iPad

Pro tip: Print from your iPad

Find out how to print from your iPad 2 (or above) without installing a single driver.

AirPrint wireless
If you have an iPad 2 or above, and you need to be able to quickly print a document, email, web page (or just about any file), make sure you update your device to iOS 7. Why? Because the latest iteration of iOS has made printing on-the-go incredibly easy.

Thanks to AirPrint, you can print from your device without having to install a single driver -- you just open the file, make a few taps, and you're printing. However, the one caveat is that you can only print to AirPrint printers. For a full list of printers that are compatible with your iPad, check out this Apple support page.

If you happen to have one of these printers, all you need is to be connected to the same wireless network. Once you've managed that feat, you're ready to print. Here's how:

  1. From one of the Apple apps (such as Mail, Safari, Photos, Camera, Maps, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Filemaker Go, etc) tap on the square icon with the upward pointing arrow (Figure A)
  2. Swipe to the right or left until you see the Print button
  3. Tap the Print button
  4. Tap Select Printer
  5. When your AirPrint printer appears, tap it
  6. Select how many copies of the file you want to print
  7. Tap Print

Figure A

Figure A

iOS 7 printing on a Verizon-branded iPad 2.

That's it! Tablets continue to improve to the point where there's no debating their usage in the enterprise. With printing now a no-brainer, on-the-go users don't have to struggle with printing documents for meetings, business trips, or various corporate visits. If you have an AirPrint-capable printer, you're good to go.

Do you have any iPad printing tips or tricks? Share your expertise in the discussion thread below.


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5 comments
rafamd
rafamd

In fact,  AirPrint is available on iPads since iOS 5. There's no need to upgrade to iOS 7 to use it.


ManoaHI
ManoaHI

Like @tiikka_1, AirPrint capable printer not required. Several routers have a USB port that can be connected to a printer. Any printer connected to the router is visible to iOS if you are wirelessly connected to the same router. My Android tablets can also use the router connected printer.

Alternatively, as SweetNeat1 states, many software workarounds. Some for Mac OS X and Windows, so if you have a printer connected to a computer connected to the same router (wirelessly or wired) then you can make the printer available to any mobile device. Search for "AirPrint for WIndows" or "AirPrint for Mac OS X". Actually "AirPrint for Windows" seems to be an Apple product. You will have to install Bonjour Printer Services if you go the AirPrint for Windows route, but there are others. I mainly use a Mac with an all in one, so I use Printopia, so it makes the printer function avaiable to anyting on the same network (although Windows still needs Bonjour Printer Services (free download from Apple).

I use both methods. Router connected printer and printer connected to my Mac. So, if one's busy, usually the other one can be used. So far, with two printers amongst five people in our household, it all works out fine. We also have 5 iPads and thus, never have conflicts of printing from iPads and iPhones.

Thus, if you already have a printer that is not AirPrint capable, don't need to buy one.


tlikk_1
tlikk_1

I use the Netgear Genie. A little sluggish, but allows me to continue using my older printers.

SweetNeat1
SweetNeat1

hello! this is assuming that you have an airprint enabled printer, in which case minimal effort is involved

for me i am still on a non airprint printer but there are other simple workarounds such as using apps like printcentral

ManoaHI
ManoaHI

@tlikk_1

When you mean "sluggish", are you talking about the print job itself or just the initial startup? I do both the router method and the software method (on two different printers), I find that Windows PCs printing takes a bit long to startup, but probably because going through Bonjour. But Mac OS X and iOS (iPad and iPhone) are very fast in statup and go to the limit of the printer speed.