PrintHand is a mobile printing solution available today on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Google Glass platforms. No matter what printer type you have or what its connection capabilities are, you can print from your mobile device on it. There are several options available, some require a computer and some do not. Either way, you need to install our mobile application on your device in order to print.
PrintHand Mobile Print application is free to install.
With the free PrintHand Mobile Print app you can check compatibility with your printer by printing a test page (doing so is highly recommended) and choose the right printing options. However, you cannot go beyond printing the test page.
In order to print real pages you'll need to upgrade to the Premium Mode. You can do so from within the application and will be prompted to do so right before printing. You can also upgrade in advance or purchase the PrintHand Mobile Print Premium app right from the marketplace corresponding to your device. It's a one-time charge which includes all future updates.
No, you don't need a computer in most cases.
If you have a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth printer, you can print directly from mobile device to it without a computer being involved. You can also connect the printer via USB cable if the device supports USB host functionality available on Android 4.0 and above.
If your printer is a part of local network and is already connected to a computer, print server or hub you can print to it as well.
For more about printing options please visit our Help Section
If you print directly from a mobile device on a compatible printer via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB or by sharing it on the network using standard Windows or Mac tools, you don't need our computer software - PrintHand Client. However, if you run into any compatibility or quality issues, you may consider installing PrintHand Client available on Mac and PC. In this case we rely on a Windows, Mac or Linux driver for your printer versus the one running on mobile device. This guarantees you can print from a mobile device, as long as you can print from a computer. For more information on printing options please visit our Help Section
No, your data travels directly from your mobile device to the selected printer, possibly through your computer the printer is connected to. One exception to this is Google Cloud printing which requires the data to be sent to the cloud, consequently received by your computer or printer.
PrintHand requires access to your messages, personal information, network communication and other important privileges for printing purposes only.
The app asks the OS of your mobile device for these permissions to print your information which may be found almost anywhere - from the internal memory of the mobile device to email or cloud services.
Access to your account information is required for Gmail, Google Docs and Google Cloud Print. You'll be asked to allow all these permissions during installation, regardless whether or not you use all the services.
You can print emails and attachments directly from PrintHand. On Android, Gmail functionality is built-in and you can easily connect to your account from within PrintHand, then print. For other email providers such as Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, etc. a few configuration steps are required. Alternatively you can open your email in a browser and print it as a web page.
There are two apps on Google Play that go under name "PrintHand": PrintHand Mobile Print Premium and PrintHand Mobile Print. Even though these two apps have the same set of features and are updated simultaneously, they are nominally different and are considered to be two different apps by Google Play market. This is how Google Play Store or any other app marketplaces handle in-app purchases - they are not displayed as purchased if you look in the list of purchased apps, but you should not worry that you may lose your purchase or fail to retrieve it, because every purchase is still recorded by Google and you can see the complete list of your purchases if you log in to your account on Google Wallet.
Whether you are starving for knowledge or simply searching for some tips and tricks, you are welcome to download our PrintHand User Guide (PDF, ~10MB) where you can find loads of useful information about the app and printing from your mobile device.
To navigate the Guide you can use the Table of contents or simply search for keywords in the PDF file. Just press Ctrl+F or Command+F and type in the keyword of your interest.
If you cannot find something regarding PrintHand in our Guide - you can still contact us directly.