New in iOS 9: Native print preview

iOS 9 Print Preview

I don’t often use AirPrint to print from my iPad or iPhone, but occasionally I find the need to do so. One of the things that’s always bugged me about printing from my iPad is the lack of any sort of print preview.

Prior to iOS 9, if you wanted to print directly from the native iOS share sheet, you pretty much had to go into the whole ordeal blind, as you weren’t provided with a print preview. With iOS 9, things have changed. You’ll now find a native print preview option whenever you invoke the printing dialogue from the native share sheet.

iOS 9 Print Preview 2

If you have multiple pages on a print preview, you can tap and hold on any page to curate the pages that are printed. For example, if you tap and hold on the first page, you can select “Stop after Page 1” or “Skip Page 1” and the pages that are omitted will be greyed out. Alternatively, you can still use the Range option above the print preview to curate the printed pages.

Print preview is a welcomed addition to iOS, and makes printing from an iOS device more on par with the desktop printing experience. It’s a small but noteworthy change for anyone who prints often from their iPad or iPhone.

What do you think about iOS 9’s native print preview support? Are you happy to see it?