AirPrint: How to Wirelessly Print Photos from Your iPhone

May 11, 2020

Using apple airprint

Every few years, we see minor revolutions in the realm of printing. As technology pushes us towards more user-friendly interfaces, interactions that used to require massive set up are now available at the push of a button. While the technology was available to print directly from your phone, you still had to jump through significantly more hoops to achieve this.

Apple products have been bridging the gap between accessibility and practical usage. A few years ago, you never thought you would be able to print from your phone at the push of a button. Wireless printing from your phone has never been easier, thanks to AirPrint.

What is AirPrint?

AirPrint is a feature that can be accessed through all Apple Products, including the iPhone, iPads, and iPod Touch systems. This feature allows you to print wirelessly without having to download any additional applications, installers, or drivers. AirPrint can print full-quality photos and documents directly from your device. This Apple technology makes it simple to print off of your device without having to worry about any sort of wired connections.

AirPrint Requirements

AirPrint is available to use on all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macbook. All devices must be updated with iOS 4.0.2 firmware or later. To simplify, if you've updated your firmware since 2010, then AirPrint is supported by your device. 

AirPrint is compatible with a vast list of wireless printers with brands including HP, Xerox, Brother, Canon, Dell, Lexmark, Epson, and more. This comprehensive list spans from models released in 2010 up to more popular and recent models of printers developed for 2020. For the full list of supported printers, click here.

Unfortunately, printers that were released before 2010 without wireless capabilities, or printers that are not supported by Apple are out of luck. 

How to set up apple airprint

How Do I Use AirPrint on my iPhone?

AirPrint can be easily accessed on your iPhone and other Apple devices by following these steps: 

  1. Make sure your printer and apple device is connected to the same wireless network. 
  1. Open the document or app that you want to print from 
  1. Select the Share icon on the app and then scroll down to the Print button denoted by the icon. 
  1. Click Select Printer and choose AirPrint Enabled Printer.
  1. Choose the printer options that you would like for the document and then select Print.

AirPrint on a Macbook follows a slightly different process to achieve wireless printing:

  1. Make sure your printer and your Apple device are connected to a wireless network.
  1. With the document or photo selected on your Macbook, choose File and then Print.
  1. Select the AirPrint printer within the Nearby Printers menu. (If you do not see a Nearby Printers menu, you must manually add your printer to the list).
  1. Select the print options that best apply and hit Print

How to View or Cancel an AirPrint Job on an iPhone

After you have selected your print options via AirPrint, the wireless printer will then connect and print the following documents. But what if you made a mistake and need to cancel the print job? The Print Center will display all of the incoming print jobs within the print queue, and you can view it in a few different ways. 

For those on Apple devices that are up to date on the latest iOS 13 Firmware, the Print Center can be accessed by swiping up on your menu to open the Share Sheet. Within the Share Sheet, the Print icon (Print Center) is located on the bottom. Select the Cancel Printing, and it will stop the print job.

iPhone print menu


iPhone cancel print job

For those with iOS 12 and older, the Print Center is much easier to access. You can find the print center as its own dedicated app on your home menu. Simply click on the app, and it will take you straight to the queued print jobs. 


Ease of access is really the winner here; you don't know how many times I've wanted to print a photo from my phone but dreaded the process. Usually, I would have to email the picture to myself in order to transfer it to a working computer, which then had to be printed from the desktop. AirPrint cuts out the middle hassle and prints directly from your phone to the wireless printer in seconds.

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