How to print photos from WhatsApp

by James

A friend has just sent you a beautiful photo on WhatsApp and you, still being impractical on what to do, would like to figure out how to print it directly from there? Well, then I’d say you’ve landed on the right guide, at the right time. Look at what a coincidence: with this article of mine today, I really wanted to explain how to print photos from WhatsApp.

Starting from the fundamental assumption that the thing is very feasible (and also very simple to implement), in the following lines we will find out, together, how to achieve the goal both from a smartphone and from a computer. Before anything else, though, you’ll want to make sure you have a printer that can connect to your device.

Then? May I know what you’re still doing there, impaled? Sit back, take a break, and start focusing on reading everything below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that you will also be ready to say that it was actually a real piece of cake. What do you say, we bet?

Getting Started

Before getting to the heart of the subject, going to explain how to print photos from WhatsApp, there are some preliminary operations that you must necessarily carry out in order to carry out the operation in question, whether you want to act from a PC or a smartphone.

First of all, make sure that you have a printer available and that it is turned on and connected to your home network to the internet. It’s not a complicated operation: once you have connected the printer to the power supply and turned it on using the appropriate button, you must follow the instructions to configure it on your home network, appropriately following the instructions provided in the printer’s user manual and in the software.

At this point, printing from a PC shouldn’t be a problem for you. On smartphones, on the other hand, especially if they are Android devices, you have to get the plugins for printing services related to the brand and model of printer. To do this you need to download and install the appropriate app from the Play Store: for more details see this tutorial of mine.

As for iPhone, if your printer supports Wi-Fi connectivity and AirPrint technology, you won’t need to go through any special procedures. If not, you may need to use specific apps that can solve the problem.

After following the steps above, it’s time to launch WhatsApp on your device (smartphone or PC) to print the photos of your choice. Let’s see in the next chapters how to achieve this goal.

How to Print Photos from WhatsApp on Android

Are you using an Android smartphone and would like to understand how to print photos from WhatsApp? I’ll explain it to you right away. To begin with, launch the WhatsApp app via its quick launch icon that you find on the home screen or in the drawer.

Once you’re on the app’s home screen, select the Chats tab, open the conversation you’re interested in, and find the photo you want to print within it.

If you can’t find the photo, you can access the section containing all the media files of the conversation: tap on the name of the user or group and click on the wording Media, links and documents; Move to the Media tab and locate the photo you want to print by tapping on it.

Now, tap on the (…) icon at the top right, tap on Share and select Print or the print app. All you have to do is select the printer, adjust the print settings and then press the print button to finish.

As an alternative to the above procedure, you can also browse WhatsApp photos from your device’s media gallery. You must first have enabled the saving of photos in the gallery: on the main screen of WhatsApp, press on the (…) icon at the top, select the items Settings > Chats and move the toggle next to the wording Media visibility to ON.

By doing so, open the Gallery app, open the photo you want to print, tap on the share icon and select the Print item or the print plugin. Then select the printer and press the print button to finish.

Keep in mind that the procedures for printing WhatsApp photos directly from your device’s gallery may differ depending on the Android model and version of your smartphone.

How to Print Photos from WhatsApp on iPhone

Are you using an iPhone? So let’s see how to print photos from WhatsApp from Apple’s smartphone. For starters, launch the WhatsApp app on iOS via its quick launch icon on the home screen or in the App Library.

On the WhatsApp home screen, select the Chats tab and open the conversation that contains the photo you want to print. Now, tap on the photo and tap on the share icon at the bottom.

If you can’t find the photo you want to print, tap on the name of the user or group at the top and tap on Media, links, documents. Move to the Media tab, locate the photo, tap on it and press the share icon.

Now, in the bottom box, press on the Share button and, on the screen that is shown to you, scroll through the different items and press on the one called Print. Click on the Printer item, choose your network printer, configure the print settings and tap on the Print item at the top to finish.

If you’ve chosen to save WhatsApp photos to your iOS camera roll, you can also take action from the Photos app. To check if you have activated this WhatsApp feature, launch this messaging service, select the Settings tab at the bottom and press on the item Chats. Make sure the toggle next to Save to Photo is set to ON.

At this point, launch the Photos app, open the WhatsApp album, press on the photo to be printed and follow the same procedure that I indicated in the previous paragraphs to send the photo to the printer.


How to Print Photos from WhatsApp to PC

Now let’s move on to the computer side and find out how to print photos from WhatsApp using the service’s client for Windows and macOS or WhatsApp Web, the version of the famous messaging service that works directly from the browser.

I remind you that to use WhatsApp from a PC, you need to download and install the desktop client, in case you want to use the appropriate application. You also need to log in to WhatsApp by scanning the QR code.

In case you want to print WhatsApp photo from Windows PC, after launching the WhatsApp desktop client, open the conversation and then click on the photo to print and hit on the (…) icon at the top right.

In case you can’t find the photo in question, click on the name of the user or group at the top, press on the Media tab, locate the photo and click on it.

In the box that appears to you, select the Open with another app option to open the image with Windows’ built-in photo viewer app or any other software that is suitable for the purpose.

Once the image is open, look for the printer icon at the top of the app and select the desired printer. Finally, press the print button to complete the operation.

If you’re using the WhatsApp desktop client on a Mac, the process is a little different. After launching WhatsApp and opening the conversation, click on the (…) icon in the top right corner and press on the Save to Download item.

After that, open the newly saved image in your Downloads folder and use macOS Preview or another similar software to view it. Once the image is open, press on the File > Print items in the top menu bar, choose the desired printer and press the print button.

As far as WhatsApp Web is concerned, the process is similar to that seen in the previous paragraphs. After reaching the WhatsApp Web platform, open the conversation and then click on the photo you want to print.

Now, press on the down arrow icon to download the image to your computer. Next, open it using your operating system’s default image viewer and proceed with printing by following the same procedures as described for the Windows and Mac desktop client.

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