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Sharpdesk Mobile

Sharp’s mobile print and scan solution for popular iOS, Android™, or Windows® mobile devices
Optimise the benefits of mobile working with Sharpdesk Mobile; Sharp’s powerful, cutting edge mobile printing and scanning application.  Users can connect to supported Sharp MFPs via wireless network from their iOS, Android™, or Windows® device for hassle-free printing, simplified scanning or seamless collaboration with other applications.

Optimise your mobile working with Sharp

Hassle-free Printing

Connect to a wireless network, select a document, preview and print directly to a supported Sharp MFP from a supported  iOS, Android or Windows device.

Simplified Scanning

Scan paper documents to PDF, JPEG, TIFF or PNG files for easy access by simply scanning from a Sharp MFP to your mobile device. The mobile device’s profile can be stored as a “scan-to” location on the MFP for easy access.

Seamless Collaboration with Other Applications

Sharpdesk Mobile allows seamless file sharing with other applications. Users can attach scanned files to email, share documents or print files from other supported mobile applications.

Features

Supported Mobile Devices

  • iOS* based mobile devices running iOS 6, 7 & 8
  • Android based mobile devices running Android™ 2.3, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 & 4.4.
    • Recommended screen resolution: 800 x 480 pixels and higher
  • Windows based mobile devices running:
    • V1.2.3: Windows® 8 Pro, Windows® 8 Enterprise, Windows® 8.1 Pro, Windows® 8.1 Enterprise, Windows® RT & Windows® RT 8.1
    • V2.1.1: Windows® 8.1 Pro, Windows® 8.1 Enterprise & Windows® RT 8.1
    • Minimum System Requirements: 1GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 20MB free HDD space and 1024 x 768 pixels screen resolution with DirectX® 9 graphics capability.  Recommended screen resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels. Touch screen is recommended.

Supported File Formats

  • PDF**, Encrypted PDF**, Compact PDF**
  • TIFF
  • PNG***
  • JPEG

 

* Bonjour must be enabled to auto-discover supported MFPs
** PostScript Expansion Kit is required to print PDFs
*** PNG is not supported by Windows based mobile devices

Specifications

Print

  • Conveniently print PDF, JPEG,TIFF or PNG files from a mobile device running iOS, Android™, or Windows®
  • Print files from other supported mobile applications
  • Easily print email text and attachments or webpages from supported mobile devices

Scan & Share

  • Scan and save files from a supported MFP to a mobile device running iOS, Android™, or Windows®
  • All scan settings and execution can be managed from a supported mobile device
  • Quickly send scanned files via email from a supported mobile device
  • Share scanned files with other supported mobile applications

Setup

  • Free download available from Apple App Store, Google Play™, or Windows® Store
  • Automatically discover and connect to a supported Sharp MFP
  • Manually add a supported Sharp MFP
  • No driver installations required
  • User authentication improves security

FAQs

Overall

Q1. Can’t download and install Sharpdesk Mobile in my device.

Please check if OS version in your device is supported by Sharpdesk Mobile. Upgrade the OS of the device to the version that is supported by Sharpdesk Mobile (see the support web page) if it can be upgraded.

 

Q2. “Find Printers/Scanners” takes a very long time on Android/Windows devices.

If many SNMP devices are connected to the same segment of network, automatic search will take a long time (approximately 10 seconds per device). Network printers/scanners mostly support SNMP.

 

Q3. Can’t view thumbnails for some of the data in the list of scanned files.

  1. If free memory (RAM) is insufficient, thumbnail image is not created. In this case, the default thumbnail image is displayed. Generally, rescanning the document with lower resolution or higher compression ratio may enable Sharpdesk Mobile to create the thumbnail. However, the operations such as Print, Attach to E-mail, Send to Another App or Manage Files work correctly with the image.
  2. This application is unable to create thumbnails/previews for some files even if this application can support to handle. Please see Appendix.

Q4.  On iOS devices, thumbnails (e.g. shade of the image) are corrupt for some of the files in the list of scanned data.

Some thumbnail images of PDF files that are not created by scanning may be corrupt, however the operations such as Print, Attach to E-mail, Send to Another App or Manage Files work correctly with the image.

Q5.  A message (Can’t preview an image) is displayed when I select a file to preview.

  1. If free memory (RAM) is insufficient, preview image is not created. Terminating unnecessary applications may enable Sharpdesk Mobile to display the preview image.  However, operations such as Print, Attach to E-mail, Send to Another App or Manage Files work correctly with the image.
  2. See Answer 2 of Q1-3.

Q6.  On iOS devices, can’t fit the preview image in the screen when I shrunk the image to the utmost limit.

It may occur on iOS 4.3. Updating iOS to 5 through 7 can solve the issue, however the operations such as print, attach to e-mail, send to another app or organize work correctly with the image even if you do not update iOS version of the device.

