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Best Photo Printers for iPhone iMore 2021

We snap a bunch of photos with our iPhones every day. Sometimes, we actually want to print those memories out on, you know, paper so we can stick them into an album or frame. There are plenty of photo printers out there that let us connect wirelessly with our iPhone to print photos to slap them into a photo album or just on the fridge. Still, we think the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link is one of the best photo printers for iPhone for most people.

Fujifilm Instax Mini LifestyleSource: Fujifilm

The best photo printer for iPhone is the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer. Using the Instax Mini Link is a cinch. Just download the free Fujifilm app, connect your iPhone to the printer via Bluetooth, and you're good to go.

The Instax Mini Link lets you add creative filters and frames to photos, and you can even print still pictures from video footage. It takes about 12 seconds to print an image from your iPhone, and the colors will wow you! You'll get high-quality glossy photos with the bright hues Fujifilm is famous for.

Grab the affordable Fujifilm Instax Mini Link in one of three colors: dusty pink, dark denim, or ash white. This model is compatible with iOS and Android and offers high-speed continuous printing on-the-go. My one complaint is that there's no low battery LED light on this printer, so you'll have to guess how long the battery will last. Aside from that, this is tops on our list of the best photo printers for iPhone.

Pros:

  • Super compact
  • Print up to 100 photos at one time
  • Easy to use
  • Beautiful colors
  • Connects via Bluetooth

Cons:

  • No low battery light

Best Overall

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Denim Render Cropped

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link

Simple and affordable

The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link connects over Bluetooth, delivers superb photos, and is small enough to take anywhere.

Best for All Ages: Kodak Smile

Kodak Smile Printer LifestyleSource: Kodak

Some portable printers come with a manual a mile long, and they're still confusing to use. The Kodak Smile Instant Digital Bluetooth Printer is different. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned photographer, you can snap pics on your phone and transfer them over to the Kodak Smile with the free Kodak app and print anything in seconds.

The Kodak Smile outputs shiny, bright pics on 2x3 Zink paper. Photos are editable in the Smile app. You can adjust color, lighting, crop pics, and apply fun effects before printing or posting to social media. The only possible miss here is that photos have an antiquated look. This is intentional but may not be for all.

The Kodak Smile is a mini printer that's simple and fun to use. It charges in less than two hours and prints up to 40 pictures per charge. Get it now in white, blue, black, red, or green.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Edit photos in the app
  • Available in four colors
  • Connects via Bluetooth

Cons:

  • Photo colors not for all

Best for All Ages

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Kodak Smile

Fun and beginner-friendly

The Kodak Smile works over Bluetooth, outputting antique-looking instant prints in seconds.

Best Size: Polaroid ZIP

Polaroid ZIP PrinterSource: Polaroid

When it comes to iPhone photo printers, the smaller they are, the better. The Polaroid ZIP is one of our favorite mobile printers. It clocks in at 0.87-by-2.91-by-4.72 inches, so it's fairly small and compact enough to carry around daily, and the rechargeable battery prints 25 photos on a single charge. It connects to your iPhone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and all you need is the free Polaroid mobile app, where you select and edit the photos to print out or connect it to your social media accounts. The app also lets you add fun things like stickers, filters, borders, create a mini collage, and more.

Prints from the Polaroid ZIP come out on 2x3 ZINK Zero Ink paper with sticky backs, which are the perfect size for scrapbooks, refrigerators, albums, and notebooks. Since the prints are on ZINK paper, that means there is no need for film, ink, toners, cartridges, or ribbons. Just connect, select, print! All printed photos come out colorful, bold, and lifelike while also being water-resistant, tear-resistant, smudge-proof, and dry within seconds.

Pros:

  • Small and compact
  • Prints 25 photos on a single charge
  • Connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • High-quality prints on sticky-backed ZINK paper
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • Only comes with 10 sheets of paper
  • Paper refills can be expensive
  • Prints only in 2x3 size

Best Size

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Polaroid ZIP

Great value and quality

Polaroid ZIP is a popular choice because it is compact, easy to use, and the ZINK prints are good quality.

