I have a color printer that supports airprint but I don't want to waste the color toner on random docs. Is there a setting in iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad) that would allow me to override and print black and white?

  • What are you printing from? If it's from the computer you can click print-preview on most any program that supports printing and select black and white. Dec 30 '11 at 6:46
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    The OP indicates iOS. Which means, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Dec 30 '11 at 18:36

With iOS 9 AirPrint now has the option to print Black & White.


Black & White AirPrint


There doesn't seem to be a way to do this natively.

Your options seem to be:

  • Nice suggestions! +1 Mar 22 '12 at 19:14
  • Yeah, unfortunate, but good summary.
    – Tyler
    Apr 25 '12 at 22:38
  • Another option is to put the printer into monochrome mode, if this option exists. This would be done either directly on the printer via buttons on the front, or by accessing the printer's internal "website". Clearly this isn't something you would want to mess with often, but if you rarely print color this is a viable option.
    – mpoisot
    Feb 26 '14 at 16:41

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