How to print from your phone

This know-how will help you to print directly from your phone. Often you will have useful evidence such as photos or documents on your phone that will help with your appeal or court case, or application for benefits or housing.
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How to print a document from your phone

Printing from your phone is possible from most smartphones.

To do so, your phone and the printer have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

If you don’t have access to a printer yourself, go to your local library. Ask the librarian if their printers are connected to the Wi-Fi. If they are, then ask how to connect your phone to the same one. If you don’t have a nearby library you could also try print and copy shops, newsagents, or shops like Ryman or Staples.

When you are connected, follow these steps to print a document.


Most smartphones use Android, these will be the phones that use the Google Play Store.

  1. Open the file you'd like to print.
  2. Tap the menu button. It looks like three stacked dots. menu button
  3. Tap “Print”.
  4. Tap the drop-down arrow. It's located near the top of your screen.
  5. Tap the printer you'd like to print from.
  6. Tap the print button.


With the iPhone, you can print with AirPrint.

  1. Open the document you want to print.
  2. Tap the “share” icon. It will look like         Share icon     iphone share icon         android share icon
  3. You should then see the word “Print”or  a print icon. print icon
  4. Tap “Select Printer” and choose the printer you need to print from.
  5. Tap “Print” in the upper-right corner.


Email to a Computer

If for some reason this doesn’t work, you can email a document or photo to yourself and use a computer at the library, internet cafe, or one a friend has access to.

Go to the file and click the “share” icon.

Share icon     iphone share icon         android share icon
Printing your Call History

You may need to provide evidence of who you have been speaking to on the phone on how many times you have tried contacting them.

The easiest way to do this is by taking a screenshot of your call log.

Open the phone app, this is normally a telephone symbol. You should see your most recent calls and your call history as you scroll down.

Once you have followed the steps below, your screenshots will be in your photos, and you can print these using the steps above.


On iPhone 8 and earlier

Press and hold the power button on the right side and click the home button at the same time.


On iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Press and hold the side button on the right side and click the volume up button at the same time.



For most Android phones, you can hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

On some, you can also pull down the notification panel (drag your finger down the screen from the very top) and tap the “screenshot” icon.

You can now print this out, by following our guide to printing from your phone.

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