Why is my iPhone not printing to my wireless printer?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

There can be several reasons why your iPhone is not printing to your wireless printer. Let’s go through some troubleshooting steps to help you resolve this issue.

1. Check the printer connection status:
– Ensure that the wireless signal is turned on.
– Make sure the printer is connected to the same network as your iPhone. If your printer has a light next to a Wireless icon or button, check if it is on. If it is off or blinking, it means the printer is disconnected from the network.
– If the printer is not connected to the network, you may need to reconnect it by following the printer’s instructions or consult the printer’s manual.

2. Verify printer compatibility:
– Ensure that your printer is compatible with AirPrint, which is the wireless printing technology used by iPhones. Not all printers support AirPrint, so it’s essential to check your printer’s specifications or consult the manufacturer’s website.
– If your printer is not compatible with AirPrint, you may need to use a third-party printing app or software that supports your printer model.

3. Update software and firmware:
– Ensure that both your iPhone and the printer have the latest software updates installed. Software updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can enhance compatibility and resolve printing issues.
– On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for any available updates.
– Consult the printer’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website to check for any firmware updates specifically for your printer model.

4. Restart devices:
– Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues. Try turning off your iPhone and printer, then turn them back on after a few seconds. This can refresh the network connection and resolve any temporary glitches.

5. Check printer settings:
– On your iPhone, open the Print dialog for the document or photo you want to print.
– Make sure the correct printer is selected. If you have multiple printers on your network, ensure that you have chosen the one you want to use.
– Verify that the printer is not in offline or sleep mode. Some printers have a power-saving feature that can cause them to go into sleep mode when not in use. Wake up the printer if necessary.

6. Reset network settings:
– If none of the above steps work, you can try resetting your iPhone’s network settings. Please note that this will remove saved Wi-Fi passwords and other network-related settings, so make sure you have that information handy.
– On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Confirm the action and enter your passcode if prompted. Once the reset is complete, reconnect to your Wi-Fi network and try printing again.

If you have followed these troubleshooting steps and your iPhone still cannot print to your wireless printer, it might be helpful to reach out to the printer manufacturer’s support or consult an IT professional for further assistance.