – if you know how to get it. In this article, we’ll 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 find options for: number of copies, range, paper size, orientation, scaling, and other basic functions.
To start, you’ll need access to a wireless or networked printer that supports Apple’s AirPrint driverless printing system. If you don’t have a printer yet, see How to choose the right printer. If you’ve purchased a wireless printer in the past five years (or up to 10 years in HP’s case), chances are it already supports AirPrint. Some printer manufacturers may also include an app that can print files from your device or through their cloud service, but these aren’t usually as easy to use or as good as AirPrint.
Next, make sure that your iPhone and printer are connected to the same wireless network. If your printer has an Ethernet port, you can optionally connect it directly to your wireless router with an Ethernet cable and still have the ability to AirPrint from your iPhone. In an enterprise environment, you may need to have your IT department open the feature to allow printing from your iPhone.
OK – now it’s time to print something:
- Open what you want to print: an email or email attachment, a website in Safari, a file in the Files app, a photo, etc.
- tap share button to open the share sheet, then scroll down and tap impression switch. The print button may be elsewhere in some apps. For example, to print an email message in the Mail app, you need to tap on answer button, then search impression Below the answer option list.
- Feather print option On the screen that appears, select a printer if there isn’t already a default option.
- You can now choose the range of pages you want to print, the amount of copies, enable double-sided printing, and many other printing options.
- tap impressionAnd it goes!
You can check the print queue/order status by pushing 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 the print is not completed yet.
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 it’s easily seen as a PDF alternative in macOS for years. There is no button in iOS to print to PDF; instead, you zoom In the docs for getting the option, here’s how:
- Using the above instructions, get here print option Screen for the file or page you want to convert to PDF (see instructions above).
- Pinch in the preview of the printable document as if you wanted to zoom in on it. It will blow up at you like entering a new video game phase.
- You now have the document open as a PDF. You can scroll between pages on this screen, zoom in, and search for text to confirm that the document you want is correct.
- tap on share button on the bottom left.
- to select save to files Choose another app to specify where you want to save the document or send it directly to someone, such as Mail, Messages, or AirDrop.