Thanks to ever better resolution and more sophisticated technology, smartphones have long become the ideal photo camera for on the go.

Also practical: you always have your photo gallery with you in your pocket.

If you don't just want to save your pictures on your mobile phone, but also like to have them printed out in your hand, a mobile phone printer is a particularly compact option: the mobile phone, together with the mini printer, becomes a modern Polaroid camera.

Mini photo printers are not the only option for mobile phone users: If you like to use your smartphone as a small mobile office interface and want to print documents on the go (thanks to cloud services such as Google Drive, mobile work is becoming increasingly easier), the can also combine his smartphone with a mobile inkjet printer.

Although this is not quite as compact as a mobile phone printer for photos, it can still be taken anywhere without any problems in a laptop bag or the like.

Connect mobile phone to printer: Here's how

Both users of iPhones / iPads (and thus the iOS operating system) and owners of Android smartphones or tablets can use the mobile phone gadget without any problems.

The smartphones can be controlled via WLAN or connected to the photo printer via Bluetooth or NFC.

Almost every manufacturer also offers its own app, which is used as a kind of interface between smartphone and printer.

Here you can cut the photos to the appropriate print format.

Polaroid printer for mobile phones: nostalgia with a cool retro look


For example, the Polaroid ZIP mobile phone printer * is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

It is based on ZINK printing technology, which works entirely without ink.

A dedicated app not only simplifies operation, but also offers numerous design options such as filters or stickers with which the images can be provided.

The printer, which is operated with a rechargeable 500 mAh lithium polymer, is charged via a mini USB cable.

The ZIP mobile phone printer creates 25 prints per charge (which takes 1.5 hours).

The 2x3 “paper prints, which are printed on special photo paper, take about a minute.

With dimensions of 2.21 x 7.39 x 11.99 centimeters, the printer is extremely compact.

Photo printer mobile phone: Different models in a quick comparison

With the Sprocket *, HP also has a mobile photo printer with dimensions of 11.6 x 7.5 x 2.3 centimeters in its range.

Prints have a maximum size of 4 x 6 inches (or 10 x 15 cm).

The corresponding Photo Sprocket app is available in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.


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The Kodak Mini 2 HD Wireless Mobile * works very similarly, but prints in ink.

The manufacturer promises photos that dry immediately and “stay shiny for up to 10 years”.

With the Kodak Smile *, the company also has an inkless option in its range.


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With the Selphy *, Canon also has a model that is equally easy to use for iOS and Android.

The Canon Selphy CP1300 is a special mini printer for photos, which prints a maximum print format of 4 x 6 inches (or 10 x 15 cm), has its own Canon print app that works on both operating systems.

Android printer?

iPhone printer?

Android users can also control the printer via the Mopria plug-in - a kind of universal driver that an association of manufacturers such as Adobe and Samsung has created as a general standard.

The Mopria can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and works for a large number of models.

It also enables direct print jobs from Google apps or the Chrome browser.

Apple users can do the same with Apple AirPrint.


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Mini printer: can you still print documents?


If you don't just want to use your mobile phone for photos, but also want to print A4 documents, you cannot logically do this on a compact photo printer.

This is where a mobile printer like the HP Officejet 200 * comes in handy.

This is also available as an all-round device with a scanner and copier.


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Cell phone printers: who are they for?

If you just want to quickly print out your smartphone photos and do not value a large format, you could have a good and fast option with a cell phone printer to enjoy your photos in haptic form.

If you want to print larger formats, you will not get very far with a printer that fits in a trouser or jacket pocket - most printers print on credit card or postcard size.


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This article was first published on October 16, 2019.