AirPrint using any printer with a Mac – Updated for iOS 5

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Thanks to a nifty application called AirPrint Activator 2.0 it’s easy to print from your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch using AirPrint (even with iOS 5.) Not only is AirPrint Activator a great solution for printers that are not officially supported to use AirPrint but it’s Free. It’s not free for a limited time or shareware, it’s completely free.

The creator of AirPrint Activator does have a donation link on their website. We are not affiliated in any way but I do recommend giving a small contribution if the software works for you.

I can confirm AirPrint Activator v2.0 does work with the latest Mac software OS X Lion and it works with both iOS 4.3.3 and 5.0.

I downloaded both versions of AirPrint Activator below. It was actually version v2.0b13 that found my printer immediately using Lion, which is different from what the developer has listed. If the one listed with your OS doesn’t work you may want to try the other version.

That said, lets get started.

    1. Download AirPrint Activator.
      • Intel based Macs and running OSX 10.6+: AirPrint Activator v2.1b2
      • PPC/Universal based Mac or running OSX 10.5: AirPrint Activator v2.0b13
    2. Launch the application and turn On AirPrint Activator.
    3. You should see your printer listed under “Printers available for Air Printing.” If you don’t go to System Preferences> Printers & Scan> and select “Share this printer on the network.”
      Go back to the AirPrint Activator application and verify that your printer is showing up.
    4. You should now be able to find your printer and print from your iOS device.

Note: Your iOS Device may require that your Mac be running for AirPrint
Shared printers to be available.


    AirPrint Activator is great! I can finally print from my iPad.


  • Taylor

    This is one great program!!!


    I just bought a new Kodak wireless printer today for about $70 USD and I was bummed to find out that basically you can’t print from my iPad to my printer (except for iPad photos only). I did some investigation and I just can’t believe how incredibly easy it is to install and use this small app! This is absolutely incredible! It instantly recognized my printer that is connected to my iMac via wifi. I just have to have this app running on my iMac, and my iMac powered on, and then I can instantly print from any application on my iPad that allows printing. It is so amazing! It is so simple! I only ask to remove the icon from the lower dock and make it so I can hide it up above on the task bar with the tiny icons, near the time. Then it would be perfect. I set it to auto-start with the computer and then I know that whenever I am on my iPad at home that I can print to my printer any time I want by just clicking print. The printer is instantly and automatically recognized and is available for you to use in your list of printers (as many printers that are connected in your system will appear automatically), just like magic. This is one cool app that I am going to donate a dollar or two (once my credit card is replaced in the mail from my lost wallet) as I have never felt the need to donate before. But since the program is so non-intrusive and doesn’t bother you with money, nor does it force you to buy it first before being able to find out if it works or not. And when all the other apps don’t work well or don’t work at all, this one works every time. Thank you so much!

  • erenburakalic

    Great work! Thx

  • Lynda

    What a great app! I haven’t donated for many free apps, but this was impressive, simple, and oh yes…works great.

  • Neal

    How can I download this app

  • Marie

    I have an iPad 2 and an hp photos art printer and can not download this app. Am I doing something wrong? It says safari cannot download this.

  • Chris CA

    You download AirPrint Activator on your Mac and run the application on the Mac.

  • JimBob

    I really recommend this app. As well, I recommend donating to this developer. We all benefit from the efforts of people like this and if we don’t reward them why should they continue to make software that delivers what the big 2 do not (Apple and Microsoft). I really believe in an open net, with open source software available to enhanced and perfect the packaged software being produced by larger firms. Let’s support our open source networks and donate when ever possible.
    Again, good job Netputing

  • D Craig

    Using Lion and IOS 5 and this just doesn’t work. Used before I updated to IOS 5.

    Anybody got any ideas?

  • GMS

    Not working for me either… even tried going to organization website and download newer version.

    Everything looks fine print from iPad but never appears in the que.

  • Phil

    AirPrint Activator is working seamlessly with iOS 5 and iTunes 10.5 on my Mac.

  • Simon

    I used to have AirPrint Activator v. 1. Now I have downloaded version to but it won’t open until I “turn off AirPrint with v. 1″. However, I cannot find this application now anywhere on my Mac (and I can no longer print from my iPad on my “unauthorized” printer). What can I do?

  • Kerry

    I installed AirPrint Activator on my iMac after I had already updated all my devices to iOS5. Works seamlessly from my iPad and iPhone 3GS.

  • Rich

    Not working for me on MB Pro w/Lion 10.7.2 and iPad 1 w/iOS 5; AirPrint Activator 2.1b2 running and showing my printer, and printer Sharing turned on; just sits and says Contacting Printer…, then times out.

  • DDS

    I have a multi-homed print server running Mac OS X 10.7.2.

    The server’s Ethernet interface (en0) is connected to a LAN with several IPP-based HP network printers attached. The print queues are shared-out to the public.

    The server’s Wi-Fi (Airport) interface (en1) is on the same VLAN and the same subnet as all my iOS devices.

    The iOS 5 devices can’t see any of the print queues hosted from the Lion Mac print server.

  • Jason

    Same here. Worked fine with iOS5 and Snow Leopard, but not after upgrading to Lion. Rerunning AirPrint Activator didn’t help. iOS devices can see queues and claims to print, but nothing is queued on the Lion side.

  • Moebius

    I downloaded this app earlier on my MacBook Pro with Lion 10.7.2. Trying to print from an iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 on it. My printer appears in AirPrint and It is located on my 4S. It even says the document has printed on my phone, but nothing gets put in the print queue on the Mac. Nothing prints.

