How to Connect a Wireless Printer to Your Phone?

Connecting a wireless printer to your phone allows you to print documents, photos and more directly from your phone. It’s a convenient way to print without needing access to a computer.

How to Connect a Wireless Printer to Your Phone?

Materials Needed

  • A wireless printer compatible with your phone
  • Wireless router (for wireless connection)
  • Mobile device you want to print from
  • Printer software app (if required by printer)

Follow these steps to connect your wireless printer to a phone:

1. Set Up the Wireless Printer

First, set up the wireless printer to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Refer to your printer’s instruction manual for the exact steps to connect to Wi-Fi, as they vary by model. Typically, this involves:

  • Plugging in and turning on the printer. Make sure it has ink and paper loaded.
  • Accessing the printer’s control panel. Locate the menu for Wi-Fi, network or wireless setup options.
  • Selecting wireless setup. Choose the option to set up or modify the wireless connection.
  • Connecting to the Wi-Fi network. Select your network name and enter your Wi-Fi password when prompted.

Once connected, print a test page to ensure it works over the wireless connection.

Tips

  • Position the printer within range of your router for the best wireless signal.
  • Refer to your printer’s documentation for specific connection instructions.
  • If you run into issues connecting, reboot both the printer and router.

2. Add Printer to Your Mobile Device

The next step is adding the wireless printer to your linked devices on your phone. The options vary across operating systems:

For iPhone and iPad:

  • Navigate to Settings > Printers & Scanners and tap Add Printer.
  • Select your wireless printer from the list if displayed. Your iPhone will automatically detect compatible printers on your network.
  • If you printer isn’t automatically displayed, tap Add Printer or the + icon, then choose Add Printer > Add Nearby Printer. Your device will search and display available printers.
  • Select your printer and follow the setup prompts. This may require installing your printer brand’s app from the App Store.

For Android devices:

  • Download your printer manufacturer’s app from the Google Play store (if required).
  • Open the Settings app and select Connected Devices or Connections.
  • Tap Connection Preferences or Printing to manage print settings.
  • Select Add service or Add printer, then choose your wireless printer from the detected list.
  • Follow any additional prompts to finish adding the printer.

You may also need to enable relevant permissions on Android to allow printing over the network.

3. Print From Your Mobile Device

Once your phone and wireless printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you are ready to print directly from apps on your phone.

To start printing, open the item you want to print such as a:

  • Document – Open it in a compatible app like Google Docs, Microsoft Word or Excel, etc.
  • Website – Use your device’s browser to navigate to a webpage.
  • Photo – Open the image your device’s photo gallery app. Then find and select the print option.

Find the Print Option

In general, to open printing options in any app:

  • iOS devices – Tap the share icon visible within an open app, document, webpage or image gallery. Tap Print in the share sheet.
  • Android devices – Select the 3 dot menu icon within the open item, then choose the print option.

Take the example of printing a photo from your mobile gallery:

  • iPhone – With the photo open, tap the share arrow icon at the bottom. This displays options like AirDrop, Mail or Print. Select Print to print the photo.
  • Android – Tap the three dot menu button while in open photo mode. Go to Print in the action list then select your printer.

On both platforms you’ll next get access to standard print settings like number of copies, page size, layout options, color or black & white preferences and more before finalizing print.

Tips for Printing:

  • Check paper levels and ink levels/toner status in the printer before trying to print.
  • Load the printer with the correct paper size suited for the item you are printing.
  • Choose page orientation, layout and print settings carefully.
  • Select the number of copies before initializing print.
  • For quality prints, choose high resolution mode when available.
  • If a print job fails, check your phone-printer connection and the printer status.

And that’s it! With your devices now wirelessly connected, you’ll have the flexibility to print emails, webpages, photos, documents and more directly from your phone.

Key Takeaways

  • Wireless printers offer cable-free printing from mobile devices over WiFi.
  • Connect your wireless printer to your home WiFi network prior to linking to your phone.
  • On iPhone, go into Settings > Printers & Scanners. On Androids, visit Settings Connected Devices/Connections > Printing to discover the printer.
  • Open any document, image or webpage and use the share or print options unique to your device’s operating system.
  • Ensure the printer has ink/toner and paper before trying to print from your phone.