Best Large Prints: Kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer

Kodak Printer dockSource: iMore

Many portable photo printers only print out in the small 2x3 size, which isn't ideal if you want to frame them to display. If you want larger prints, like the standard 4x6 size, then the Kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer is a good option.

While it is not as compact and even a bit bulky, it's worth it for the 4x6 printing capability. The Dock connects directly to your iPhone via an adapter (and charges it while printing), or you can connect via USB cable or Wi-Fi. The Kodak Printer Dock app lets you put stickers, filters, card templates, and more on your photos for extra fun.

As far as prints go, the Kodak Dock uses thermal transfer technology, so there isn't ink to deal with, but you need to get the photo cartridges. Prints will be vivid in color, and high resolution, so fine details should appear. The thermal print won't bleed or fade, so it'll last quite a while.

Pros:

  • Prints 4x6 size
  • Simultaneous charging of multiple devices
  • Connects via Dock adapter, USB cable, or Wi-Fi
  • High-quality prints
  • App lets you customize and edit photos before printing

Cons:

  • Not very compact
  • Requires photo cartridges
  • Expensive

Best Large Prints

Kodak Dock

Kodak Dock Instant Photo Printer

Large prints from home

Kodak Dock can do 4x6 size prints. The Dock also charges simultaneously, and you can connect via USB or Wi-Fi.

Best Innovation: Lifeprint Portable Photo and Video Printer

Lifeprint photo printer in travel bagSource: Lifeprint

Looking for a printer that can do more than just print photos? If so, then consider Lifeprint — it does some wickedly cool Harry Potter magic to your prints to make them come to life through augmented reality (AR).

The Lifeprint printer is small and compact enough for you to take anywhere and wow your friends, as long as you're connected through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone. With Lifeprint, you can print photos from your device from the Lifeprint app or just connect it to your social media accounts and print directly from there. The app also lets you share your real photos with friends and family (as long as they have the app), so they can print your photos from wherever they are too.

Prints with Lifeprint use ZINK technology, so you don't need ink cartridges or toner. The 3x4 size Lifeprint printer also means you get larger prints than the standard 2x3 sizes of other printers, though Lifeprint also comes in a smaller size if you want.

The real fun with Lifeprint lies behind the AR technology. This works by having the app embed a video inside your photo print, and then you can view the video as you point your device's camera at it through the Lifeprint app. Think of the moving pictures in the world of Harry Potter because that's what this is similar to.

It's definitely different, and you shouldn't expect high-quality prints from Lifeprint, but the added AR element spices things up from the norm.

Pros:

  • Small and compact size
  • Two sizes available (2x3 or 3x4)
  • Unique AR element
  • Connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, one-touch printing
  • Uses ZINK technology

Cons:

  • Definitely "gimmicky"
  • Not the best quality prints

Best Innovation

Lifeprint 3x4 Portable Photo Printer

Lifeprint Portable Photo and Video Printer

Creative prints

Lifeprint's AR implementation lets you be more creative. It's pricey, though, and the prints aren't the best quality.

Bottom line

There are plenty of great portable photo printers to work with your iPhone, but our favorite is still the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link. It's not a new product, but it works very well and is a trendy pick in the market for good reason. The prints from it are high quality for the price, and it's compact enough to be carried around everywhere you go.

The prints are bright and colorful and come out on high-quality glossy photo paper. Best of all, the Instax Mini Link is so small that you can slide it in your pocket or back and hit the road.

The Instax Mini Link connects over Bluetooth, so it's guaranteed to work with new or older model iPhones. We think this is one of the best photo printers for iPhone today with fun filters and frames and continuous printing.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author: Christine Romero-Chan

Christine Romero-Chan is a big fan of iPhone photography and loves to go out and take pictures with her iPhone. She likes to get those pictures printed out now and then, so she knows about iPhone photo printers like the back of her hand.

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