Yes, you can print from an iPad, here’s how

You have several choices, even if your printer doesn't support AirPrint

By Kevin Shaw - Editor
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  • You can print from an iPad using various ways.
  • The easiest way to print from an iPad is by adding a printer with AirPrint, so you can print directly with a wireless connection.
  • If your printer doesn’t support AirPrint, you can print wirelessly by downloading your printer’s app on an iPad.
  • You can also print from your iPad by manually connecting to your printer with a USB cord.

You can print from an iPad using various ways. The easiest way to print from an iPad is by adding a printer with AirPrint, so you can print directly with a wireless connection.

You can also print wirelessly without AirPrint by downloading your printer’s app on an iPad, or by connecting your devices with a USB cable and adapter.

Here’s how to do it all.

How to print from an iPad with AirPrint

To print with AirPrint, you don’t need to install or set up a printer on the iPad like you’d do with a traditional computer. You just need to make sure that your iPad and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and then follow the steps below:

  1. Open the document, image, or webpage you want to print on your iPad.
  2. Tap the Share icon.
  3. From the share options, select Print. This will open the Print Options window.
  4. Tap No Printer Selected and choose an AirPrint-enabled printer.
  5. Choose the number of copies or other options, like which pages you want to print.
  6. Tap Print.
  7. After printing, tap Done.

How to Print From an iPad Without AirPrint

If your printer doesn’t have AirPrint, you can still print from your iPad wirelessly. Some wireless printers — including models from Canon, HP, and Lexmark — work with mobile apps that let you print to them from your iPad. You should look at the user guide or website for your wireless printer to see if it works with a printing app.

If your printer supports wireless printing using an app, then you just need to download an app like Canon PRINT, HP Smart, Epson iPrint, Brother iPrint&Scan on your iPad and set it up.

To set up a printer on your iPad without AirPrint and use it to print:

  1. Open your printer’s app on your iPad.
  2. Turn on your printer’s Wi-Fi.
  3. Go into your iPad’s Settings and tap on Wi-Fi.
  4. Locate your printer under OTHER NETWORKS and tap on it.
  5. Open the document, image, or webpage you want to print, then tap on the Share icon.
  6. You should now be able to connect the printer through the app and print.

How to print from an iPad with a USB cable

To print from an iPad with a printer that can’t connect wirelessly, you’ll need to use a piece of hardware as the go-between. You’ll need a USB cable and a USB OTG (on-the-go) adapter that connects your iPad to the USB cable.

To print from an iPad with a USB cable:

  1. Turn on your printer and connect one end of the USB cord to your printer and the other end to the USB OTG cord. Plug the other end of the USB OTG cord into your iPad.
  2. You should see a pop-up on your iPad — tap OK.
  3. Then, on your iPad, locate the document you wish to print and tap the Share icon.
  4. From the share options, select Print.
  5. The connected printer should appear next to Printer on the Printer Options page.
  6. Tap Print in the upper-right corner.

How to view and cancel a print job

While printing, you can view your print jobs or cancel them through the App Switcher.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom to the middle of your screen and hold until you see the App Switcher. If you have an iPad with a Home button, double-click the Home button to reveal the App Switcher.
  2. Tap on Print Center.
  3. If you want to cancel a print job, tap on Cancel Printing.

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Kevin Shaw is a seasoned tech journalist based in Los Angeles with a penchant for all things Apple. He started writing about Apple products in 2007 and it's been a love affair ever since. He has spent over a decade testing and writing about iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products. In his spare time, he likes nothing more than catching up with the latest news and sports podcasts on the beach.
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