Ready to Print? Unlike a laptop, there are no ports or places you can use to “plug in” an iPad to your printer directly, so here are a few ideas to help you print from your iPad.
What is AirPrint?
Firstly, Apple has made it easy for you to print from the iPad wirelessly through a technology they call “AirPrint”.
AirPrint Technology has been quickly adopted by most major printer manufacturers for their latest printers or multifunction.
On recent printer or multifunction printer/scanner/copier devices with AirPrint, you don’t need to install any software at all on your iPad. It just works, as a printer at least. And all of the devices in your house such as iPhone, iMac or Macbook can print directly to it. And you can print from any content on the internet or locally to the printer.
All you need is for the printer/scanner/copier to be connected to the same wireless network as your iPad is.
For many people, adding a printer to their wireless network is easy, as several manufacturers give step-by-step instructions to add a new printer.
If you don’t have an existing wireless network, the iPad can be set up to connect wirelessly direct to the printer.
When you produce a file of some sort using any application, just look for look for the on-screen icon with the “Up Arrow” and one of the options choices will be Print.
The first time you see that print message, it’ll ask you to let it find and connect to an AirPrint device, and it will look for it. When it finds it, just say “yes, that’s the one I want” and it’ll remember it for next time.
More than Printing
You can do more on your iPad than print. There is a free software download from the App Store for HP multifunction devices that lets you do a whole lot more with your iPad. [I’ll use HP as an example here, because they have one of the best solutions. (e.g. HP Photosmart Premium)]
For example, place a photo or document on the scanner on your HP device, you can then return to your couch or lounge chair and scan that document or photo directly to your iPad.
With the scan, you can then you can do a bunch of things with it. Imagine scanning a multiple page document with the built in duplexing feature on your printer (if it is available on your model). Or scanning a family picture to email to your kids.
Using the HP iPad App, you can send the scanned document within an email to a friend. Or you could scan the photo or document to “Dropbox” or “Google Drive”, another internet storage site, or you could use the scanned photo to edit using a photo editing app like Pixelmator etc. There are so many possibilities with these free iPad software packs for your device.
If you don’t have an Airprint Printer
If, for some other reason, you don’t have one of the more recent printer/scanner/copier output devices, search the App Store for the word “print” and you’ll see a bunch more options which will solve your needs.
Normally, these options will require you to have your PC or Mac switched on whenever you want to print from the iPad.
In summary, AirPrint makes it easy for you to print anything from the internet or your iPad.
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