How Large Can You Print iPhone Photos?

Are iPhone photos good enough quality to print?  The answer might surprise you…

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My friends ask me all the time how large they can print their iPhone photos. I even have people asking me if I can print my iPhone landscape shots for them on a canvas. I have to be honest, before I did research for this post I confess I didn’t really know.

Just like you, I mostly use my iPhone photos online. Of course we print 4×6 prints for family at Christmas and stuff but how large can you realistically print the photos before you start losing quality? I’ve created this simple chart for reference.

RECOMMENDED IPHONE PHOTO PRINT SIZES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

HOW TO USE THE CHART:

The qualities are broken down into 3 types, Good, Better, and Best. For instance if you are shooting an iPhone 7, the largest recommended size you can print for “Better Quality” is at a 21.44” x 14.24“. This means you could print a full resolution iPhone photo at a typical 8″ x 10″ or 11″x 14″ with no problems (and probably larger). See the chart below for more specifics.

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Note: these numbers and recommendations are based on full quality iPhone photos that have not been reduced in size. If you shoot at a lower quality photo (with a third party app) or edit in a third party app like Instagram it may not be saving the full resolution image and these sizes are not relevant. I suggest you shoot with Camera+ at full resolution or the native Camera App. I recommend editing in Snapseed or VSCOcam.

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HAVE YOU EVER PRINTED AN iPHONE PHOTO TOO BIG? Where do you print them to get great quality prints?

 

 

 

  • Joe Angel

    Please check your print size chart… It is saying that low quality 150dpi can print 16x20s while high quality 300dpi can print 8x10s max.

    • Carrie

      No – it’s saying that a 16×20 photo from an 8mp camera will have “good quality” – if you want “best quality” you’ll need to keep print sizes around 8×10.

  • calden74

    A camera phone in general shouldn’t be used if your printing anything larger than a A4 sheet of people. Even than it’s just okay. The problem isn’t the mega-pixels but the size of the sensor. It’s why I still carry around a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1, the only phone on the market with a proper camera module that contains a 1″ 20MP sensor, the pictures are not only incredible but I can even print out posters without any Pixelization. The phone specs are still more than adequate for my needs, Qualcomm 801, 2GB RAM, 1080P 4.7″ display, ~469 ppi pixel density. If you can find one I highly recommend grabbing one. Even the Nokia 808 Pureview is still a fantastic shooter.