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How to print from your smartphone

Alternatives to home printing

Printing to your own printer at home is nice, but if you don't print much then setting all this up could be an unneeded hassle.

When it comes to photo printing, major stores around you like Walgreens, Target, Walmart and others will print photos right from your phone. Some stores, like Walgreens, let you order photos from the app and then pick them up later. There are also third-party apps that can do this.

Or you can visit online services like Snapfish and Shutterfly that also let you upload photos and order prints.

Alternatives to printing in general

Before you decide to print something, it's a good idea to ask if it really needs to be in paper form. Google Cloud Print lets you "print" files to your Google Drive account where you can share them with people.

AirPrint lets you "print" files to PDF, which you can then email or share online. The beauty of digital files is you can organize them, share them and not lose them as easily, while still saving money on paper and ink.

If you must print something, here are five ways to stop wasting printer ink and money.

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