November 6, 2023

How do I print from an iPhone or iPad?

Christopher Nice

AirPrint is a feature that allows you to wirelessly print from an iPhone or iPad to a supported printer.

AirPrint is a technology developed by Apple that allows you to wirelessly print from your iOS and macOS devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, to compatible printers and multifunction devices. With AirPrint, you can easily send documents, photos, emails, web pages, and other content directly from your Apple device to a nearby AirPrint-enabled printer without the need for any additional software or drivers.

Key features of AirPrint include:

  1. Ease of Use: AirPrint eliminates the need to install printer-specific drivers or configure complex settings. Once a printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple device, it should automatically be detected and available for printing.
  2. Compatibility: AirPrint is built into many newer printer models from various manufacturers, including HP, Canon, Epson, Brother, and more. These printers typically carry an “AirPrint” logo on their packaging or documentation to indicate their compatibility.
  3. Supported Content: AirPrint supports a wide range of document types, including photos, PDFs, documents, emails, web pages, and more. It’s designed to seamlessly handle different formats and layouts.
  4. Device Integration: AirPrint works across multiple Apple devices, so you can print from iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Mac computers, creating a unified printing experience within the Apple ecosystem.
  5. Security: AirPrint maintains security by connecting devices and printers through the local Wi-Fi network, ensuring that only authorized users can send print jobs.

To use AirPrint, make sure your printer is compatible and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple device. Then, follow these general steps:

  1. Open the document, photo, or content you want to print on your iOS or macOS device.
  2. Tap the “Share” or “Print” option, typically represented by a box with an arrow pointing upward.
  3. Choose the AirPrint-enabled printer from the list of available printers.
  4. Adjust any printing settings if necessary, such as page orientation or number of copies.
  5. Tap “Print” to send the job to the selected printer.

Remember that the exact steps might vary slightly based on the device and operating system version you are using.

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How do I print from an iPhone or iPad?

How do I print from an iPhone or iPad?

  1. Ensure Wi-Fi Connectivity: Make sure both your Apple device and the AirPrint-compatible printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Prepare the Content for Printing: Open the document, photo, email, web page, or any other content that you want to print on your Apple device.
  3. Access the Share/Print Menu: On iOS devices, tap the “Share” button (usually represented by a box with an arrow pointing upward) located within the app you’re using. On macOS devices, look for the “File” menu or the “Share” option within the app.
  4. Select the Print Option: From the Share menu, select the “Print” option. This will open the printing interface.
  5. Choose the Printer: The printing interface will show a list of available printers. Choose the AirPrint-compatible printer you want to use. If your printer is properly connected to the same Wi-Fi network, it should appear in this list.
  6. Configure Print Settings (Optional): Depending on the content and your preferences, you might have the option to configure print settings such as the number of copies, page range, paper size, orientation, and more. Adjust these settings as needed.
  7. Initiate Printing: After selecting the printer and configuring settings, tap the “Print” button to start the printing process.
  8. Monitor Printing Progress: Your Apple device will send the print job to the selected printer. You can monitor the printing progress on the printer itself or on your device, depending on the printer model.
  9. Retrieve Printed Output: Once the printing is complete, retrieve the printed output from the printer’s output tray.

Remember that the exact steps might vary slightly based on the app you’re using and the version of iOS or macOS you have. AirPrint is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive, so you should be able to print without much hassle once you’re familiar with the process.

What if my printer is not AirPrint compatible?


“HandyPrint” is a software application developed by Netputing, a company that specializes in creating software tools for macOS devices. HandyPrint was designed to bring AirPrint compatibility to printers that do not natively support Apple’s AirPrint technology.

HandyPrint essentially acts as a bridge between your non-AirPrint printer and your iOS or macOS devices. It allows you to print wirelessly from your iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers to printers that do not have built-in AirPrint support. The software achieves this by creating a virtual AirPrint printer on your Mac, which then forwards the print jobs to your actual printer.

Here’s how HandyPrint generally works:

  1. Install HandyPrint: You install the HandyPrint software on a Mac computer that is connected to the printer you want to make compatible with AirPrint.
  2. Configure Printer: HandyPrint detects the printers connected to your Mac and makes them available as virtual AirPrint printers.
  3. Connect to AirPrint: When you send a print job from your iOS or macOS device, it’s sent to the virtual AirPrint printer created by HandyPrint on your Mac.
  4. Print Forwarding: HandyPrint then forwards the print job to your actual non-AirPrint printer connected to the Mac, effectively allowing you to print from your Apple devices.

HandyPrint is a third party application and is not supported or endorsed by Apple or Denver Mac Repair, refer to Netting for more information regarding use and compatibility.

Can I connect my iPhone or iPad directly to a printer by wire?

iPhones and iPads do not natively support wired connections to printers via USB or other physical cables. The standard method for printing from an iPhone or iPad is through wireless technologies like AirPrint, which allows you to print directly to compatible printers over a Wi-Fi network.

However, there have been instances where certain printers offer iOS apps or software that allow for a wired connection between an iPhone or iPad and the printer using a USB cable. This usually involves installing a specific app from the printer manufacturer that enables direct printing.

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