I am looking to purchase a printer, but more fundamentally, I don't know what features or technology translate into easy printing from my iPhone. How can I determine which printers do or do not work well with an iPhone?

Here is my question: I would like to have a printer that I can print to directly from my iPhone. When I google "air print" (based off of what the iPhone says) I see HP Wireless Printers.

That leads me to the question can I use the iPhone to print on any printer with wireless capabilities or does it have to be one of these HP Printers with "ePrint"?

  • The majority of printers can be configured via a Mac / base station to connect to an iPhone. The normal considerations for (design / photo) printing are around quality, reliability, cost of use, compatibility. If you are printing from an iPhone as opposed to creative visuals from Indesign we can forget the first one... the quality will be good enough. Reliability used to be an issue. In my experience Canon, HP can still be flaky in terms of 'killer' issues like print heads failing (costing more than the printer to replace - welcome to your new door stop). Oki have been best for me 10+ years. Nov 9, 2016 at 10:54
  • Cost of use - well all proprietary inks and paper are expensive - that's how they make their money, probably lose on the actual hardware when you think of what you get for sub £200. You can choose cheaper paper and 3rd party inks with many if you wish. So compatibility - for me over 20 years this has been Epson in terms of Mac understanding and provision - back in the days of G3 / OS 9 their 1500 A3 had a postscript RIP for Quark Express when this was 'high end' repro territory. Their WF 7610 today has ethernet, USB, WiFi connectivity and dedicated utilities for Mac... so I would start there. Nov 9, 2016 at 11:00

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Does it have to be one of those HP printers? No. It can be a Brother, or an Epson, or others.

First, did you read the page at Apple, regarding printing from your iPhone?

Second, after reading that page, at the bottom, did you follow the link to AirPrint-Enabled printers that was provided?

Printers not listed in this article are not supported by AirPrint.

Note: Some printers listed in this article will require a firmware update out of the box to become AirPrint-enabed. See the manufacture's documentation or website for details.

The AirPrint-enabled printer must be connected to the same home Wi-Fi network as the iOS device. This is the default configuration in most home Wi-Fi networks.

Now, assuming that you DID both of these things, and you did see the model printers that were being offered by all those different manufacturers... what is your actual question. Are you asking if one of those printers listed there actually works to allow printing from your iPhone?

If you really want to stick with an HP, it can be any one of these...

HP Deskjet 3050A J611
HP Deskjet 3054A J611
HP Deskjet 3070A
HP Envy 100 e-All-In-One D410
HP Envy 110 e-All-In-One D411a
HP Envy 114 e-All-In-One D411a
HP LaserJet P1102w Printer
HP LaserJet P1606dn Printer
HP LaserJet Pro 100 color MFP M175nw
HP LaserJet Pro 300 Color MFP M375nw
HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color M451nw-M451dn-M451dw
HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475dn-M475dw
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color MFP
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color MFP
HP LaserJet Pro CP1025nw Color Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer
HP LaserJet Pro M1212nf MFP
HP LaserJet Pro M1213nf MFP
HP LaserJet Pro M1214nf MFP
HP LaserJet Pro M1216nf MFP
HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw MFP
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf MFP
HP Officejet 4620 e-All-In-One
HP Officejet 6100 e-Printer H611a
HP Officejet 6500A e-All-In-One E710a
HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-In-One E710n
HP Officejet 6600 e-All-In-One H711a
HP Officejet 6700 e-All-In-One H711n
HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-All-In-One E910a
HP Officejet Pro 8100 e-Printer N811a
HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-In-One A910a
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-In-One A910g
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium e-All-In-One A910g
HP Officejet Pro 8600A e-All-in-One Printer N911a
HP Officejet Pro 8600A Plus e-All-in-One N911g
HP Officejet Pro 8600A Premium e-All-in-One N911g
HP Photosmart 5510 e-AiO B111a
HP Photosmart 5514 e-AiO B111h
HP Photosmart 6510 e-AiO B211a
HP Photosmart 7510 e-AiO C311a
HP Photosmart e-All-in-One D110a
HP Photosmart eStation C510
HP Photosmart Plus e-All-In-One B210a
HP Photosmart Premium e-All-In-One C310
HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-In-One C410a
HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-In-One B110—Europe and Asia-Pacific
HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275
  • I did not see the link to Apple when searching Google for info. Thank you for the link.
    – L84
    Jun 4, 2012 at 3:22
  • @Lynda No problem. Just wanted to make sure you had those first two (what I would consider) essential steps set up for you. I figured from there, you'd be able to find what you need.
    – Bon Gart
    Jun 4, 2012 at 3:24

I forget how I did it since it's been awhile, but Apple's Bonjour, avahi for Linux, and AirPrint are all compatible in some way, to the point where I was able to get a Kodak ESP7 to show up on the list of printers available on an iPad's printer list, with having avahi running on my router (which is a GuruPlug). I had to create a "service description" for avahi and was printing to the printer via the GuruPlug's wifi using CUPS. The printer wasn't fully supported by CUPS and while AirPrint would gladly send a page to the printer, the printer would not print it correctly. Not sure who to blame in all that mess ( the GuruPlug only having 512MB of RAM didn't help things I'm sure...)

The ESP7's software on Windows installed Bonjour on each computer I installed the drivers on.

So I hope that is helpful in some way. I think it is possible, at the very least by configuring Bonjour on the system that the printer is attached to correctly.


You can use any printer that works with a Mac if you have a free app called AirPrint Activator. It requires that the Mac be on in order to print from iOS, but that's the only restriction. If you can print from a Mac, you can print to the same printer from iOS.

I currently have an Epson Stylus Photo R280 connected to my Time Capsule, and I can print to it from my iPhone as long as my Mac is on to facilitate the connection.



Don't have a printer supports AirPrint? Not necessary at all.

Use AirPrint Activator to share local and network attached printers with iDevices.

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