How to set up a printer on an ipad

Updated February 21, 2017

When Apple launched the first version of the iPad in 2010, it showed just how far wireless technology had come. Forget about paper. With the iPad, users could read books, share photos and send documents virtually. The lightweight, handheld tablet was both a slimmed down and beefed up computer that could do just about anything -- but print. With the release of the iPad 2 in 2011, Apple added wireless printing functionality with AirPrint. Users can take advantage of the technology if they have a compatible printer.

Enable Wi-Fi on the iPad. Tap "Settings," then Wi-Fi. If Wi-Fi is not enabled, tap the "On/Off" icon to activate. Under the AirPrint Networks, select "Choose a Network." Find your wireless network and tap to select.

Verify that the printer is compatible with AirPrint. At the time of publication, only a limited number of HP printers were AirPrint-compatible. The complete list can be viewed at Apple's website. Install the printer on the same Wi-Fi network as the iPad.

Launch an application on the iPad that allows printing such as e-mail, photos or the Web browser. Select the content to print.

Tap the print icon within the application. Depending on the application, the printer icon appears as either an arrow facing left or an arrow within a box facing right.

Select the printer. Set the printing options, and tap "Print" to send the content.


iPad users without AirPrint-compatible printers can download apps on their device to access a wider range of printers.

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