How to print from your new iPad using AirPrint

How to AirPrint from your new iPad

Whether you just happen to be surfing the web, reading a news article, or viewing a document on your new iPad and you want to print out, or you're doing actual work, for work, and need a hard copy, AirPrint makes is easy to print just about anything right from your iPad -- as long as your printer is compatible.

How to see if your printer is AirPrint compatible

To be able to print from your iPad you'll need a Wi-Fi enabled printer that supports AirPrint. To see if your wireless printer is supported, you can view the following list on Apple's website -

Apple adds new printers to this list regularly. If your printer shows it's compatible but your iPad doesn't find it, make sure your printer is running the newest firmware version. In order to upgrade your printer, you'll need to check your manufacturer's specifications. Most of the time it's as easy as checking for an update straight from settings and letting it update.

How to print from your iPad using AirPrint

Once you've got your printer configured to support AirPrint, you can print straight from your iPad.

  1. Navigate to the document you'd like to print.
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  3. From the navigation menu, choose the additional options menu which looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. It may be located in different positions based on what app you're trying to print from.
  4. Choose Print.
  5. How to select your printer for AirPrint on your new iPad
  6. Now you'll need to choose the printer you'd like to print to.
  7. How to print a document with AirPrint on your new iPad
  8. Adjust the number of copies you'd like to print and then tap Print.

That's all there is to it. Your content should print directly to the printer with no computer required.

Troubleshooting AirPrint issues

If you run into issues printing something from your iPad, try performing the following steps and see if they resolve your problems -

  1. Make sure your printer is updated to the latest firmware and supports AirPrint (you can refer to the list above provided by Apple or ask your manufacturer).
  2. Check to ensure that your printer is connected to the same network as your iPad is. Your iPad won't recognize your printer if it isn't wirelessly connected and on the same network.
  3. Make sure you are selecting the correct printer name. If you have more than one printer in your home by the same manufacturer it can be hard to tell which is which so check the exact model numbers.

Once you've got your new iPad and printer paired up you'll be able to wirelessly print documents without ever touching a computer. It's a great feature to utilize when you aren't in a position to hop on a computer or don't want to boot one up just to print something. I actually find myself printing from my iPad and iPhone more than I do my actual computer these days. What have your experiences been with AirPrint?

Allyson Kazmucha

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dloveprod says:

I love airprint, I can't remember the last time I printing something from a pc.

kbot1226 says:

Is there a way to get AirPrint to work on unsupported printers? I have a canon mg5220 that is a year old, I would love to print wirelessly from it.

woody88 says:

Yes Steve, it's out there. do a google search. they showed it as first result with a youtube video. good luck.

plugtwo says:

Printopia if you have a Mac

sangs says:

I second Printopia. It's pretty much flawless.

video games says:

Hi Crystal! There's contact info about school visits over in the FAQ. Thanks so much for considering Matched!

BillsGirlGina says:

Does anyone know how to choose print quality when using AirPrint? I like to use black & white for coupons & such.

Harlan Lachman says:

Can one operate a wireless network in a NYC apartment without a computer and print from an iPad. IOW, is it possible for one to create a wifi network with just the printer attached?
If the answer is yes, a link to a source an old guy can follow would be great. If a computer is necessary to start but not maintain the network, that is OK.

Laslo says:

I have an Epson Nx430 printer and no computer. You just add the printer directly to your network and the iPad will recognize it. No computer needed. Works great.

Glenn#IM says:

Quick tip when buying a printer. Always check the cost of the ink. Some are great, some will require a bank loan to buy. I have used print n share to print, the only down fall, you have to have the computer on, and the
program running. Air print is much better.

Richard says:

All efforts to print from iPhone/iPad to Epson nx430 result with blank page being kicked out of printer before document is printed.
Any help would be appreciated.

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Claire says:

GenRuss that's a good tip regarding buying a printer. I have an HP Laserjet and it seems to suck it up really quickly! Regarding apps for printing over the network from my iPad, I tend to use Print by EuroSmartz, might be worth a look? Works great for me in my job when I am often visiting other offices and need to print work stuff.

Jeffrey says:

I tried the eurosmartz app but it never worked. I had to buy an app called print at this site: http:/ I don't have an AirPrint printer so this was the only app that would work for me. Hopefully this information helps others who don't have AirPrint printers.

bubblegumgirl says:

I haven't had any probs with the mentioned eurosmartz app, did you contact their team? :( they helped me out of a pickle before.

bubblegumgirl says:

hi jeffrey
sorry to hear it didn't work, it's been fine for me, did you contact the developers?

Syed Ali says:

Thank you so much for the Steps - with the screen shots. It did really help me helping someone to get the Airprint working :-)