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Nov 19

What do I do with all these pictures on my phone??

Before smartphones and digital cameras, parents and grandparents used to carry what I called a “brag book”.   They’d pull out a 3×5 or 4×6 book of the latest pictures and everyone would ooh and aah over the latest pics of the kids. But today, you can carry thousands of pictures on your phone, and if you have kids or grand kids, you probably get new, updated photos sent to you all the time.

Recently I was at a friend’s house celebrating the birth of their grandchild.  And the question came up from a couple of folks about how to print the photos on the phone so that I can frame them or show them to everyone on something other than a 4 or 5 inch screen.

Now most of us know that if you’re technically savvy you can either transfer the picture to a computer, load some photo paper into the printer, change the print cartridges (on some printers you need to do this for photos) and print the picture.  And if you’re really savvy, you have a printer that you can print to directly from your phone or tablet (after you load the paper and the cartridges for photo printing). But a lot of grandparents (and some parents) just don’t have the skills or knowledge to do this.

If all you want to do is print a few of the best pictures so you can put them in a frame and display them, why go through all that hassle. There’s a few quick and easy ways to get those prints on paper right from your phone!

A lot of places, like Fedex Office, Walmart and Target will let you print from a camera’s memory card, but I’ve found that if you want to print right from your phone and just pick up the finished pictures, the best place to get those photos processed are at either Walgreen’s or CVS.  You can send them to print right from the Walgreens or CVS App.  If you don’t have the app, just download it from the app store.

I’m going to show you how easy the Walgreen’s app is to use here, but rest assured, CVS is nearly the same. First, open the app and select “PHOTO”

On the next screen is where you want to upload the photos from.  In this case, I want to upload the photos from my phone…

Next you’ll be taken to a screen that shows you the albums and camera roll for your phone.  Just open the one that has the picture or pictures you’d like to print and select them. Next click on “Print to Walgreens” at the bottom of the screen.