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Apps for printing photos from Android phones

Armando Rodriguez | Nov. 15, 2010
We take a look at some of the best ways to print from an Android device.


Have a photo that you want to set as your mobile wallpaper? If you have a Brother printer, you may want to grab the company's iPrint & Scan app. Similar to Canon's app below, iPrint & Scan searches your wireless network for compatible Brother printers. You might wish to consult your user manual to make sure that your printer's wireless settings are configured properly, however; my printer's settings were not, so I spent over an hour configuring it on a wireless network. You can perform scans remotely, as well, although you will have to manually place the item you wish to scan on the scanner bed beforehand.


Other Mobile Printing Apps

Here are three other Android printing apps you might be interested in.

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint (Free)

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    • Searches for compatible printers on your wireless network
    • Lets you pick multiple pictures for batch printing
    • Great for printing a lot of pictures at once


Canon says that its Easy-PhotoPrint app for Android gives you the ability to wirelessly print any photo on your phone or SD Card. You can choose up to 39 different photos to print at once, as well as the type of paper to use and the number of copies to print. The app will not work with Canon's entire line of wireless printers, however (see the full list of compatible printers).
CyPria (Free and Paid Versions)

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    • Lots of printing options
    • Integrates with other Android applications
    • A must for printing more than just pictures from a phone


CyPria is a third-party printing application for wireless Epson printers. It comes in both a free edition and a paid version that sells for a little more than $5 on the Android Market. The free app lets you create and print notes and CD labels, as well as index cards and photos; the paid version can print Web pages from your phone's mobile browser, in addition to photos.
Out of all the applications I looked at, CyPria offers the most flexibility in what you can print from your phone. CyPria's Website has a full list of Epson printers that are currently compatible with the app.
Picwing Print & Mail Photos (Free App, Subscription Based)

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    • Prints and mails photos for you
    • Monthly and pay-as-you-go plans available
    • Great if you have extended family and don't often see them


We all have at least one relative who still prefers to have a hard copy of a photo. Instead of printing and mailing out digital photos yourself, consider apps and services such as Picwing's Print & Mail Photos. You tell the service which photos to process and who the recipients are, and Picwing will print and mail the images twice a month for a small fee.

 

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