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How to print, scan with your HP printer using iPhone, Android

The tech world has come this far over the past decade, but that advancement hasn’t spread to all kinds of products. Printers and scanners, for example, have refused to keep up with the times. While it is a little less maddening to install and use printers today than it was a decade ago, the improvement is hardly stellar.

The only thing that makes most tasks a bit easier is the integration with smartphones. Printing and scanning are no different in this regard. Most newer printers as well as printer-scanner combos support this feature, and with most content accessible from the palm of your hand these days, there’s no reason you have to turn on your PC. desktop or open your big notepad just to print a PDF or scan your ID. If you have an HP printer (released in 2010 or later), for example, you might want to know how to set up your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or other Android device for more convenient printing and scanning tasks.

To get started, you will need to connect your HP printer to a WiFi network, prepare it for WiFi Direct or HP wireless direct. Guides for these can be found at HP website. WiFi Direct and HP Wireless Direct are easier and faster to set up the first time around, but a good old WiFi network connection to your printer should prove more convenient in the long run.

1. Download the HP Smart app for your iOS or Android device from the App store Where Play at the store respectively.

2. If your HP printer is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, make sure your Android or iOS device is connected to the same network. If you are using WiFi Direct or HP Wireless Direct, connect your device to your printer.

3. Launch the HP Smart app on your mobile device.

4. Tap the “+” icon in the upper right corner and select your printer from the list to connect to it.

5. Select the job you need from the app home screen. At the time of this writing, you can

  • Print photos from your device’s gallery,
  • Print documents cloud services like Box, Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive,
  • Print Facebook Photos,
  • To analyse, the result being saved on your device,
  • Scan to Email, and
  • Scan to the cloud.

Example of a printer-iPhone scan job. You can share a JPG / PDF of the resulting image or save it to your device’s gallery.

Note that cloud service accounts can be added from the Files tab (with the folder icon). The scan function also includes the ability to scan hard copies using your device’s camera, with edge detection.

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