Does the Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer connect to your phone?

Yellow Polaroid Mint Camera Printer being held in hand while printing out a photo
Yellow Polaroid Mint Camera Printer being held in hand while printing out a photo

Does the Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer connect to your phone?

Best Answer: No, the Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer doesn't connect to your phone. It's only capable of printing out new pictures that you take with the camera itself, so you can't print out previous snapshots stored on an optional microSD card, nor can you connect your phone to it to print out your smartphone photographs. However, the Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer is a portable printer that connects to Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth to print your existing photos.Amazon: Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer (opens in new tab) ($130)Amazon: Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer (opens in new tab) ($100)

So the Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 Camera & Printer only prints new captures?

That's correct. The Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer is a 16-megapixel instant camera that comes equipped with an LED flash that goes off automatically depending on light conditions, shoots in three color modes (color, black and white, and sepia), can add a classic Polaroid frame to your prints, features a 10-second timer, has a selfie mirror on the front, and works in portrait orientation, just like on your smartphone.

As long as there is ZINK paper loaded in the Mint Camera & Printer. it will print photos, but only new captures that you take with the camera itself. It does not feature any Bluetooth connectivity, so it's unable to connect to your smartphone with the Polaroid Mint app.

Optionally, you could use a microSD card with your Mint Camera & Printer to store digital copies of your captures and then transfer them over to your computer later, but it's also impossible to print these out later with the Camera & Printer.

Only the Mint Pocket Printer connects to my phone then? What's the difference?

Yes, only the Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer is able to connect to your smartphone through the Polaroid Mint app on the App Store (opens in new tab) and Google Play (opens in new tab). The app allows users to view and make edits to their photos to ensure they're ready to go before being shared or printed.

With the Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer, you're able to connect to your smartphone directly through Bluetooth and send your photos to the printer to get printed out on 2-inch by 3-inch ZINK paper.

The Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer, like the Camera & Printer, charges through a standard microUSB cable. The Pocket Printer can print up to 50 photos on a single charge.

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

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