How to set up a printer on your iPhone or iPad

Printing on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is easier than you think thanks to Apple’s AirPrint protocol. Before you start using your printer with your iOS or iPadOS device, you only need to spend some time setting it up.

But what if you have a printer that doesn’t support AirPrint? You can also use your printer manufacturer’s support app to send print jobs wirelessly. And if you have a wired-only printer, you can opt for his AirPrint activator from a third party to solve the problem.

Print on iPhone and iPad with AirPrint

AirPrint is a wireless protocol by Apple that allows iPhone iPads to wirelessly communicate with printers. No drivers or supporting software required. The only thing you need to do is make sure your printer and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi router. If so, you can print it immediately.

If you have a modern printer with wireless capabilities, it may be compatible with AirPrint. Below is a complete list of compatible printer models that support AirPlay. If your printer is not listed, continue to the next section.

1. Start by connecting your printer to the same wireless network router as your iPhone or iPad. The printer user should check her manual or online documentation for specific instructions. For example, if you’re using her HP printer with a touchscreen, Communication network Also wireless settings Menu and use Wireless Setup Wizard Join the network.

2. Open (or select) the image, document, or web page you want to print, share icon. It looks like an arrow coming out of the top of a box and appears in most iPhone and iPad apps (Files, Photos, Safari, etc.). next, Print Share sheet options.

Selected photo and share icon

3. Tap . Select printer options at the top of the screen. If your printer supports her AirPlay (and is connected to the same wireless network as your iPhone or iPad), you’ll see it in the list. Tap to select.

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<p>Learn what you can do to troubleshoot an AirPrint printer not showing up on your iPhone or iPad.</p>
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print options window

Note: Learn how to troubleshoot an AirPrint printer not showing up on your iPhone or iPad.

5. Print jobs can continue to be queued. If you want to see them, open the App Switcher on your Apple mobile device (swipe up from the bottom of the screen or House button) and select print centerYou can then select a print job by tapping cancel printing if you want to cancel.

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If your wireless printer does not support AirPrint, you will need to install available support software from the App Store. For example, printing apps such as Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY, Epson iPrint, and HP Smart let you print wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad. These apps also offer additional customization options for AirPrint compatible printers, so you may want to install them anyway.

This is an overview of the HP Smart app in action.

1. Install HP Smart from the App Store.

2. Open HP Smart and create an HP account (sign in if you already have one).

3. Tap . Add your first printer Option to add HP printers.

Adding a printer for the first time

Note: If you don’t see your wireless printer, make sure it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. Or enter its IP address. Remember to enable the Bluetooth radio on your iPhone and iPad if your printer uses Bluetooth for connectivity.

4. Tap a category (for example, print photos Also Document printing) to create a print job.

5. Tap Print Send a print job to your HP printer.

Visual instructions for creating print jobs

Note: If you’re having trouble printing jobs, follow these troubleshooting tips to fix your wireless printer.

Print on iPhone and iPad with Printopia or O’Print

Suppose you use a non-AirPrint wireless printer or a wired-only printer without supporting software. In that case, you can print from your iPhone or iPad by sending the print job wirelessly through your desktop device. To do that, you’ll need a third-party app for Mac or PC that simulates AirPrint.

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Printopia is a $19.99 paid app for Mac, but it comes with a 7-day free trial. You can add up to 5 printers for use with your iPhone or iPad. But don’t expect it to work on Android smartphones.

Once you have downloaded and installed Printopia, open it and printer tab. next, plus Click the button to add a printer. If you don’t see it, connect the printer to your Mac first.

Printopia printer screen

Then, assuming your Apple devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, open the photo, document, or web page you want to print on your iPhone or iPad, share button. The printer appears in the printer selection pane. Select it and make the necessary adjustments for your print job, Print.


O’Print is an AirPrint activator for Windows PCs. It costs $19.80, but a 30-day trial is available.

Download, install and open O’Print. You will see the printers already added to your PC. If not, here’s how to add a new printer in Windows.

By default, O’Print enables all printers for iPhone and iPad, including PDF printers. A printer can be deactivated by simply selecting the green icon next to the printer.

O'Print window

Then, when you start a print job on your iPhone or iPad, you will be able to select your printer. Then modify the print job as desired, Print.

Print from iPhone and iPad to any printer

If your printer supports AirPrint, you can use it to print from your iPhone or iPad with minimal effort. If not, use the support app provided by your printer manufacturer to get the job done. For wired USB printers, investing in Printopia or O’Print is a more cost-effective solution than buying an AirPrint-enabled printer.

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