Conclusion

Overall, when you connect a compatible wireless printer properly to your phone, you open options to print items without needing a computer. The initial setup requires getting both the printer and phone connected to the same WiFi network. But once configured, printing becomes as easy as tapping a couple buttons. So try out wireless printing from your mobile device for incredible flexibility and convenience.

FAQs

Q: How do I check if my wireless printer is compatible for printing from my smartphone?
A: Consult the printer’s user guide or specifications to verify it supports wireless printing standards that work with mobile devices. Features like Wi-Fi Direct, AirPrint or Mopria Print Service indicate mobile device compatibility.

Q: Do I need an app to print from my phone?
A: Some wireless printer manufacturers may require you to install their official app from your device’s app store to handle printing. This acts as the print driver for that model. In other cases, no added app is needed if the printer has built-in wireless print standards.

Q: Why can’t my phone find the wireless printer on my network?
A: If your phone fails to automatically detect the wireless printer, first ensure both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. Also try rebooting your wireless router, printer and phone. Verify your Wi-Fi signal strength is strong in the printer’s location.

Q: Can I print documents without Wi-Fi?
A: Yes, some wireless printers have direct Wi-Fi modes that create a peer-to-peer connection between your phone and printer without needing a Wi-Fi router. This may be branded as Wi-Fi Direct by some printer manufacturers.

Q: I tried printing a photo but the printer says out of paper?
A: Before attempting to print from your phone take a moment to check the printer status. Make sure it has sufficient levels of ink and is loaded with paper of the right size to support printing your selected item.

Q: The pages print but text and images are cut off. How do I fix this?
A: If content on the printout is truncated, access the Page Setup or Print Layout options in your phone’s print menu for that printer. Adjust settings like page size, orientation, scaling or layout to best fit what you are printing.

Q: Can I print emails from my mobile email apps?
A: Yes, most email services and apps like Gmail or Outlook for mobile have a print option visible after opening a message. Tap the share, export or print icon, then choose to print the email contents to your connected wireless printer.

Q: Why does my printed document look blurred from my Android device?
A: Enable high resolution or best quality modes in the print settings if available. Lower default resolutions can result in less sharp text and images when printing certain digital documents from an Android phone or tablet.

Q: Does wireless printing from a phone use data?
A: No, printing over Wi-Fi to a wireless printer connected to the same network does not typically use mobile data. Both devices utilize the local Wi-Fi internet connection for communication. But large print jobs may impact Wi-Fi connectivity for other devices.

Q: Can I print from anywhere in my house?
A: It depends. Printers connected to your Wi-Fi router’s network can generally be accessed from anywhere within range of the wireless signal, subject to obstructions. But some printers also have Bluetooth variants for direct mobile connectivity within closer proximity.

Q: Why does my phone say printer offline when trying to print?
A: If your phone fails to connect to the wireless printer, first ensure the printer is powered on and connected to the Wi-Fi network. If offline status persists, reboot both the phone and printer. Also toggle the airplane mode on your phone temporarily to refresh Wi-Fi connectivity.

Q: What does ePrint mean for wireless printers?
ePrint is an HP technology that provides web-based printing capability for HP printers. It allows you to connect to your ePrint-enabled wireless printer using your mobile device via the cloud instead of Wi-Fi.

Q: Can I print full webpages from the internet browser on my smartphone?
A: Yes, in most cases you can print entire opened webpages from Chrome, Safari and other mobile browsers by tapping into the share, export or print options. This renders the full visible page for printing including text, images and media elements.

Q: My wireless printer supports scanning. Can I scan documents to my phone?
A: Absolutely. Wireless all-in-one inkjets, laser printers and multi-function devices that offer scanning features typically provide mobile scan Apps that let you scan directly to your phone wirelessly over the same Wi-Fi connection.

Q: What is NFC printing from mobile devices?
A: NFC or Near Field Communication enables compatible smartphones to establish an instant wireless connection by touching the phone to certain printers with built-in NFC readers. This allows for seamless printing without formal Wi-Fi set up.

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