Printing is just a click away when you’re at your desktop, but could be a scramble when it’s BYOD (bring your own device) and you need a paper trail.
“Mobile devices weren’t designed for printing, nor were printers designed to talk to anything other than a PC or a Mac,” says Christopher Null, PC World. A solution might be an app that already comes with your printer. Null offers a list of those printers and apps that offer mobile capability.
- Brother iPrint & Scan lets you print to select models via iOS, Android and Windows phone devices.
- Canon Easy-PhotoPrint has an app that works for iOS, Android and Windows RT devices, but it’s mainly for printing photos.
- Canon Pixma Printing Solutions app for iOS and Android works with the Pixma MG5520 and Pixma MG7120.
- Dell Mobile Print is a simple app that only works with Android devices and lets you print directly when connected to a local network.
- Epson Connect has several apps that can print using a variety of devices.
- HP ePrint works with iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices via wireless, local connection or email.
- Lexmark Mobile Printing supports iOS and Android but prints only PDF and image documents.
- Samsung Mobile Print prints web pages, photos, PDFs or Office documents or scans directly to your device.
Another option might be third-party printing tools, suggests Null. When you need to print, consider Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Print n Share, Presto, PrinterShare, GoToMyPC and LogMeInPro.