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How to print documents from the iPhone and iPad

But it should also be noted that printers, beyond having a wireless system, also have technologies that are specific to specific brands. In this case, Apple has a system called AirPrint and that allows printing directly with an iPhone or iPad. That is why this requirement must be imposed when we talk about the printers necessary to have access to the full function of direct printing.

Watch how you have your documents

You must always take into account the format of the documents you want to print. In this case, the preferred file to be able to carry out this action is the PDF, since it takes a photograph of a specific situation avoiding any type of modification. This is something that can happen especially when we talk about a web page. Yeah choose to print directlyit is quite probable that some important elements will be misplaced.

Therefore, the possibility exists that the content that is present first is exported to PDF format. Above all, there are many applications that do not offer features like this… and this is where printing to PDF shines. More apps than you might first think expose printing features, especially on iOS. This is because the market for AirPrint printers is large and apps that support AirPrint get “Save to PDF” functionality for free.

Print with native Apple function

The first thing to keep in mind when you need to print with your iPhone is to make use of the native function that the company integrates into iOS and iPadOS. We analyze both situations below.

on iPhone

Printing on iPhone can be quite common, although as we have previously mentioned it must be compatible with AirPrint. Although, the exact location of the button Print varies from application to application. Applications that expose a system resource sheet typically include a print action in the bottom row. Other applications have special menus that reveal said print button, each application is a little world. Everything will depend on whether it is in a third-party application where the developer has placed it in a special place, or if, on the contrary, it is native to the system.

For example, Mail places a Print button next to the “Reply” and “Forward” options as you can see in the images above. However, other apps do not offer any printing support, and in those cases, there is simply no way to print a PDF from your iPhone, a clear example of this being the iMessages app. But if we talk about other applications, you simply have to follow the following steps.

  1. Access the preview mode of a document.
  2. Touch the share button (click on the square with an arrow pointing up).
  3. Scroll down and tap Print.
  4. Customize the printing to be done in this window.

It should be noted that the AirPrint printing options can be very simple. Specifically, it will allow you to choose the AirPrint printer in question. Next, you can choose the copies that you want to make, but also the interval that will be applied. Internally, it will end up applying the gray scale or if, on the contrary, a chromatic range of color is required.

An iPad

Since iPhone and iPad share the same operating system (iOS), the steps to print a PDF file on iPad are very similar to those on iPhone. The main difference here is finding the print buttons, since Although they share many things, there are slight changes in the interface of both devices. However, the steps are basically identical.

In an AirPrint-enabled application, open the printing user interface. Beam the pinch out gesture in the preview area. This will enlarge the preview so you can view it full screen. In full screen preview mode, tap the screen once to display the toolbars. Press the Share button in the toolbar at the top right of the screen. This presents the system resource sheet with export options for the apps you’ve installed (just like on the iPhone).

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To save the PDF as a file in iCloud, choose the button «Agregar a iCloud Drive». This will save a copy of the PDF to your iCloud Drive folders, which you can import into other apps, such as use as an attachment in Mail, etc. In this case, an intermediate step can be carried out with these files that are attached to the emails and that are attached. Something that can also be applied to the web pages that interest you the most in this situation. It may be ideal in this case because there are some receipts that must be printed.

Use third-party apps

There are situations where some printers are not compatible with Apple’s AirPrint system. This is really important as you will have to opt for third party apps. In this case, it should be noted that some brands of printers have their own application to be able to enjoy all the characteristics of the printer in question. These applications They are completely vitaminized to be able to enjoy maintenance options and also printing. In this case, access is done through the share menu as we have mentioned before. Specifically, by clicking on the button represented by a box and an up arrow, and now clicking on the logo of your own printer application. At the moment, the file in question will be exported and the print settings will be able to be selected. In this case there are many options such as the color scale or the position of the sheets.

Obviously, there are many options that open up in this regard. In the App Store you will find a large number of applications from numerous brands. Each one of them works in a very different way, although in general, in the end, the objective is to have a perfect print on the printer that you have at home and that is not compatible with AirPrint. This is something that also happens with applications that are not integrated with AirPrint, although it is something quite rare.

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