How to print from iPad

If you are increasingly moving away from your laptop and to your iPad, you are not alone. For many, the iPad has become a laptop replacement. It’s smaller, lighter and can outfitted with a keyboard case to provide you with that tactile experience you’ve grown accustomed to with a full laptop. If you are using your iPad for school or business, then you might find yourself looking to print documents or perhaps you want to print a photo or webpage. Following these easy instructions on how to print from iPad and it’ll give you one less reason to carry your laptop with you.

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AirPrint
Within the latest version of iOS comes AirPrint. In true Apple iOS fashion, there are no print drivers to install and you’ll be spared by the bloatware often introduced by the printer manufacturers, which has become a staple of desktop installs. Out of the box, your iPad is fully capable of printing with a supported printer. That’s not to say you won’t need to perform a firmware update to your printer.

What iPads are compatible with AirPrint?
The iPad, iPad 2 and new iPad (third generation) are all compatible with AirPrint.

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Is my printer compatible?
Apple continuously updates their list of AirPrint compatible printers. You’ll find popular manufacturers including HP, Epson, Lexmark and Canon.

How to print from your iPad
Now that you’ve got an iPad and compatible printer, all that’s left to do is show you the process for printing. In most apps, you’ll see a familiar ‘arrow’ icon that looks like a forward email icon. Tapping on that icon reveals a number of options, one being ‘Print’. Select ‘Print’ and you’ll have the option to ‘Select Printer’. A compatible printer that is within your WiFi network should appear and you can select that printer. The only option available within the ‘Print’ dialog is the number of copies.

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How to print from iPad without AirPrint

If your app is not listed under Apple’s list of compatible printers, don’t lose hope. If you have a WiFi capable printer, there are a good number of third party apps in the App Store that will allow you to print from your iPad to a non-AirPrint printer. While most apps are relatively inexpensive, these iOS print utility apps can get pricey. Two highly rated printer apps are Print n Share Pro and Printer Pro. The latter has a free ‘Lite’ version to allow you to try before you buy.

If your current printer is Airprint compatible, then you should find the steps to printing incredibly easy. Fire up your iPad, find the ‘arrow’ icon with the active app and print. When shopping for a new print, bookmark Apple’s list of compatible printers as the first step in comparing features in your search for the best printer for iPad. Finally, if your current printer is still functioning, then look at the apps listed above and others to enable printing from your iPad. Have a great printer that works well with your iOS device, let us know in the comments or in our iPad forums.

  • Claire

    Having used Print n Share Pro for my interior design business I can definitely vouch for it!

  • Sinoy

    Hello Christopher, Is is possible to print from Safari, without print dialog box – directly to printer

    • Ralph Norris

      Yes ; you can do this by installing PrintCentral (or by the looks PrintnShare Pro)

  • Atrollinger

    Printer pro lite is a bait and switch for the pay version. If the free version doesn’t work, why would anyone pay 6.99 for the other version.

    • Cedric

      The app store clearly states: ”
      !!!! Please note that Printer Pro Lite is aimed to check compatibility with your printer setup. If it works fine with your printer, get the full version of Printer Pro to print your documents. ” which if I’m not deadly wrong means that the lite is just that, a way to check for compatibility in order not to buy the app and THEN find out your printer isn’t compatible.
      It’s a good thing to know that if you buy an app, it’ll work for you. I have wished enough times that I could have checked compatibility before buying. (for exemple, a printer that didn’t work well at all with my linux, or a game that didn’t work well with my particular graphics card).
      So I’d rather pay 6.99 for an app that I know won’t say “couldn’t find printer” (or not, if the lite version doesn’t detect it), than pay 9.99 for one I DON’T know if it’ll work or not.

  • Aparna

    I need a printer for my ipad2 where I can zoom the pic & try to get a clearer & more sharp prints
    Right now I am using HP deskjet ink advantage 3525 printer & I am not satisfied with the prints ! Do I need a higher resolution printer or a laser printer ? How much does it cost ?

    • Molly Gearing

      download instaedit2 to crop and edit the photo. And a good decent printer would be about £40 – £50 :) hope i helped

    • Molly Gearing

      download instaedit2 to crop and edit the photo. And a good decent printer would be about £40 – £50 :) hope i helped

  • Jmac

    I’m a owner operator truck driver. I use my ipad2 to book frieght. I often need to print but i cant find a printer that doesn’t require wifi. what do I need to do to print without wifi?

  • Vibeke valeur

    Is it possible to do as described above, if one uses an iPhone as a modem for the iPad?

  • Gerdez

    … or you can just have a printer hooked up to a Cups Server on your LAN/WiFi

  • Laurie

    How come I cant use my iPad USB cord with Any printer?