If you’re lucky enough to have gotten yourself an iPad, you already know how this device can make your life much simpler and easier and how there are many tricks and applications that will make completing simple tasks even simpler! One such application is AirPrint that is a true wireless printing function that you can use on your iPad. Here’s how.
A fantastic new function that works in the background of your iPad, AirPrint makes it possible to print mostly anything that you can see on your iPad. From photos to documents, from email to web pages and more, it’s never been easier to print quickly and effectively. AirPrint assigns an email address to your compatible printer and allows you to send files to the printer from a number of different applications on the iPad, including email, Safari and the photos folder. There is also a huge list of third party apps that are supported by AirPrint.
A truly wireless application, AirPrint requires no cables or connections and works wirelessly through your iPad. A standard feature on the iPad, AirPrint doesn’t require any downloads or complicated steps to set it up. Here’s how to use it:
- First, you’ll need iTunes 10.1 or higher. If you don’t already have a recent version of iTunes, download and install it now.
- Make sure the software on your iPad is new enough to support AirPrint. You’ll need iOS version 4.2 or higher.
- Check to see if you have an AirPrint enabled printer by checking the list here.
- Turn on your printer and make sure its connected to the wireless network.
- In Safari, on the page you’d like to print, tap the “action arrow” icon at the top of the page. This will show you the option to pick your printer and your printing options. The print status and queue can be accessed in the multitasking bar.
- In Mail, use the same process to print – simply tap the “action arrow” icon on the upper right side of your screen and your print options will appear.
- In iPhoto, the steps are also the same – the “action arrow” is all you’ll need to tap and you’ll be printing almost immediately!
Though AirPrint is currently only supported by a handful of printers, Apple has announced that compatibility will increase as more companies sign agreements to develop software to allow seamless interaction between the iPad and printers. However, if you own a printer that is not yet able to support AirPrint, there’s an easy way to fix this. Download Printopia, an application that will allow you to use AirPrint through your iPad and any printer available. Printopia makes all printers compatible without needing to change or modify operation systems or purchase an HP printer that is already compatible with AirPrint. Enjoy a one week trial or purchase Printopia for only $9.95 for a lifetime subscrption – much cheaper than a new printer!
Whether you already own a AirPrint compatible printer or if you’ll be testing Printopia, the iPad and AirPrint function are ready to make your life easier and allow you to print wirelessly with the tap of your finger.