Q7. Scan or print cannot be operated on iOS devices that were updated to iOS 6.

  1. It is confirmed that the Wi-Fi network connection is shutdown immediately after connected. In this case, one way to solve this issue is to delete the Wi-Fi setting and connect again. The other way is to tap “Settings”>”General”>”Reset”>”Reset Network Settings”. Tap “Reset” in the popup, and then setup the network settings again.
  2. Please confirm Sharpdesk Mobile version of your device and update it to the latest version when necessary.

Q8. On Windows 8/RT devices, another application can be snapped during this application is running, however, this application cannot be operated if the size of this application is smaller in the screen.

This application cannot be operated as a snapped app. Slide the divider until the sizes are reversed.

 

Q9. How can version information and help be displayed on Windows-based devices?

Swipe the right edge of the screen to display the Charm. Then tap “Settings” in the Charm. Tap “Permissions” (“About” on Windows 8.1/RT 8.1 devices) to display the version information. Tap “Help” to display the help.

 

Q10.  There is a case that this application locks up or becomes unstable.

If you have large files scanned into this application, the application may use the device's free memory until the limit. In this case, these phenomena may occur. This will cause scanning, printing and application errors.

Application settings

Q1. No printers/scanners are displayed when tapping “Find Printers/Scanners” in “Printer/Scanner Settings.”

  1. It is necessary for printers/scanners to be connected to the same network segment as the device in the network. If they are connected to a different network segment than the device, tap “Add Manually” to enter the IP address of printer/scanner.
  2. Please confirm if “Public Get Community” and “Enter Community String(s)” are correctly configured in “Settings”-“Application Settings”-“SNMP Settings”.

 

Q2. Can’t print to the printer (scan from the scanner) whose IP address was entered in “Add Manually.”

  1. Please check if HTTP and FTP (or Raw print) are enabled between the network segments to which the device and the printer/scanner is connected respectively. Authentication for network connection or proxy setting may be necessary for particular environment.
  2. The port number configured on the printer may be different from the port number (default is 21 or 9100) entered in “Add Manually” on the device.  Please check the port number configured on the printer by the following method, and modify the configuration on the device. Browse the printer’s device Web page with your Web browser, check the port number configured in: [Application Settings]-[Setting for Print from the PC] (If “Use Raw Print” in “Application Settings” is off(unchecked)) [Network Settings]-[Print Port Settings]-[Raw]Tab (If “Use Raw Print” is on(checked)).

Q3. “Add Manually” can add the IP address of the same printer/scanner that has already been in the list. (There are more than 2 printers/scanners that have the same IP address but those names are different.)

That follows the specification of Sharpdesk Mobile. In case the printer/scanner is added manually, the name of the printer/scanner is the IP address. In case of “Find Printers/Scanners,” the name is the one that is configured in the printer/scanner. The same names cannot be added but the different names can be added.

Scan

Q1. Cannot complete scan operation from my mobile device.

  1. This feature is not supported on selected printer/scanner. See this web site for supported models. Firmware upgrade may be required.
  2. The scanner operation panel shall display Home screen.
  3. If HTTP cannot be used on the scanner, it cannot send scanned data to this application. Browse the scanner’s Web page from your PC’s Web browser. Confirm if [HTTP] is enabled in [Security Settings]-[Port Control]-[Server Port]. If Application Communication Module (MX-AMX2) or External Account Module (MX-AMX3) is installed, confirm if [HTTP] in [Sharp OSA(Extended Platform)] is also enabled in [Security Settings]-[Port Control]-[Server Port].
  4. This feature is not supported on V1.2.3 for Windows.

 

Q2. When tapping “Scan from (scanner name)” button to receive scan data, “Profile Registration failed” is displayed after “Registering profile” and Sharpdesk Mobile doesn’t come into waiting status.

  1. See Answer 1 of Q2-2.
  2. If operation panel of the scanner displays the list of address book, profile registration will fail. Operate the panel so as not to display the list of address book (e.g. Copy or Home screen) and scan again.
  3. See Answer 3 of Q3-1.
  4. If HTTP cannot be used on the scanner, it cannot send scanned data to this application. Browse the scanner’s Web page from your PC’s Web browser. Confirm if [HTTP] is enabled in [Security Settings]-[Port Control]-[Server Port].

 

Q3. When tapping “Scan from (scanner name)” button to receive scan data, “Your Profile is already registered with the selected MFP. Would you like to overwrite it?” is displayed after “Registering profile”.

The name which is the same as “Display name” configured in Sharpdesk Mobile has already registered in address book of the scanner. If the user has ever used Sharpdesk Mobile with “Profile Automatic Delete” being OFF, select “Overwrite” to continue the process.