  • Charles Byrd

    I was excited to find this utility, and amazed my Brother printer showed up on my iOS 5 and 5.1 devices under AirPrint. BUT nothing is actually printing. I can print from Lion, but neither of my iOS 5 devices. I do get a message that the printer is offline, although its working from from my desktop.

    Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated! Keep up the good work…

  • Dorothy

    I have to say that I was looking all over on the net & I was very happy when I finally came across this App/Airprint Activator. !! Super easy to install just follow directions.
    It is FAB .! I can print from my I pad 2 !! LOVE IT !!

  • Eric

    I installed the latest version of Airprint Activator and it won’t find my HP 6x series all in one printer. I’ve enabled it and it still doesn’t show up in the sharing window. Any ideas? With the new IOS 5 this is the only hope to print from our Ipad.

  • Todd

    Anybody else having problems downloading from the site? I have not been able to access since mid-day yesterday.

  • Robert

    Simple for me, just turned on network sharing in print on the Mac, and my iPad prints! To think I almost went and bought an HP Envy. Cool product, but no fax (Efax doesn’t count). Thanks!

  • Robert

    Update: works on the iPhone, just the same. Not only that, but my phone told me I was low on Color ink. I feel like donating!

  • Marcus

    I searched the hole www for AirPrint Activator (APA) v2.0b13 cause i`m using an older ppc macmini as printserver.

    Finally found on your side … and now my wife`s ipad is able to print over wlan.

    Thank You !

  • Lisa

    This app made me do a happy dance!! I have Lion and iOS5 and installed the one the article recommended (b13) and it worked immediately and flawlessly. Finally….a way to print from my iPad – yippee!!! I even went and made a donation….I was THAT happy. Thanks to the developer!!

  • Nikkii

    I have a iPad2, and I’m trying to download the AirPrint Activator, but Safari keep saying they can’t download the file. What can I do?

  • Phil

    The tool will not download to your iPad. It need to be installed on your computer.

  • xiomara burrell

    Absolutely awesome!!!!!!

  • david

    i’m having the same probe as above (Lion)(iOS 5.0.1)
    tried both versions
    uninstalled one before using the other.
    printer shows on iPad
    iPad says its sending to printer
    no error message: just no printer activity

  • david

    correction to my comment above: error message: the printer is offline. using v2.b2 (lion)(iOS 5.0.1)
    could the folks that have this working post what version works with what operating system version you are using?

  • Jill

    Thank you

  • Eugene

    Downloaded version 2.x for Macbook OS10.6
    Allowed me to print from iPhone and iPad to the HP printer connected to the Macbook AND to the HP printer connected to my PM G4 on the same wifi network. That is, it worked once for all permutations of this

    Then it stopped.nothing works.Even making sure the computers are not sleeping. Now the message is the printer is offline, or it seems to print but nothing happens

    Any ideas?

  • Michael Walsh

    This is a fantastic bit of software. Installed on my iMac using 10.7.3 with no issues at all and prints perfectly from my Canon MP499 via iPhone. Cheers.

  • Johnny I

    Doesn’t work for me. iOS devices see the printers but I either get an error that it’s offline or the iOS device says it’s sending to printer but goes no where.

    iMac running Lion 10.7.3
    HP 2035
    HP photosmart 7700 series

    both are networked through the USB connection on a Time Capsule. Each are shared through my iMac. The iOS devices are connected to the time capsule wifi and the iMac that Activator is running on is wired to the time capsule.
    Anyone have a possible way for this to work.

  • Top Financial Planner

    Really I like this apps and want to download it soon.

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  • Tezza

    Many thanks for helpful suggestions on wifi printers from iPad BUT have downloaded the Active Print apps you listed and my iPad2 puts them into “Dropbox”which then tells me that it cant open theses applications???
    Not sure where Dropbox came from but it also refused to open Silverlight
    Any ideas??

  • Precious Dragon

    I tried and tried to get this app to work. The one that installed was the one for OS10.5…. the one for OS10.6+ would not install cause I got a message that it will not install if this was not purchased for the Apple APP store. So the version AirPrint Activator v2.0b13… would install and open but could not see my HP printer Photosmart 7250 All-In-One. Alas, I can do limited printing of pictures but not much more and I have no way for my guests who log into my Airport network, to print anything from their iPads nor iPhones. Terribly disappointed, I may have to buy a new printer… which is not the MAC way.

  • Lena

    Ive tried free apps before for printing and didn’t really get on with them to be honest, so i got print n share app instead, would rather pay for that and get full support etc it hasn’t let me down

  • Susan

    This WORKS on my ipod!!! I’m SO excited, simple, no IT degree needed to make it work. THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Frank O’Connor

    I tried to down load AirPrint hackivator v2.1b7 Safari would not allow any downloads.

  • Darren

    I’m running OS X 10.6.8 on my Mac and IOS 6 on my iPad 2. My Brother printer shows up in AirPrintActivator, but the iPad says “No AirPrint Printers Found”. Too bad, I was so hopeful it would work.

  • Tom

    Boy, this app sounds so wonderful, I just wished it worked like everyone says it does. I go and download either version and where it goes it does not say. It brings up a screen with a number of folders on which HandyPrint is there but when you follow it through, it ultimately brings up a message about upgrading iSpreadsheet or not now. What does that have anything to do with downloading the app. Sorry, I don\’t see how \”easy\” fits this process. I would really like to be able to get this loaded and installed – is there any help out there?

  • Clara M

    great option! im using print n share but will check this out thanks