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How to Print Smartphone Photos From Home

June 8, 2017
How to Print Smartphone Photos From Home

Smartphone cameras are perfect for carrying your favorite photos wherever you go, but if you’re tired of looking at tiny images on a screen, you’re probably ready to have some hard copy prints of your own. If you don’t need anything special, i.e. you’re not looking for a blanket with your kids’ faces on it or a canvas print of your pup, you can easily print your photos at home. This is the best option if you want small prints on photographic paper (as opposed to large prints on aluminum, for example).

A Note About Ink: Yes, you’re going to go through a ton of ink if you print photos on a regular basis. But while you may actually save money by ordering from an online printing service, many people still prefer the flexibility of being able to print their images at home, whenever they want.

Inkjet vs. Thermal Dye Printers

For at-home photo printing, inkjet printers are the best and most cost-effective option. (Professional photographers and large businesses may opt for a thermal dye printer.) You can get an inexpensive inkjet printer for under $100 or you can spend a few hundred on one with more bells and whistles. In general, these printers don’t print over the A4 size (8.27×11.69 inches), so for larger prints you’ll need to invest in a fancier printer or consider ordering prints online.

Thermal dye printers are more pricey than inkjet printers, but you’ll also end up with higher quality prints that are more dense and saturated (thermal dye images print faster, too). While inkjet printers spray droplets of ink onto the photo paper to create an image, thermal dye printers apply heat to a dry, wax pigment to create the print. Humidity or moisture can smudge the ink of an inkjet print, damaging the photo, but carefully handling the print and protecting it with a frame usually prevents problems.

WiFi Capability

To make printing your smartphone photos even more convenient, look for a printer with WiFi capability. You’ll be able to send images directly to the printer without having to hook up any cables or transfer photos to your computer first. Before making your purchase, just make sure that your specific smartphone has the ability to wirelessly connect with the printer.

Paper Options

Whatever you do, don’t print your smartphone images on standard copy paper! The prints will be super low in quality and you’ll have just wasted all that ink for subpar images. For the best results, purchase quality photo paper. The type of paper you prefer – finish, thickness – will be based on your personal preferences. For images that are a bit low in quality due to something like a low megapixel camera or a large print size, opt for matte paper, which is more forgiving than a glossy finish. Though vibrant, high-sheen photo paper will show imperfections.

To make printing your smartphone photos even more convenient, look for a printer with WiFi capability. You’ll be able to send images directly to the printer without having to hook up any cables or transfer photos to your computer first. Before making your purchase, just make sure that your specific smartphone has the ability to wirelessly connect with the printer.

How to Print Smartphone Photos From Home

Fujifilm’s Portable Printer

If you often get the urge to print photos on-the-fly, consider getting a handheld printer to take along with you. The instax SHARE SP-2 portable smartphone printer from Fujifilm lets you send images from the app to the printer through WiFi. Printing time is a swift 10 seconds, prints have high resolution and the battery can be recharged via a USB port. It’s like a new and improved Polaroid camera for 2017.

How to Print Smartphone Photos at Home

One Final Note

It’s always recommended to check online reviews before making your purchase. Pay attention to repetitive rants or raves – one particularly good or bad comment can be a fluke, but if multiple consumers report the same thing, odds are that you’ll have a similar experience.

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Lindsay Pietroluongo
Lindsay Pietroluongo

Lindsay Pietroluongo is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Mobiography magazine. She has a BA in English: Writing from Marist College and lives in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

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