Epson Printers Gain Siri Shortcuts Support for Voice-Activated Printing

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Printer company Epson today announced the launch of voice-activated mobile printing support for Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. With the addition, iOS users can snap a photo and ask ‌Siri‌ to print to a compatible Epson printer thanks to ‌Siri‌ Shortcuts.


You'll need the Epson iPrint app, which now supports Apple's new Shortcuts app on iOS. After the shortcut is installed, you can set up a voice activation phrase for printing, and when an image is displayed on your iPhone ask ‌Siri‌ to print it, even if you aren't home.

Other commands supported include scanning a document with an ‌iPhone‌, iPad, or the Epson printer, and you can also ask ‌Siri‌ how much ink you have left in the printer. The company says all of these Shortcuts will help streamline printing and scanning documents since you will no longer have to navigate any software menus.

“Our customers have overloaded daily routines and are always looking for ways to save time and quickly get errands done,” said Jack Rieger, senior product manager of software and user experience, Epson America. “By expanding compatibility with some of the top smart home voice assistants, Epson is committed to making printing and scanning easier and more efficient for all of our busy customers.”

Compatible printers include those with support for the Epson Connect service, like Epson EcoTank, WorkForce, and Expression models. Once enabled, you can say "Hey ‌Siri‌, open Epson printer" to get started.

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17 months ago

They still make personal printers? Wow.

I just go to Staples for the 3 pages I need printed every year.

Speak for yourself, having a printer at home is convenient for me, as I'm always printing flyers and stuff for school
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17 months ago
Absolutely pointless.
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17 months ago
We ditched the ink-hungry and unreliable Epson years ago. We got tired of the waste, the unreliability, and being held ransom for one empty color when all we needed to do was print a monochrome document.

We switched to Brother laser printers and haven’t regretted it once.
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17 months ago
Yup, this is what we need. *facepalm*

In the words of Pam Beesly... "When a child gets behind the wheel of a car and runs into a tree, You don't blame the child. He didn't know any better. You blame the 30-year-old woman who got in the passenger seat and said, "Drive, kid. I trust you."
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17 months ago
Who is ever going to use this?
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