With mobile computing becoming more and more common, and an increase in people using smartphones, tablets, and other mobile computing devices to do their business on the go, it’s no wonder that mobile printing has come into ever greater demand. Despite talk of a “paperless society,” users still have frequent need for a hard copy. Here are some of the best mobile apps for getting your printing done while traveling or even in a public space, without the need for a PC.
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Designed exclusively for use with Epson products, iPrint allows for easy and convenient mobile printing from the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to compatible Epson printers. Epson iPrint allows you to print MS Office documents, PDFs, and web pages from the Internet. Because mobile users are often on the go, iPrint also allows printing from cloud-based services. Epson iPrint can also scan and print, all from your mobile device. iPrint comes with a variety of options for switching between color and black and white, choosing print quality, and even purchasing supplies for the printer online.
Download Epson Print for Android
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HP ePrint App
Available for iOS and Android, HP’s ePrint app makes it simple to print PDFs, web pages, Word documents and more from your smartphone or tablet. The ePrint app is compatible with HP Officejet, Laserjet, Photosmart, and many other supported HP printers. One of the HP ePrint’s apps most forward-thinking features is its “print on the go” technology, allowing users to locate participating FedEx, Kinkos, UPS stores, and even airport kiosks where they can transfer and print needed documents while traveling or away from the computer.
Download HP ePrint App for Android
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PrinterShare Mobile Print
Mobile Dynamix’ PrinterShare app prints documents from device memory, email, Office, photos, or online resources like Google Drive. Highly customizable, the PrinterShare app features a number of options for changing print size, orientation, and more. PrinterShare can find printers via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB, eliminating the need for a personal computer nearby. Because it’s not built for any particular brand of printer, PrinterShare is compatible with a wide range of printers, like HP, Canon, Brother, Samsung, Lexmark, and more. The free version even allows for a no-cost printing of test pages, so you can try before you buy.
Download PrinterShare Mobile Print for Android
Versatile and powerful, PrinterOn allows users to find nearby printers using GPS or even searching by keyword. Like most apps of its kind, PrinterOn supports all the major filetypes and can print from cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox and others. PrinterOn will even automatically find nearby available printers in the area. PrinterOn also features secure “release codes” to prevent other users from seeing your sensitive documents.
Download PrinterOn for Android
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Made for Android, PrintMe Mobile is built primarily for business environments. After installing special software on a client network, the PrintMe Mobile app allows users to securely connect over WiFi from their mobile devices. Made with security and confidentiality in mind, PrintMe is not geared toward casual consumers, but rather toward enterprise situations, where users must be able to print quickly during conferences or while visiting other corporate offices.
Download PrintMe Mobile for Android
Google Cloud Print
Designed to be a “killer app” to replace individual, single-purpose apps, Google Cloud Print touts itself as an all-in-one solution for mobile printing. Google Cloud Print claims to work with all printers (although some appear to be more compatible than others), and be usable on any internet-enabled device, with many types of application. Because it’s made by Google, Cloud Print is designed to play nice with cloud-based services like Drive. Cloud Print recommends using specific “Cloud Ready” printer for best results with the application.
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