Using AirPrint with your iPad – A how-to Guide

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// October 12, 2014
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Instead of getting stuck e-mailing yourself links and pictures, etc., you can now use AirPrint to wirelessly print out what you want, where you want, when you want…right from your iPad. We will now provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to print from your iPad using AirPrint.

Step 1: Check to see if your printer is AirPrint compatible
The easiest way to determine whether your printer is AirPrint compatible is to check this list or Check Printer App. Check back regularly if your printer is not currently listed, as Apple regularly updates the list. Further, you need to ensure that your printer is running the newest version of its firmware. To do this, you should check out the manufacturer’s website to see whether a firmware update is available.

NOTE: If you own a printer that is not supported and wish to AirPrint using third-party software, we advise using Printopia or Handy Print. We will not detail how to use these programs in this post. If you have questions, please leave a comment below.

Step 2: Open an app on your iPad that supports AirPrint (like Safari, Pages, a PDF Reader, and many more)
In this app, you will see an option to Print under the Share button (usually used for ‘open in another app’).

Step 3: Click Print.

Step 4:  Click Select Printer
This step will open up a list of printers available to print to via AirPrint.
NOTE: You must be on the same wireless network as the printer you would like to print to for AirPrint to work. AirPrint also works via VPN.

Step 5: Print! (Default: 1 copy)

That is it. AirPrint is one of the most integrated features in iOS, and it is really handy when you need something in paper format.

Quick Tips
You can only change printer settings on its host computer; the iPad will not allow you to change any printer settings
– AirPrint works well, most of the time, but can be finicky. Patience is key. Check did you setup Airprint on Windows 10 correctly.
– Selecting the correct printer, ensuring the wireless printer is on the same network as the iPad, and updating the printer’s firmware are the three easiest ways to sure your AirPrinting goes smoothly.

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