A lot of my customers have asked me about printing from their iPhone or iPad. These are great devices for the mobile workforce, but printing from them is one thing that needs to be considered before you can completely replace your laptop.
So, how can you print a document, presentation or anything else from your iOS device? Well, you have some options.
Use the Right iOS Device
First, make sure that you have the right equipment. The following devices support AirPrint, provided they are updated to the latest version of iOS:
iPad, iPad 2 (or later)
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S (or later)
iPod touch (3rd generation or later)
Use the Right Printer
You will also need a printer that supports AirPrint. Brother, Canon, EPSON, HP, and Lexmark all make models that support AirPrint. Apple keeps a list of these printers here:
If you have a printer that is not on the list you’ll need some additional software.
- AirPrint Activator 2.0 – http://netputing.com/airprintactivator/airprint-activator-v2-0/
- Free – Mac only
- Printopia – http://www.ecamm.com/mac/printopia/
- Paid – Mac only
- FingerPrint – http://www.collobos.com/
- Paid – Mac or Windows
Network Printers not Supported
I tried FingerPrint for Windows and was happy with its performance, however what I really wanted was a solution that would allow me to print to my network printers. None of the software in this article support network printers so I had to look for an alternative. I’ll write a follow-up article on that soon.
Please keep in mind that I only tested one of the solutions above with two of my local printers. Your results may differ and not all printers will necessarily work. Generally speaking, the newer the printer, the better the odds.
Have you tried any of these solutions? Do you have other recommendations? Let me know in the comments section.