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Being able to print from your iPhone might be useful if you know someone who is computer illiterate that you would like to send an email, document or photo to. It could also be handy if you review your email on your public transportation ride to work. You can forward some emails to print at work, so when you get there, they're all waiting for you! This article shows you how to automatically print the messages and attachments you want. Think of it as a way to have a computer with Internet access and a printer act as a simple fax machine.
- Open up a document, email attachment, or webpage that you would like to print.
- Find the icon with a right arrow partially inside a box. Click on that for more options to show up, one of which is "Print."
- Click "Print" to select the printer, number of pages to print, and number of copies to print, among other settings. Note that you can only select wireless printers connected through the same Internet connection as the iPhone is.
- Hit "Print" to submit your request and collect a hard copy of your document!
Automatic Print Email Software Method
- Download the Automatic Print Email software on your computer. It only works on Windows, and is free for 30 days.
- Create a separate free Internet POP-accessible email account, like Gmail or Yahoo!. This will be the email address to which you will forward all the emails you want to print.
- Set up a filter to auto-delete all email that's not from your primary email. This will prevent spam from coming in. Your primary email is the one from which you will send print jobs through your iPhone.
- For Gmail, click on the "Options" icon in the top right-hand corner, and select "Mail Settings." Go to the "Filters" section and click on "Create a new filter."
- In the "Doesn't Have" field, type in from: followed by your primary email address, without spaces. This applies the filter to all email that is not from your primary address. Click "Test Search" if you'd like Gmail to show you which of your current emails the filter would apply to, and when you're ready to move on, hit "Next Step."
- Check "Delete it" to delete all email that is not from your primary email address. Because this email account will just be used for your printing purposes, this prevents it from becoming unnecessarily clogged up.
- Set up the automatic print email program to check and print both the email message and attachment automatically, or whichever you prefer.
- Click on "Your email account" in the top-left corner and then on the "New Account" link.
- A wizard will pop up to help you set up your account. Start by entering what you'd like to name the email account, and selecting whether this is a POP3, IMAP4, or other type of account.
- Type in the server address for incoming mail. Then enter in your username and password for logging into your email account.
- Decide how often you'd like the program to check for new messages.
- Choose the printer that you'd like every email and attachment to print from. Click on the blue "Settings" link if you want to modify the print settings, as you won't get to do so for each print job. If you scroll down, you can also opt to have the program delete the email after printing it.
- When you get an email on your iPhone, just forward it to this new email account to send it to the printer!
MS Outlook Method
- Select Rules & Alerts from the Tools menu.
- Copy the "Clear categories on mail." When Outlook asks what Folder you want to copy this rule to, choose Inbox or select your specific email account. Click OK.
- Double click "Copy of Clear Categories on mail" to edit it.
- Check "With specific words in the subject" and uncheck "From people or distribution list" in the Rules Wizard.
- Click on the blue "Specific Words" and add "Print Me" or "To Printer" or any other phrase to the rules subject line search list.
- In the next window check "Print it". Click next.
- Specify a name for this rule.
- Check "Turn on this rule" and click finish.
- Send yourself or forward an email from your iPhone with the phrase you chose in the subject and it'll print automatically when Outlook checks for mail. If it doesn't check often enough, go to "Options", tab "Mail Setup", button "Send/Receive" and change the default check period.
- Visit the iTunes app store.
- Look for any of the following apps, and make sure they're appropriate for your needs. Check out How to Download and Use Applications from the iTunes App Store, too.
- HP iPrint Photo - You'll need a networked HP printer (see How to Add an HP Printer to a Wireless Network.) You can only print photos. If you want to print other stuff, you can take a screenshot and then print the screenshot because the iPhone places screenshots in your photo library.
- PrintCentral for iPhone and iPod touch, by Eurosmartz Ltd - Has mixed reviews. Some report difficulties setting up or connecting to the software or are dissatisfied because of the app's limitations (you may not be able to print documents and email).
- The first two methods work for more than just the iPhone. Any PDA phone that can send email can use them.
- If you don't want to set up automatic printing, you can still print documents from your iPhone on an as-needed basis if you have a wireless printer connected through the Internet.
- The icon with the arrow partially inside a box can shift location depending on the window you have open on your iPhone. For webpages, it's in the center of the bottom bar; for PDFs/Word documents, it tends to be in the top-right corner, etc.
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