Since day one of having my iPhone (back in the 2g days) I have been an iphotographer. Now that I have the latest iPhone and apps like Instagram and others that allow me to filter and crop my photos I have some pretty nice photos living on my phone. Most of these photos make their way onto Facebook – and when I remember they are backed up on my computer. But I had never thought to look for apps that would allow me to print directly from the phone. Any app that can save me the step of iPhone to computer to XYZ wins cool points in my book! And so, I’m excited to present you with 9 apps that will help you order real life prints of your photos. Have I missed any?
Not only the app is free but even the prints (there is a very reasonable shipping fee)! Almost 100 photos (4×6) a month for free is something amazing. Not surprisingly they are very popular, since it is not just free but the quality is also high. I don’t know how can they make this for free but I should not worry about that but enjoy the free prints.
I’m listing this app first because of it’s versatility. Photos: you have the option of uploading photos (multiple) from your camera roll or using the camera – you can also upload to Facebook & Walgreens inside this app. After uploading your photos easily order prints with a big “Print & Share” bottom. The checkout process on the photo is pretty seamless! I was impressed. In addition to cheap photo printing the Walgreen’s app also has so cool features related to the Walgreen’s store – such as barcode scanning to renew your prescription, view weekly af sheets, create a shopping list, and shop the Walgreen’s online store. I think I might just order contact solution with my next photo order.
LifePics lets you order prints from several local stores on their network – Photofinisher Network. According to their website there are over 12,000 stores located all over the world. Office Depot and Ritz/Wolf Camera are the closest for me. The singup and photo upload process is pretty simple. The app uses your GPS to find local stores near you that you can order photos from. You can also use this app easily while traveling just use the “Get Location” option to find stores on the go. The prices range based on which retailer you pick inside the app so it might be worth viewing options. 4×6 at Office Depot run $0.15 each.
Photo Print (Free)
If you want the option of ordering photos and having them shipped to you rather than picking them up at a local store Photo Print may be for you. The price per photo is a little high for my tastes but they do advertise that they are a time saving option for people who need to mail photos to multiple people.
PostalPix Photo Prints (Free)
Instagram folks will be excited to know that PostalPix offers square printing options! 4″x4″ photos start at 49 cents. PostalPix currently offers 4×6 standard prints, 4×4 square prints, 8×10 poster prints, and mouse pads. Pricing for their prints is quite competitive to local drug stores if you are order multiple photos and I was very impressed with the shipping costs. Nice usability in the app. I think this solution is great for on the go professionals and parents too busy to run to the store.
Shutterfly is a popular photo sharing site that provides a large number of personalized photo gifts- calendars, photo books, coffee mugs, calendars and more. I am assuming because of the diversity of their photo offers that is why Shutterfly opted not to add the Cart/Order process directly in the app. But you can upload your iPhone photos into your shared Shutterfly albums from the phone or using the camera directly. Shutterfly offers discounts and promotions frequently so I’d recommend this option for parents who will be printing multiple copies and ordering photo gifts from photos of their little ones.
Snapfish is similiar to Shutterfly in that you can order customized gifts from your photos. The app allows you to add photos to your albums and download existing photos from your online album onto your phone. The multiple upload feature worked pretty quickly. Perhaps a photo book of your instagram photos might make a fun coffee table book!
CVS Photo (Free)
there is a CVS less than a mile from my house. So CVS photo center is my go-to photo printing source. Until I discovered this app I saved photos from my iPhone to my computer then ordered prints on CVS website for pick-up at their 1 hour printing station. The photo function is now part of the integrated CVS app.
Print Studio (Free)
High quality prints with beautiful templates. It is possible to print your photos as postcards or photo books. The delivery is also very fast, photos might arrive the day when ordered.
For those who want to use their own printer.
HP ePrint (Free)
Modern HP printer owners can use this app to send photos via Wi-Fi connection directly to the printer. It can be also used without a compatible printer and pick up photos in HP Public Print Locations.