Friday, August 30, 2013

How can I print from my iPad/iPhone?

How can I print from my iPad/iPhone?

Jul 18th 2013

Apple introduced AirPrint across iOS and OS X, a technology that enables Apple devices to print over WiFi to suitably equipped printers. The number of printers supporting the protocol is now quite high, but it’s always worth checking the specs to ensure that support is built in before you buy one...

With AirPrint, the option to print to from iOS will be available under the “Share” button in any application that supports printing, including Safari and Mail. As long as the printer is connected to the same network and configured correctly (according to the printer manufacturer’s instructions) your iPhone or iPad should find it without further prompting.

But what if your printer doesn’t support AirPrint? If you have a Mac (or PC), you’re in luck - as you can still share your printer with your iPad or iPhone and print via AirPrint through your computer.
AirPrint support is built into a growing number of printers - including the streamlined HP Envy 120e.

The easiest way to achieve this is to use FingerPrint. It can be bought online (though not on the Mac App Store yet) for £14.65.

FingerPrint makes any printer connected to your computer and on the same network as your iOS device available as an AirPrint printer.
With AirPrint, you don’t even need to have your printer connected to a computer. If it’s on your local network, your iOS device should find it.

Increasingly, even printers that don’t directly support AirPrint - but that do have network capability - offer alternative methods. Check out your printer’s documentation to see if, for example you can print by email or look on the iOS App Store to see if there’s a custom app for your printer.

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