Smart ways to use your wireless printer

With a Canon wireless printer and apps, you can print anything you want from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection, and keep on top of work, studies and home admin all from your smartphone. Discover the many possibilities.
A person uses the Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app on a tablet to wirelessly print an image of a family on a Canon PIXMA printer on a desk.

Every office and classroom needs a printer – and, as times change, and more of us choose to work and study remotely, every home needs one too.

One of the best things about working from home is that you can work in whatever room suits your mood. Adding a wireless and cloud-enabled printer to the mix means you don't need to be sat next to your printer – you can print from anywhere you like. So, if you want to work on the sofa in the morning and move out to the garden for some afternoon sunshine, you can. Send your documents to print whenever you're ready and then pick them up when you need them.

A user holds a smartphone showing a screen connecting to a Canon PIXMA G3570 Series printer via Wi-Fi.

Canon wireless printers are easy to set up and easy to use. With Wi-Fi connectivity and apps such as the Canon PRINT app, you can control your printer functions from your smartphone or tablet – more on that later. Setting up is straightforward, using the smartphone app or Canon's online support guide – just find your printer's model number and follow the step-by-step guide.

Wireless printing for the smart home

A person studies a print emerging from a Canon PIXMA printer on a table.

Compact yet highly versatile, the PIXMA TR4640 is an excellent choice for wireless home printing. Money-saving high-yield options are available for its black and tri-colour cartridges, and it's easy to use for printing, scanning, photocopying and even faxing.

A Canon MegaTank printer sits on a white desk between a laptop, a plant and some stationery.

Equally at home in the small office as well as the home office, the MAXIFY GX6040 is a MegaTank printer with high-capacity ink tanks that deliver exceptionally low total cost of ownership, compared with conventional laser and inkjet printers. The non-squeeze, individually keyed bottles of replacement ink make refilling a quick, straightforward and completely mess-free process.

Home life is woven together by Wi-Fi nowadays. Individuals, couples and families tend to rely on an assortment of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones on a daily basis. Add a Canon printer to your home Wi-Fi network and you can print wirelessly from all of these devices and more, from anywhere around the home. What's more, using Canon's apps, you can print or scan remotely from further afield, wherever you have a Wi-Fi connection, for example printing documents or photos on your home printer while you're on the train or in a coffee shop.

As well as being useful for producing letters and labels for day-to-day business, a printer can help you be more productive and effective. Reading a printout means you're much less likely to be distracted by on-screen notifications or incoming emails. It's also worth remembering that your eyes need regular breaks from the screen.

The Wi-Fi-enabled PIXMA G3470 Series (see video above) is ideal for the busy smart home, combining printing, scanning and photocopying with high-capacity ink tanks that deliver up to 6,000 mono and 7,700 colour documents.1 Canon's MegaTank system makes refilling easy too, with simple, mess-free and highly cost-effective ink bottles. The PIXMA G4470 adds an auto document feeder for fuss-free multi-page scanning and photocopying.

A teenager sits cross-legged on a bed, studying textbooks. A Canon PIXMA printer is on the table beside the bed.

A wireless printer is invaluable for school and college students, who can use it to print out assignments or final check their work. PIXMA Cloud Link also supports Google Classroom, which makes it easier for students to stay in touch with their teachers while studying at home.

It's not just professionals who benefit from having a wireless printer at home. PIXMA Cloud Link also supports Google Classroom, which means it's useful for school and college students. Google Classroom is designed to assist communication between teachers and students. Using PIXMA Cloud Link with Google Classroom means students can print lists of the classes they're taking, and print assignments directly from the printer screen or from their smart device via the Canon PRINT app. An additional benefit for teachers is that they can easily print class rosters to show the members of a selected class.

Canon apps take you further

A person takes hold of a print emerging from a Canon PIXMA printer. On the table next to the printer are several other prints.

The Canon PRINT app is the perfect printing companion for both families and office workers. You can scan, print, copy and even link to the cloud.

A person holds a tablet with a photograph of a group of friends on the screen. In the background, a Canon PIXMA printer is printing the same image.

Canon's range of apps, including Easy-PhotoPrint Editor and PosterArtist web-based software, make printing simple and allow you to unleash your creative side too.

For the ultimate in simplicity, versatility, efficiency and creativity, Canon offers a wide range of free-of-charge apps and software to enhance the wireless printing experience. With the Canon PRINT app, you can print, copy and scan wirelessly from smart devices, as well as alter print settings, check ink levels and run maintenance routines.

As we've seen, Canon's apps make it easy to print directly from your phone to a wireless printer. When you're working from home or off-site, using the Canon PRINT app with PIXMA Cloud Link enables you to wirelessly link to an office printer, so you can share documents with other members of staff. You can also scan documents remotely using your smartphone's camera and print them back at the office, or scan documents using the printer and send them to a smartphone. It works both ways.

Adding a creative flourish, the Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app gives you the option of turning your digital photos into stylish prints and unique gifts, with templates for calendars, cards, posters and more.

There's also the PosterArtist online service for creating your own posters, banners and flyers. The MAXIFY GX3040 and MAXIFY GX4040 MegaTank printers are particularly good for this, with a rear flat input tray that facilitates the creation of banners up to 1.2m in length and on paperboard media up to 0.7mm thick.

For Windows computers, Easy-Layout Editor is a useful expansion module for printer drivers that gives you an on-screen preview for laying out and printing multiple images. Or even without downloading an app, Canon printers that are compatible with Chromebooks, Apple AirPrint and Mopria® for Android enable you to simply connect and print wirelessly via the built-in printing protocol of your smartphone or tablet.

Seamless use

A Canon PIXMA printer on a table prints a template of a sunflower, while in the background a father and daughter are making the same sunflower.

Wireless printing means you don't have to be sat next to your printer, you don't have to have a dedicated home office space, and you can work – and play – where you want.

Ultimately, Canon's Wi-Fi-enabled printers and range of apps are engineered to work together seamlessly. From the physical control panels of the printers to the features and interfaces of the apps, everything is designed to be easy and intuitive to use, while giving you the freedom to complete all sorts of scanning and printing tasks as quickly and effortlessly as possible. With Canon in your corner, wireless printing is as easy as it gets.

Written by Angela Nicholson and Matthew Richards

  1. Page Yield is an estimated value based on Canon individual test method using the ISO/IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with replacement ink cartridge after initial setup.

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