If this name has been registered in the address book of the scanner before the user start to use Sharpdesk Mobile, the destination of the entry may have already been set to the PC that the user is using or to the e-mail address of the user. In that case, tap “Cancel” to cancel the process, edit “Display name” configured in Sharpdesk Mobile, and scan again.

Q4. The entry to my device was left in the address book of the scanner after receiving scan data.

Tap “Setting” on the Top Menu, then tap “Application Settings.” Please check if “Profile Automatic Delete” is set to “O(OFF).” If it is set to “I(ON),” change the setting to “O(OFF).” The entry left on the scanner can be deleted by browsing [Address Book] on the scanner web page.

 

Q5. “Profile Registration Failed” is displayed after receiving scan data.

  1. This may occur if address book is displayed on the operation panel right after Start button was pressed on the scanner. In this case, scanned data was successfully received by the device.
  2. Browse the scanner’s Web page from your PC’s Web browser. If [System Settings]-[Image Send Settings]-[Operation Settings]-[Default Settings] tab-[Hold Settings for a while after scanning has been completed] check box is checked, uncheck the checkbox.
  3. If neither of the above solutions solved the issue, Tap “Settings”-“Application Settings” and set “Profile Automatic Delete” to “O(OFF)” then the message will not be displayed. Although it has no problem if the profile is left in the scanner, user can delete the profile from address book of scanner web page.

 

Q6. Since the device uses fixed IP address and I always use the same scanner, I don’t want the entry in the address book to be deleted.

Tap “Settings” on Top Menu screen on the device, and then tap “Application Settings.” Please check if “Profile Automatic Delete” is set to “O(OFF).” If it is set to “I(ON),” change the setting to “O(OFF).”

 

Q7. The file received from the scanner doesn’t appear on the list in “Print” “Attach to E-mail” “Send to Application” or “Manage Files”.

Only the saved file in “Scan” function can be listed on these functions. “Save” operation has to be done when previewing received scanned data.

 

Q8. On iOS devices, my device was in the waiting state and document was scanned, but the device does not receive scanned data or the application stops unexpectedly.

It may happen if non-ascii character is used in the file name specified in Send Settings on scanner. Use ascii character when you specify file name.

Q9.  On Android devices, my device was in the waiting state and document was scanned, but the device does not receive scanned data or filename becomes empty.

It may happen if non-ascii character is used in the file name specified in Send Settings on scanner. Use ascii character when you specify file name.

 

Q10. On Windows-based devices, my device was in the waiting state and document was scanned, but the device does not receive scanned data.

  1. If Network Scanner Tool is installed in your Windows-based device, scanned data may not be received. Change the port number in [System Options] tab in your Network Scanner Tool.
  2. Windows Firewall in your device may block the incoming communication from the scanner. Please create a new rule that allows TCP communication through port 4687 in Windows Firewall (this may need your network administrator’s assistant).

 

Q11.  There is a case that scanning fails when scanning a document that has large amount of pages.

When your device enters the sleep state while scanning a document, scanning may fail. Please disable the sleep setting of your device.

Print

Q1. Can’t print to the printer from Sharpdesk Mobile.

  1. Please check if Printer Expansion Kit is installed in the printer to which you wish to print the file.
  2. Please check if FTP or Raw print is allowed between the network where the device and the printer is connected to respectively. Authentication for network connection or proxy setting may be necessary for particular environment.
  3. Network port for FTP may be changed in the printer after “Find Printers/Scanners.” Please check the FTP port setting with the same method in Answer II of Q2-2.
  4. If user authentication is set in the printer, tap “Settings”-“User Settings” to confirm if Login Name and Password are correctly set.
  5. Since network connection may be unstable, check the network connection and operate “Print” again.

 

Q2.  When printing a PDF file, a large amount of unknown characters were printed.

  1. Please check if PS3 Expansion Kit is installed in the printer to which you wish to print the file.
  2. In rare cases, this may occur when network connection becomes unstable shortly after the printing began on the printer. (In this case, “Job Queue” of Job Status on the operation panel of the printer indicates “unknown.”)
  3. This may occur when your device gets only weak Wi-Fi signal. Please avoid using your device in such a place and use in a place where your device gets stronger signal.

 

Q3.  Tapping “Select a File” only displays the list of the documents that were received by Sharpdesk Mobile.

If you print the file stored by another application, start the application, open the file and send it to Sharpdesk Mobile. Then the file is enabled to print from Sharpdesk Mobile.

Q4.  Can’t pinch-in/pinch-out/scroll the image when selecting the file to print and previewing.

  1. If you cannot pinch-in or pinch-out the image, it may be magnified or shrunk to the utmost limit. If you cannot scroll the image, it may be magnified or shrunk so as to fit to the screen.
  2. If you are using iOS devices, please operate pinch-in/pinch-out/scroll so as not to touch the area over the “Print to (printer name)” button (the area of the screen where the tab is on the right edge).

