How to Use iOS 13+ Printing

We are going to explore how to print to PDF while on the go, do custom printing options like labels and manage existing print jobs through AirPrint right on your iOS 13+ devices.

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We are going to explore how to print to PDF while on the go, do custom printing options like labels and manage existing print jobs through AirPrint right on your iOS 13+ devices. iOS 13+ has a very robust printing subsystem that can allow you to export PDFs and more.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into how to print custom items like labels. We’ll also see how to print to PDF instead of paper and how to manage printer jobs and viewing ink supply levels.

iOS 13+ can handily help in this situation, and it works in any app that supports printing or sharing. We will be using Safari browser in our examples.

This is for Apple devices supporting iOS 13+

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Print to PDF

To print to PDF using any app that supports printing:

Select the Share (or Print) button in the app. When browsing in Safari, just tap the Share button in the bottom toolbar. Refer to below image:

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The Share ibutton

Next, scroll down and tap Print. See below image:

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The Print option

Using two fingers, pinch your fingers apart as if zooming on the Print Preview. This will generate a PDF and show a new view. Refer to below image:

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Print Preview

In this Print Preview PDF view, tap the Share button in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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The Share button

Select your choice to save the PDF to Files, send as an iMessage or an email. Refer to below image:

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The Save to Files option

Sharing a PDF from Print Preview is easy and works on all apps where printing is supported.

Printing Labels

For now, the only way to print labels for contacts is through third-party apps. This feature has been built-into Macs for years.

If you are using Avery Labels for printing contact sheets, there are two apps worth mentioning. Click on the links below to download from the Apple App Store.

Label Printer for $2.99 and the free Label Printer Lite.

Address Labels for CardLists for $1.99.

Both of these apps have numerous features. You can print multiple contacts or a single contact on a sheet, select templates from Avery and others, add a graphic to your labels, design your label, manually adjust alignment, and much more.

Managing Your Print Jobs and Ink Levels

You can check the ink or toner levels to ensure you have plenty for your print project. Once you have spooled a print job, you can monitor its status or cancel it.

Check Your Ink Levels

With iOS and iPadOS you are able to view your ink or toner levels without a computer. This is easily to do.

Select the Share (or Print) button in the app. Refer to image one above.

Next, scroll down and tap Print. Refer to image two above.

Now, tap the right hand arrow beside an available printer name. See following image:

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Selecting your printer

Select the “i” with an enclosed circle button beside the available printer name. Refer to below image:

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Your selected printer

If there is no printer listed, you do not have a wireless printer and/or lack support for the AirPrint feature; you may skip this section. Nearly all modern day printers support AirPrint.

You will now be viewing the Printer Info which contains ink levels, name and location (if supplied by the printer or printer server). See following image:

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Your printer ink levels

Viewing ink or toner levels can be done from the iOS or iPadOS Print Setup dialog in any app that supports it.

Manage Print Jobs

When you print with AirPrint, you are able to manage your print jobs. Once a print job has been started, you can look at the status of the job and/or cancel the job. This can be done by opening the App Switcher (double-tap the Home button if you have one). For Face ID devices, swipe up partially on the screen, hold, then release.

You’ll see the printer job app at the top of the screen. Just tap it to see the print details like how many pages are being printed and which page is active in the queue. Tap the Cancel Printing button to stop any active print jobs. See below image:

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An active print job

If the print queue is empty,, you will receive a message about no print jobs. Refer to below image:

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No active print jobs

When printing in IOS or iPadOS, a new app will appear in the App Switcher for non-Face ID and Face ID devices to manage print jobs.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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