How to Print from Your iPad with AirPrint

Apple didn’t include built-in printer functionality with the original iPad. A variety of third-party apps helped fill the bill to some degree, but still the faithful waited for Apple to come up with a solution. The AirPrint feature that subsequently arrived provided just such a remedy — to a point. You can print wirelessly from the iPad to an AirPrint-capable printer.

The first of these compatible features emerged on more than a dozen HP printers. There are now offerings from Epson, Canon, and others.

So far, Apple has not supported Bluetooth wireless printing. AirPrint works with Mail, Photos, Safari, and iBooks (PDF files). You can also print from apps in Apple’s iWork software suite, as well as third-party apps with built-in printing.

Although AirPrint printers don’t need any special software, they do 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 as an option when you tap the action button in various apps.

    The button resembles an arrow sticking out of a rectangle.

  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 underway, the Print Center app icon appears with all your other recently used apps. A badge indicates how many documents are in the print queue, along with the currently printing document.