How to set up a printer on your iPhone or iPad

Printing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is easier than you think, thanks to Apple’s AirPrint protocol. Just spend a little time setting up your printer before you start using it on your iOS or iPad OS device.

But what if some printers don’t support AirPrint? do not worry. To submit print jobs wirelessly, you can continue to use the printer manufacturer’s support app. Also, if you’re using a wired-only printer, you can choose a third-party AirPrint activator to help.

Print on iPhone and iPad using AirPrint

AirPrint is Apple’s wireless protocol that allows the iPhone iPad to communicate wirelessly with the printer. No drivers or support software is required. The only thing you have to do is make sure the printer and your iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi router. If so, you can print right away!

If you’re using 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 the printer is not listed there, skip to the next section.

1. Start by connecting your printer to the same wireless network router as your iPhone or iPad. You should check your printer’s user manual or online documentation for specific steps. For example, if you are using an HP printer with a touch screen 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, and tap. share icon. It’s shaped like an arrow coming out of the top of the box and appears in most iPhone and iPad apps (files, photos, Safari, etc.).Then tap printing Shared sheet options.

Selected photo and share icon

3. Tap Select a printer Options at the top of the screen. If your printer supports AirPlay (and is connected to the same wireless network as your iPhone or iPad), it will appear in the list. Tap to select.

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<p>Learn what you can do to troubleshoot an AirPrint printer that doesn’t appear on your iPhone or iPad.</p>
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Note: Learn what you can do to troubleshoot AirPrint printers that don’t appear on your iPhone or iPad.

5. You can keep the print job queued. If you want to see them, open App Switcher on your Apple mobile device (swipe up from the bottom of the screen or House Button), select Print center.. Then tap the print job, Cancel printing If you want to cancel.

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If your wireless printer doesn’t support AirPrint, you’ll need to install the support software available from the App Store. For example, you can use a printing app such as Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY, Epson iPrint, or HP Smart to print wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad. These apps also offer additional customization options for AirPrint compatible printers, so it’s still a good idea to install them.

Here’s an overview of how the HP Smart app works:

1. Install HP Smart from the App Store.

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

3. Tap Add the first printer Option to add an HP printer.

Add the first printer screen

Note: If you don’t see your wireless printer, make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, enter its IP address. If your printer uses Bluetooth to connect, don’t forget to activate the Bluetooth radio on your iPhone and iPad.

4. Tap a category (eg) Print a photo Also Print the document) Create a print job.

5. Tap printing Send the print job to the HP printer.

Visual instructions for creating a print job

Note: If the print job does not run, follow these troubleshooting tips to fix your wireless printer.

Print on iPhone and iPad using Printopia or O’Print

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


Printopia is a paid app for Mac for $ 19.99, but 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 your Android smartphone.

After downloading and installing Printopia, open Printopia and switch to. printer tab.Then select plus Click the button to add a printer. If you don’t see it, first connect your printer to your Mac.

Printopia printer window

Then, assuming your Apple device is on the same Wi-Fi network, open the photo, document, or web page you want to print on your iPhone or iPad, and then click[share button. The printer is displayed in the printer selection pane.Select it, make the necessary adjustments for your print job, and tap printing..


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 should now see the printers you have already added to your PC. If not, here’s how to add a new printer to Windows:

By default, O’Print enables all iPhone and iPad printers (including PDF printers). You can deactivate the printer by simply selecting the green icon next to the printer.

O'print window

Then start a print job on your iPhone or iPad and you will be able to select a printer.Then change the print job as needed and tap printing..

Print with any printer from iPhone and iPad

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

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