how do i print from my ipad

How do i print from my iPad?

can i print from my iPad

can i print from my iPad

Apple have their own proprietary printing protocol called ‘AirPrint‘. Only a few printers support it at present – HP is one of those that do and you can see if your model is on the list at the Apple web site

If it is there, then you can print directly under iOS 4.2 and 4.3 from apps that support in-app printing, such as Apple’s iPad iWorks suite (‘Pages’, ‘Numbers’ and ‘Keynote’). Not all apps support in-app printing, so you need to check out whether the app you’re interested in does. For example, Apple’s native iPad ‘Calendar’ app does not support in-app printing.


how to print from iPad

how to print from iPad

If your printer is not on the list then there are third-party apps that can help. Some printer manufacturers have released apps for PCs with their printers connected (i.e. Lexmark). On these models, an app on your PC or Mac ‘pretends’ to be an AirPrint printer and the app translates the AirPrint printing protocol into a form that the printer understands.

However, there are standalone apps for the iPad and ‘Print N Share’ is one of the best known. It can print directly from the iPad to a WiFi printer without any PC being involved. It does this by ‘pretending’ to be an AirPrint printer. It then, similar to the previous case, translates the AirPrint printing protocol to a form that your printer understan




Most all WiFi equipped printers are supported by ‘Print N Share’ but even those few that are not are able to print via a PC using, again, a small (free) app that’s available from the developers of ‘Print N Share’. Once again, this app sits on your PC or Mac and links your iPad to the printer via your PC – meaning, too, that the printer can be WiFi, USB or even Bluetooth. The downside is that the PC has to be switched on.

One ‘issue’ that sometimes confounds users of ‘Print N Share’ is that this only works under iOS 4.2 or 4.3 – the iPad’s ‘multi-tasking’ operating system (OS). ‘Print N Share’ needs to be loaded and running before you can print!! So, if you’re going to be doing some printing, you need to first of all fire up ‘Print N Share’ and leave it running in the background. You can check whether it is running by double tapping the iPad’s ‘Home’ button, to see the tasks that are ‘loaded’ in the ‘Multi-task’ menu bar. For various reasons, it’s helpful if ‘Print N Share’ was loaded quite recently. If you haven’t printed for a while, use the multi-task bar to ‘re-activate’ it.

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6 comments on “how do i print from my ipad

  1. leena

    thanks for this post, as a regular of print n share on my ipad, apple have since updated pages, notes and keynotes, so that you can use the ‘open in’ function in print n share and print docs from pages, notes and keynotes. this has made my productivity so much faster and i thought it would be worth the mention! 🙂

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