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Can't print from your iPad?

Although it seems like we're always being told that printers are rapidly being rendered obsolete, there are all sorts of reasons why you might find yourself needing to print something out whether you're in the home or at the office.

Although it seems like we're always being told that printers are rapidly being rendered obsolete, there are all sorts of reasons why you might find yourself needing to print something out whether you're in the home or at the office.

 

Thankfully, you can use your iPad to print documents, and the process is relatively simple.

 

The first thing you need to do is make sure everything is set up as it should be.

 

Firstly, it helps if your printer is compatible with your iPad's AirPrint tool. You can try out the connection by opening a document in your iPad's Notes app. Hit the action button and then select print. You should find that your printer appears as the selected device - but if it doesn't show up straight away, let the iPad scan and then select your printer when it pops up.

 

You can then hit 'Print' and let your printer do its thing. The speed of the print will depend on how fast your Wi-Fi connection is, but you shouldn't have to wait for too long in any case.

 

If your printer isn't compatible with AirPrint, then the most obvious solution is to upgrade to one that is. However, if this isn't a realistic option for you, then you can always install Printopia (for a fee). Once you've activated it by going to System Preferences, you should find that your printer shows up in the iOS print dialog - all you then have to do is select it, and away you go.

 

A list of compatible printers for AirPrint can be found here at Apple Support