From the manual woodblock printing of China to today's wireless printing, where do you fit?\r\n\r\nYou have an android device. There are a lot of things you found online that you want to print. You have school or work documents that need to have hard copies. Sometimes, there's no time to run to your computer to transfer files from your phone and print them from your PC. Other times, you forget your laptop in school.\r\n\r\nThen there's only the wireless printer available in the library for you to print with. You could always use cords to connect your phone to PC. But that puts your devices at a high risk to viruses that can harm your files. Printing from a phone using wireless printers is one of today's most convenient innovations.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nHow Did the Wireless Printing Start?\r\nRemember when you still had to make sure that phones touched during a wireless transfer? You needed to ensure that there were no physical obstructions between phones. Wireless printing can still be traced back to the time of infrared.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nInfrared Data Association (IRDA) devices can send and receive signals and data to each other. An IRDA device can send a photo and data to another IRDA machine, regardless if it's a phone or not.\r\n\r\nRemember when you had an infrared phone and lined up in Kodak kiosks to have your photos printed directly from your phone? That was an early 2000s\u00a0version of wireless printing. Today, printers use Bluetooth and WIFI.\r\n\r\n \r\nBluetooth Printer vs. WIFI\u00a0Printer\r\n\r\nBluetooth Printer\r\nBluetooth came after the infrared. Unlike infrared, Bluetooth devices can receive and even when the devices are not physically touching. Data can be sent and received even with a wall between connected Bluetooth devices. Exchange of Bluetooth signals is possible so long as both devices are within each other's range. The Bluetooth connectivity ranges from 10 meters (33 feet)-100 meters (328 feet).\r\n\r\nBluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the first Bluetooth printer in 2001. From then on, there have been a lot of available Bluetooth printers in the market. Here are some of the best Bluetooth printers from top brands:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHP:\r\nOfficejet 100 Mobile Printer (L411)\r\nPhotosmart C8180, C8183, C8188 Printers\r\nOfficejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer (L511a)\r\nPhotosmart Premium All-in-One Printers (C309)\r\nPhotosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSAMSUNG:\r\nSPP-2040\r\nPictureMate range\r\nR300, R320, R340, R360 (Stylus Photo)\r\nSX600FW, SX610FW (Stylus)\r\nStylus Office BX600FW, BX610FW\r\n\r\nBROTHER:\r\nQL820NWB\r\nHl-2230 Monochrome Laser Printer\r\nHL-L2300D Standard Laser Printer\r\nMFCL2710DW\r\n\r\nCANON:\r\nTS9120 PIXMA Gray Wireless\r\nTS8120 PIXMA Black Wireless\r\nTS6120 PIXMA Black Wireless\r\nTS5120 PIXMA Black Wireless\r\nTR8520 PIXMA Wireless\r\nTR7520 PIXMA Wireless\r\n\r\n \r\nPrinting with Bluetooth\r\nAll android phones today are Bluetooth transceivers. A transceiver is a device that can both send and receive data. However, there are only a few available Bluetooth printers today. Usually, Bluetooth printers are used for photo and receipt printing. If you still happen to\u00a0have one, like the Canon PIXMA TS6120 Wireless, here is how you can print wireless via Bluetooth:\r\n\r\n\r\nSetting up the Printer\r\n1. Set-up your printer. Each printer comes with its setup guides. Refer to your printer's accompanying manual.\r\n\r\n2. Enable your printer's Bluetooth feature. Each printer has a slightly different way of turning this feature on. Usually, you will have to\u00a0go to the menu, select the Bluetooth icon, and turn on the Bluetooth through a toggle button.\r\nSetting up the Android Phone\r\n1. Turn on your android device's Bluetooth.\r\n\r\n2. Go to settings, device connection, Bluetooth, then turn Bluetooth on. Or you could access the Bluetooth settings on your phone's drop-down menu or notification bar. Make sure that your android phone's Bluetooth is turned on and is set to "visible."\r\nConnecting Phone to Printer\r\n1. In your android phone, click search for devices. Select the Bluetooth of your printer. Usually, the printer's Bluetooth name is also its brand name.\r\n\r\n2. Connect to the printer's Bluetooth.