How to Print from an iPad mini

Apple didn’t include built-in printer functionality with the original iPad. The iPad mini does have a feature to print, AirPrint. Th is feature subsequently arrived provided just such a remedy — to a point.

You can print wirelessly from the iPad to an AirPrint-capable printer, made by the likes of HP, Epson, Canon, and others. Hopefully, Apple will support Bluetooth wireless printing, but that hasn’t happened as of this writing. AirPrint works with Mail, Photos, Safari, and iBooks (PDF files). You can also print from apps in Apple’s optional iWork software suite, as well as from third-party apps with built-in printing.

Although AirPrint printers need no special software, they have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the iPad.

To print, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Print command, which appears in different places depending on the app you’re using.

  2. Tap Select Printer to select a printer, which the iPad locates in short order.

  3. Depending on the printer, specify the number of copies you want to print, the number of double-sided copies, and a range of pages to print.

  4. When you’re happy with your settings, tap Print.

If you display the preview pages while a print job is under way, the Print Center app icon appears on the multitasking bar along with all your other recently used apps. A badge indicates how many documents are in the print queue, along with the currently printing document.