You can print wirelessly from an iPad using several different methods: AirPrint, Google CloudPrint, and using third-party print servers and apps.
How to print from an iPad with AirPrint
The most common and popular way to print from an iPad is to use AirPrint , which is Apple’s own protocol for allowing devices like iPads and iPhones to communicate over Wi-Fi with AirPrint-enabled printers.
As you may have guessed, you’ll need an AirPrint-compatible printer to use AirPrint, as well as a working Wi-Fi connection. And while the number of printers on the market is almost limitless, Apple is lucky enough to compile a long list of all the printers available on the market that support the protocol, a list that it updates once a month.
So, assuming you have an AirPrint-enabled printer and a useful Wi-Fi connection, here’s what you need to do to print from an iPad:
- While you’re in the app or webpage you want to print from, tap the Share icon (it usually appears as a square with a vertical arrow coming out of it). In some cases, you may need to tap the More icon instead (the More icon often appears as three horizontal dots). In the bottom row of options presented, click on the Printer icon. It can usually be discovered in the row that appears gray (rather than colored), and you may have to swipe left to find it.
- Tap Select Printer. Choose your printer, which once again must be AirPrint compatible for your iPad to recognize it.
- Press Print. If you want to print more than one copy of the page or image you’re printing, tap the More button next to “1 copy” before tapping Print.
How to print from an iPad using Google Cloud Print
An alternative to printing from an iPad is to use Google’s Cloud Print , which like AirPrint is a Wi-Fi-compatible protocol for communication between printers and devices. It’s not as easy to use the first time as AirPrint, but it offers versatility that Apple doesn’t.
Before we get too into this, Google Cloud Print only works from within Google Apps , unless you also download PrintCentral Pro . It essentially works as a third-party Google Cloud Print app for iOS. You’ll also need a Google account to use Google Cloud Print, as well as access to a Mac or Windows-based PC.
- Launch Google Chrome on your computer (again, not on your iPad).
- Click the More button (usually in the upper right corner of the screen).
- Click Settings.
- Scroll down and click on the Advanced tab.
- Click on Google Cloud Print.
- Click Manage Cloud Print Devices.
- Click Add Printers.
- Click on the printer you want to associate with Google Cloud Print so that its box is checked.
- Click the blue Add Printer(s) button.
The need to associate printers with your Google account can make Cloud Print seem more complicated than AirPrint. However, one of its advantages is that it can be used with printers that are not “cloud ready”, so it may be worth it if you have an older printer.
And once you’ve added your printer, using Cloud Print is as easy as using AirPrint. For example, if you have the Gmail app on your iPad, here’s how to print with Cloud Print:
- Open the email you want to print
- Tap the More button (usually in the upper right corner of the screen).
- press print
- Pulsa en Google Cloud Print
- Click on your printer
- press print
As mentioned above, you can usually use Cloud Print only with Google Apps. However, if you download PrintCentral Pro, you can also use it with non-Google applications.
How to print from an iPad using third-party apps
If you can’t or don’t want to use AirPrint or Google Cloud Print, another option available to newer printer owners is to use the specific app available for those printers. Most manufacturers – including Canon, HP, and Brother – have such apps, and they can usually all be downloaded from the App Store for free.
Similarly, you can download a third-party app, such as the aforementioned PrintCentral Pro. Other popular printing apps include Printer Pro, Print n Share, and To Print , and in most cases they allow you to print not only with printers that are compatible with Wi-Fi, but also with USB printers. They can even be linked with AirPrint printers, though they’re usually not available for free. For example, at the time of writing, Printer Pro costs €7.99.
How to print from an iPad: Set up a server
Finally, one option that allows you to print from an iPad is to set up a print server on your Mac or PC. This way, you can send print jobs from your iPad to the server, which in turn sends them to your printer.
You’ll need to download an app to your Mac or PC first, which may be preferable to downloading a third-party app to your iPad, as it will prevent your iPad’s relatively limited internal memory from being cluttered with additional apps.