How to Print Via Bluetooth With the iPad

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How to Print Via Bluetooth With the iPad
Learn how to print via bluetooth with the iPad. (printer cartridge image by hugy from

The iPad, the first tablet device created by Apple, features a mixture of smartphone functions, a total touch screen and modified laptop capabilities. You can perform a wide array of jobs using your iPad, but one thing that still remains elusive is printing tasks directly from the iPad itself. You can easily get around this using third-party software, the built-in Bluetooth connectivity of the iPad, and a nearby computer and printer.

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Things you need

  • iPad printing app

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  1. 1

    Download a printing application from the App Store onto your iPad. Make sure the program you download is designed for Bluetooth connectivity.

  2. 2

    Install the same application onto your computer. You need the application on both devices to allow for communication to the printer.

  3. 3

    Launch the application on the computer and the iPad, and turn Bluetooth connectivity on for both devices.

  4. 4

    Select the program you want to print from on the iPad printing program. If you have an e-mail attachment to print, for example, select the "Email" option, or to print a picture from an album, select the "Photos" option.

  5. 5

    Open the item to be printed and select the printer from the "Item" menu. The printers connected to your computer will be usable via the Bluetooth connection.

  6. 6

    Select "Print" once you have chosen a printer drive.

Tips and warnings

  • You can set your computer and iPad to automatically pair through the Bluetooth connectivity menus for easy printing whenever you want.
  • Do not move your iPad away from the computer while the printer is printing or you will sever the Bluetooth connection.

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