The HP Deskjet Envy 4500 is the AirPrint enabled printer I use
In an ever-digital world, some people say that printers are extinct or headed that way but if you work-at-home or need hard copies for studying and/or work, your printer is likely to be quite important to you.
The key thing is you might not necessarily be sat at your computer when you realise you need to print something. If you spend a lot of time using your iOS device, such as the iPad Mini 3, you’re in luck as a native feature will let you print wirelessly to your printer.
AirPrint compatible printers
All iOS devices come with a feature called AirPrint and if you’ve got an AirPrint-enabled printer, wireless printing is dead simple; simply connect your wireless printer and your iOS device to the same network and you’ll be able to just press print.
To test this, head over to the Notes app, hit the square button (with the arrow) and select “Print”. Your printer should appear as the selected printer but if it doesn’t, tap on Printer, let it scan and select your printer once it appears. Once your printer is selected, just tap Print and your note will be sent straight to your printer.
Non-AirPrint compatible printers
If your printer isn’t AirPrint-enabled, there’s no reason to worry as you’ll still be able to print but you’ll need to tweak the settings. A downloadable application lets you trick your iOS device into thinking that any wireless printer connected to your computer is AirPrint-compatible. This does mean your computer needs to be turned on to print as anything your print from your iPad will go through your computer to your printer.
Applications that you can use include HandyPrint for Mac or this activation guide for Windows but there’s plenty of others to choose from. Once you’ve installed whichever application you chose, fire it up and it will display the printers available on your computer. Enable whichever printer(s) you want to use with your iPad or iPhone and then follow the testing steps above.
What can you print?
Once you’ve configured AirPrint, you’re pretty much ready to print anything from your iPad. Whether its an email from Mail, an entire webpage from Safari or hard copies of anything you’ve got in Pages, Numbers or Keynote, AirPrint lets you print anything you want quickly and easily.
Third party apps that have enabled AirPrint will also let you print with ease and as an example, Evernote lets you print your note and Google Maps offers printable maps and directions. The list of AirPrint-enabled apps is ever growing and shows no signs of slowing. Once you enable AirPrint, it’s as simple as pressing print on your iOS device and then walking over to your printer.
Have you used AirPrint? What do you think of it? Let us know your views in the comments below.