Published On: Sun, Apr 22nd, 2012

How to print from your new iPad 3 using AirPrint

For all users of iPad 3 users, who need printing docs, images and files every day, now you can easily transfer docs from your new iPad to a wireless printer using AirPrint, a built-in app in your handy tablet. Turn your electronic files into paper instantly with hassle-free method. Forget USB cable, go wireless with AirPrint.

It was a common complaint by iPad users that they don’t have any easy way to transfer docs directly from iPad to a wireless printer. But now issue is fixed. Send files to printer and get print-outs as you normally do with any other device. No worries.

AirPrint is a built in app that is compatible with iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.

Getting started with AirPrint

For newbies, a step-by-step tutorial is given here:

Step 1.

Turn on printer that supports AirPrint. Connect it with iPad using wireless system of local network. Instructions are given in user manual of printer. Get help from there about how to connect with the device.

If this is not working, think the alternate way that is equally helpful. Insert Ethernet cable into the port on printer and a wireless router.

Step 2.

You will see “Settings” at your iPad screen. Tap it and press “Wi-Fi”. Connect Wi-Fi after turning it on to make sure that printer is also connected to the same network.

Step 3.

On your iPad, find out the document, file, picture or PDF that you need to print. Once you’ve got it, click right-pointing arrow icon at top-right corner of doc or image.

Step 4.

In pull-down menu, click “Print”. This is the main command you are going to give. Here you need to be specific about how many copies are needed. In Printer options, touch “+” sign to increase the number of print-outs and “-” sign to decrease number of print copies.

Step 5.

Tap “Printer” tab for scanning area for AirPrint enabled printer. Click on the name of the printer that appears on the list of discovered devices.

Step 6.

Finally, press “Print” to do the printing. There you have it all print-outs in the printer.

Page settings

Make sure you have selected the right format according to your particular needs. Learn how to format a page, picture or PDF document for printing through AirPrint. You will obviously get the same copy, font size, image layout and colors as you set in your iPad. Therefore, make changes in advance. As far as documents are concerned, do all cut, copy, paste, editing and omission before tapping “Print” command.

Important considerations

Make sure iPad has enough battery backup before using AirPrint. It can run short of energy if not recharged and obviously you can’t proceed further with printing or formatting the docs.

Detect device accurately. Local network should be connected. Place enough papers in the printer to avoid any disturbance. Printer should have ample ink in it or it will give dim colors. Don’t forget to add exact number of copies to the command or it can divert away from the required number. Store all print-outs nicely in a file or folder to manage these well.

You might need to find AirPrint ipad 3 compatible printers in this list.


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  1. Kathleen says:

    How do I know if my printer supports air print? It is a hewlett Packer wireless

    • James says:

      I followed exactly word for word above and tried to use the print command – YES it brought up the command but no matter what I did it would not show any printer available.
      Prior to updating iOS form 6 to the 7’s I was able to use the print command. I have tried Apple support, but so far have not found an answer.
      Perhaps one day Apple will again update and maybe just maybe I will be happy.

  2. JCG says:

    As of 12 Jun 2012, “AirPrint” still remains a myth. This “easy to install” procedure is a nightmare that after several hours working with your brand new wireless HP P1102w, tells you that Bonjour and Multicasting is not recognised by your DOCSIS 3.0 cable router.

  3. Lena says:

    Kathleen, apple have a list of airprint printers on their site: //
    also you can try a 3rd party app personally recommend print n share
    hope have been of some help

  4. Alan says:

    I got a picture to print. I have my HP printer plugged into the bck of my wireless. Found the address of my printer but can not print web er email. Bill Gates must have wrote the instructions for this iPad3!

  5. Leon Rehak says:

    Regarding your comments, the HP 6500a
    Does not work with any wireless products
    Such as,iPad or iPhone. HP support is non
    Support. I called apple, HP and AT&T for
    Help. I would consider another manufacture than

  6. Marlene says:

    My wireless hp has printed fine since install. Two days ago it quit printing from “notes”. Still prints everything else? Help!

  7. “You will obviously get the same copy, font size, image layout and colors …” Sorry, that is not obvious at all. I tried printing a short email from Mail on my iPhone to an Epson XP-830. The size of the headers (From, Subject, To) was very small, too small, while the content text was huge, resulting in 7 pages printed for a small amount of text.

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