Going WAY back in my time machine to…six or seven years ago, setting up a printer on your computer was a serious task. My nerves get bad just thinking about all the downloads, installs, and updates that went into setting up a simple single-function printer for your home. Let’s not even get into trying to add a printer to your home network.
Fast forward to today – Multi-function, wireless and web-enabled printers are as easy to setup as taking it out of the box and entering your home network password. Now that smartphones serve as our personal communication devices, the idea of sending pictures and documents from your smartphone directly to your mobile-friendly printer is wonderful, but you would think the setup would be a challenge. That’s not the case now that mobile printing apps will make short work of creating physical copies of digital files.
Best Mobile Printing Apps For Your Smartphone 1 of 7
The best mobile printing apps to make short work of creating physical copies of digital files.
Apple AirPrint 2 of 7
If you're an iOS user, there are several mobile-friendly printers that come with Apple's AirPrint technology built right in. No extra apps to download or install, just tap the "share icon" and select print while you're viewing a website, picture, document, or in other mobile app to print directly to your printer.
PrintCentral Pro 3 of 7
iOS users who don't have a mobile-friendly printer, can still send files to your printer with the PrintCentral Pro app. The app does cost $4.99, but you get the ability to send emails, web pages, contacts, calendar appointments text messages, and more to your current printer as well as read PDF documents and sync files to the cloud.
Google Cloud Print App 4 of 7
If you're a Google fan and want to keep it "all in the family," You can use the free Google Cloud Print App on your Android smartphone or tablet to send files to your printer (mobile-friendly or legacy) via the Google Cloud Print service. Opting to use this combination gives users more control over the printing format, and offers more printing options versus just emailing files to your printer.
Google Cloud Print Service 5 of 7
Everybody may not have a web-enabled mobile-friendly printer or a compatible app, but that doesn't mean mobile printing is out of reach. The free Google Cloud Print service is a great way to convert a legacy printer into a smartphone picture-printing machine. If you can send an email, you can print images and files from your smartphone. This means all of you Windows Phone out there can email files to your printer too.
Cloud Printer for Firefox 6 of 7
If you have decided to "rage against the machine" and use the Firefox Mobile Browser over Safari or Chrome on your mobile device, the Cloud Printer mobile add-on will let you send web pages to your printer, so long as it's set up via Google Cloud Print. The cool thing about this app is you can print jobs run in the background while you continue to surf.
HP ePrint App 7 of 7
If you own an HP ePrint printer, the free HP ePrint app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry will let you send files from your smartphone to your printer no matter, if you're in across the room, across town, or across the country. Simply open an email, image, web site or document in the HP ePrint app, tap print and you're good to go. HP ePrint also lets you send print jobs to any Public ePrint location, just in case you need a physical copy, but you're now where near your own printer.