\r\n\r\n3. If there's a prompt that appeared on your android device for a Bluetooth passkey, check your printer's Bluetooth menu. There should be an option for the passkey. Enter the passkey on your android device.\r\n\r\n4. Your android device is now connected to your Bluetooth printer.\r\nPrinting\r\n1. Once phone and printer are connected, you can wirelessly print documents and photos from your android phone.\r\n\r\n2. To print from android to Bluetooth printer: select a document in your android phone that you want to print.\r\n\r\n3. Click on the menu of the document and select "share via Bluetooth."\r\n\r\n4. Share the document to your printer's Bluetooth and it will automatically print from there.\r\n\r\n \r\nWIFI Printer\r\nWIFI printers became popular in the late 2000s. Unlike Bluetooth where only a device can connect to the printer at a time, WIFI printers can cater to multiple devices simultaneously. WIFI connection has a wider range than Bluetooth. While Bluetooth has only a range of 10 meters (33 feet)-100 meters (328 feet), WIFI has a range of 46 meters (150 feet) up to 92 meters (300 feet). So you can still wirelessly print from your phone even if you're just in your bedroom and your wireless printer is in your home's study.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWireless WIFI printers are more widely available now than Bluetooth printers. Some of the top brands have their take on the WIFI printer. Here are samples of available WIFI printers:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHP:\r\nOfficeJet 5255 All-in-One Printer\r\nENVY 5055 All-in-One Printer\r\nTango Printer\r\nOfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Printer\r\nDeskJet 3755 All-in-One Printer\r\n\r\nSAMSUNG:\r\nML-1865 Laser Printer series\r\nXpress SL-M2020\r\nML-2525\r\nXpress SL-C430\r\nCLP-315 Color Laser Printer series\r\n\r\nEPSON:\r\nSureColor T3170 Wireless Printer\r\nExpression Premium ET-7700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer\r\nFX-890II Impact Printer\r\nEpson Expression Home XP-340 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer\r\nWorkForce Pro WF-4730 All-in-One Printer\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBROTHER:\r\nMFCJ6545DW\r\nMFCJ5845DW\r\nMFCL3770CDW\r\nMFCJ995DW\r\nMFCL5850DW\r\n\r\nCANON:\r\nTS702 PIXMA Wireless\r\nMAXIFY iB4120\r\nTS9521C PIXMA Wireless\r\nTR7520 PIXMA Wireless\r\nMG3620 PIXMA Black Wireless\r\n\r\n \r\nPrinting with WIFI\r\nTo print from android, follow these steps:\r\nSetting up the Printer\r\n1. Make sure that your WIFI network is open and available.\r\n\r\n2. Set-up your printer. Each printer comes with its setup guides. Refer to your printer's accompanying manual.\r\n\r\n3. Connect your printer to the WIFI. Each printer has a slightly different way of turning this feature on. Usually, you will have to\u00a0go to the menu, select the WIFI icon, and turn on the WIFI through a toggle button. Then, select the WIFI name of your WIFI network, key in the password, and connect.\r\n\r\n\r\nSetting up the Android Phone\r\n1. Connect your phone to your WIFI network. You can go to your android phone's settings -> wireless and networks -> WIFI then turn on the WIFI through the toggle button.\r\n\r\n2. Select the WIFI name of your WIFI network, key in the password, and connect. Make sure that\u00a0you connect to the same WIFI network as your printer.\r\n\r\n3. On your android phone, download your printer's printing app through Google Play. Again, this differs for each printer depending on your printer's model. Here are some links to download some top printer brands' printing applications from HP, Samsung, Epson, Brother, and Canon.\r\nPrinting\r\n1. To print from the app: Open the printing application.\r\n\r\n2. Select "Print" and then select the document from your phone. You can edit some documents like .docx files from the printing application.\r\n\r\n3. When you have set your preferences (paper size, paper orientation, number of copies), click "Print".\r\n\r\n4. In the pop-up screen, select your printer. You have already successfully printed using your android phone.\r\n\r\n5. To print from document\/email\/browser: Make sure that your printer and android phone are connected to the same WIFI network. Click on the menu of the document and select "Print".\r\n\r\n6. There will be a printing prompt on your screen. Select your printer. You have already successfully printed using your android phone.