 

Q5. On iOS devices, a message (Reading file is failed) is displayed when I select a file in “Photos” screen.

If you are using your iOS device on iOS 4.3 through 5, please confirm if [Location Services] is set to [ON] in [Settings]-[Location Services] on your iOS devices. If you are using your iOS device on iOS 6 or 7, please confirm if access to [Photos] from this application is allowed. [Settings]-[Privacy]-[Photos] to display the application list, and then find “Sharpdesk Mobile” and set to [ON].

 

Q6. E-mail cannot be previewed on iOS/Android version of this application.

  1. Please make sure your device is connected to the network.
  2. Please make sure the e-mail settings in this application are properly configured. Your e-mail server must support IMAP4.
  3. In the case your e-mail server and your printer/scanner are connected to different networks, e-mail cannot be previewed when your device is connected to the network where your printer is connected. Please connect your device to the network where your e-mail server is connected.

Q7. E-mail cannot be printed on iOS/Android/Windows version of this application.

  1. E-mails that have text or HTML format can be printed. Other formats (e.g. rich text) cannot be printed.
  2. In the case your e-mail server and your printer are connected to different networks, e-mail cannot be printed when your device is connected to the network where your e-mail server is connected. After selecting e-mails to be printed, you must connect your device to the network where your printer is connected.

Q8. E-mail cannot be printed from Windows version (V2.0) of this application.

Sharing e-mail text from desktop e-mail application is not supported. Please use Mail app (Windows Store app).

 

Q9. Web pages cannot be browsed/printed on iOS/Android/Windows version of this application. (note) Windows version does not support browsing Web pages.

  1. Please make sure your device is connected to the network.
  2. In the case the web server and your printer are connected to different networks, your device cannot be accessed to the web page when your device is connected to the network where your printer is connected and vice versa. After selecting web pages to be printed, you must connect your device to the network where your printer is connected.
  3. The web pages that are not HTML format cannot be browsed. The web page that this application cannot browse cannot be printed. However, the web pages that are HTML format despite not having .html (or .html) suffix can be browsed and printed.

 

Q10.  Web pages cannot be printed from Windows version (V2.0) of this application.

Sharing a Web page from desktop Web browser application is not supported. Please use Internet Explorer of Windows Store app.

Attach to email

Q1.  When tapping “Attach to E-mail” button after selecting the file, E-mail application is invoked but the attached image looks horizontally(vertically) longer.

Due to the E-mail application’s specification, it may show incorrect aspect ratio for the source image for some images that has particular aspect ratio. The attached image will be sent with correct aspect ratio.

Send to application

Q1. The application that I wish to send this file to is not listed when I selected the file and tapped “Send to Application.”

  1. Sharpdesk Mobile only supports JPEG, TIFF, PDF (including high compression PDF and encrypted PDF) and PNG (except V1.2.3 of Windows version). The applications listed on “Send to Application” are those to which Sharpdesk Mobile can send these file formats. Regarding the file formats that an application can handle, consult the operation manual or help document of each application.
  2. If you are using your iOS device on iOS 5 or before, up to only 9 applications are displayed. If “Sharpdesk Mobile” is not displayed, please uninstall unnecessary applications.

Print from other application

Q1.  If you are using Windows, some applications share the link to the selected file instead of sharing the file itself. In this case, Sharpdesk Mobile does not appear in the Share charm since it cannot handle the link of the file.

  1. Sharpdesk Mobile only supports JPEG, TIFF, PDF (including high compression PDF and encrypted PDF) and PNG (except V1.2.3 of Windows version). As long as you send a file of one of these formats, “Sharpdesk Mobile” is displayed.
  2. If you are using your iOS device on iOS 5 or before, up to only 9 applications are displayed. If “Sharpdesk Mobile” is not displayed, please uninstall unnecessary applications.
  3. If you are using Windows, some applications share the link to the selected file instead of sharing the file itself. In this case, Sharpdesk Mobile does not appear in the Share charm since it cannot handle the link of the file.

Manage files

Q1. Can’t delete the folder on Windows-based devices.

If the files that have unsupported file formats (e.g. DOC or TXT) exist in the specified folder, the folder cannot be deleted (an error message will be displayed).

 

Q2. Can’t move the files/folders on Windows-based devices.

If the files/folder of the same name exist in the destination folder, the files/folders cannot be moved (an error message will be displayed).

User Guide

For information on how to add a printer/scanner, print a document or photo, scan to Sharpdesk Mobile, email saved files and share files with other supported mobile applications, please click the link below to view an easy step-by-step user guide for iPhone, iPad or Android devices.