Best portable photo printers for smartphones

Melisha Kaur, Adebola Lamuye

Thanks to smartphones and digital cameras, capturing those special moments couldn’t be easier. But in today’s age of social media, many of us don’t print out our pictures anymore. Instead of a photo album, they end up tucked away in camera rolls.

With the warmer season approaching, we think there’s no better time to have a screen break and print off some photos to pin up in real life. A portable printer allows you to print directly from your phone, making the process a breeze.

Unlike its hefty counterpart, this device can be taken almost anywhere and comes with customise features that the Instagram generation will appreciate.

Here’s our pick of the best on the market.

HP Sprocket

In the size of a cell phone, this sleek HP offering provides 5 x 7.6 cm photographs and comes with 10 sheets to get you started. Add a personal touch by using the free HP Sprocket app to customise your pictures with borders and emojis, making the time with your loved ones more memorable.

£120, Amazon, Buy it now

Polaroid Zip Instant Print Mobile Printer

Now you can enjoy all the fun of Polaroid instant print without needing a camera. It prints straight from your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth or NFC technology from any place. With no ink needed, it produces high-quality images on to Zink photo paper in vibrant colour – which are immediately smudge-proof to make things easier.

£109, Amazon, Buy it now

Fujifilm Instax SP-1

Turn your most unforgettable smartphone snaps into instant photos with the nifty Instax Share. With a variety of templates and filters, it utilises Instax Mini instant colour film and includes 20 shots. Print anywhere, anytime and make copies using the reprint button.

£190, Amazon, Buy it now

Lifeprint Photo and Video Printer

This augmented-reality printer (available with a free app) allows your photos to come to life using posts from Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Animated GIFs. Just one battery charge offers up to 20 prints, while the ink-free printing process is totally eco-friendly. What’s more, the pictures are printed on sticky-back paper that lets you show them off in any space you like.

From £135, Apple, Buy it now

The Prynt Case

Transform your phone into an instant camera and print your photos from this case. Whether you’re printing old or new snaps, simply plug the device into your phone using its lightening port and press the shutter button. One of the best things about this option is its speedy print time of just a matter of seconds. You can use the Prynt app to make videos, too.

£122.39, Amazon, Buy it now