You can use your iPhone to do almost everything, including printing PDFs. Whether you need to print a work-related project or a personal document like a recipe, you can use your iPhone to print a full quality without needing to install drivers or download any app. The question now is, how do you print a PDF from an iPhone?
Thanks to the Apple AirPrint feature, you can print a PDF document directly from your iPhone using apps like Google Chrome, Safari, Gmail, and Outlook. All you need to do is click the share button, tap the “Print” option, and follow the instructions.
As long as the app on your iPhone integrates AirPrint, it will let you print PDFs. With this feature, you no longer have to feel dependent on your PC whenever you need to print a PDF.
This guide will elaborate on the steps to take to print a PDF from an iPhone.
Steps-by-Step Guide on Printing a PDF From iPhone
In six easy steps, you can print any PDF from your iPhone. But before you proceed, check to ensure your printer supports AirPrint. If the printer is listed among the long list of printers supporting AirPrint, follow the steps below to print that PDF.
Step #1: Connect Your iPhone and Printer
The first thing you want to do is to connect your iPhone and your printer. You can establish this connection using Wi-Fi or a wired network, as AirPrint supports both types of connection.
To establish the connection using Wi-Fi, you must connect your iPhone and the printer to the same Wi-Fi network. Ensure your iPhone and your printer are within range of the Wi-Fi network. Or, if you want to use the wired network, plug in the wire, and your iPhone will automatically detect the printer.
You cannot use AirPrint when you connect your device to the USB port of an AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Base Station, or a Bluetooth connection on your computer.
Step #2: Open the PDF File
The next thing you want to do is to open the PDF you want to print. You can open the PDF from several apps on your iPhone like the Files app, Email, Safari, Google Chrome, and so on.
If the file is not in PDF format (e.g., .docx), you can easily convert it to PDF using your iPhone. Printing PDF documents is better than printing other formats as it helps preserve the document’s style.
Step #3: Use the Print Option
You need to find the print option to print the opened PDF document. But you must click on the share icon in the toolbar section to see the “Print” option. The share icon is often located at the bottom toolbar on most apps. However, depending on the app you used to open the PDF, you may find it elsewhere.
When you tap the share icon, it loads up a list of options; select the “Print” option. On tapping the print option, the PDF document loads into a preview.
Step #4: Choose the Printer
In the preview, you can select the printer you want to use to print the PDF document. Tap the printer option to find and select the printer you wish to use to print the document. Since you already connected the printer to your iPhone, it would be listed among the options.
Step #5: Make Necessary Adjustments
Next, make any adjustments you want to make to the PDF document before you print. This can include selecting the number of copies you want the printer to make or whether you want a colored printout or a double-sided printout.
Step #6: Tap “Print”
When satisfied with all your adjustments, tap the “Print” option at the top-right corner of your screen. Your iPhone will send the PDF to the printer, and the printer will print it out. You can monitor the progress during the printing process and cancel it if the need arises using the App Switcher.
In conclusion, you can print PDFs from an iPhone using any app, provided it supports AirPrint. But if the app does not support AirPrint, an alternative will be to screenshot the page and print it out as an image. This may not be the best option, but it does help you keep a hard copy of any document you want.
Also, if you want to edit a PDF before printing it out, perhaps add a signature; then, when you open the PDF, tap on the Markup option to enter the Markup interface. In the Markup interface, you can either sign the document freehand or import an already added signature if you had one saved previously.