Print from an iPad or iPhone with any printer using HandyPrint

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// July 2, 2013

There’s a few applications that allow printing from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch without an AirPrint compatible printer, but none are better than HandyPrint. HandyPrint (formerly called AirPrint Activator) is from the developers at, who also keep the app updated as new versions of iOS and Mac OSX are released.

HandyPrint is a application that runs on your Mac and allows iOS devices to print to any connected or wireless printers on your network. The application also has a handy feature that allows users to add virtual printers. After a virtual printer is added in HandyPrint, you can select the virtual printer on your iOS device. This allows for the item to be saved as a PDF or opened with an application on your Mac.

HandyPrint is easy to setup. Simply download the latest version, turn HandyPrint ON and make sure the box next to your printer is checked.


You should then be able to turn on your iOS device and print documents using AirPrint.


It’s simple to setup a virtual printer as well. To add a virtual printer for savings PDFs, just click on “Add virtual printer”, select “Save as PDF in a folder” and choose where you want the PDFs saved to. You can also add virtual printers to open the PDF or open it within an application on your Mac.


HandyPrint comes with a free trial. If you want to keep using HandyPrint after the trial expires you just need to make a donation of your choice to the developer via PayPal.

2 thoughts on “Print from an iPad or iPhone with any printer using HandyPrint

  1. Prabhakar Naidu says:

    I am not able to print on Canon printer (wireless) from my iPad mini2.

  2. Steven ja says:

    How come not able to download for iPad mini 4. Please advise.

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