Printing any document from an iPad can be a bit confusing, as you must (usually) use Apple’s wireless AirPrint technology to send files from one device to another.
Unless you’re already more than familiar with AirPrint, the process may take some time at first to understand how to do it. Also, what if your printer doesn’t support AirPrint…
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. In this tutorial we’ll explain how to print documents from your iPad with three different methods. Shall we start?
Method 1: printing via AirPrint
If your printer is AirPrint-compatible, this method will be the most useful. If you don’t know if your printer can use AirPrint, we recommend that you visit Apple’s official AirPrint website to browse the long list of supported devices.
1. Open the application from which you want to print anything.
2. Find the print option in the share button of the app.
3. Press the “Print” button.
4. Choose a printer with AirPrint enabled.
5. Select the number of copies.
6. Finally press “Print” again.
Method 2: printing without AirPrint
If your printer does not support AirPrint, you can try printing applications such as Print n Share, which let you connect your iPad to any printer wirelessly via Bluetooth or even USB.
Here are some alternatives for printing from the iPad on the App Store:
Method 3: print from servers
Another possibility is to use software on Mac or PC as a print server by connecting the iPad via USB. For example, you can opt for Printopia, a software that’s been talked about but we haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.
We hope these three different methods of printing documents from your iPad have been useful to you. At least by now you’ll know if your printer is AirPrint-compatible or not.