What is AirPrint

Posted by Mayank on April 22, 2012 in Apple

What is AirPrint

AirPrint is a wireless technology that allows you to print from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or other iOS device. This technology makes it simple to print your email, photos, web pages, and documents without installing drivers and software. AirPrint-enabled applications can print to an AirPrint-enabled printer without a need to to install a driver or configure the printer queue. Tap print, select the AirPrint-enabled printer, and print. That’s it!

what is airprint

AirPrint was developed by Apple and HP and was introduced in 2010. At that time, 12 printers were AirPrint compatible, all of them from the HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One series. Currently a lot of printers support AirPrint.

The AirPrint-enabled printer must connected to the same home Wi-Fi network as the iOS device. This is the default configuration in most home Wi-Fi networks.

Devices Which Support AirPrint

  • Mac OS Printing/Fax (any version)
  • iPad
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)
  • iPod touch (4th generation)


Printers Supporting AirPrint

A lot of manufacturers of printer support AirPrint. Manufacturers include

  • Brother
  • Canon
  • HP
  • Lexmark

Complete and up-to-date list of AirPrint enabled printers can be found here.


How to Print using AirPrint

A few things to ensure:

  • Verify that you have the latest version of iOS and the app you are printing from is the latest version.
  • Verify that the AirPrint-enabled printer has the latest firmware version installed.
  • Certain printer features or functions may not be available when using AirPrint (for example, selecting different paper trays, red-eye reduction, booklet printing, and so on).
  • Please read the printer documentation or contact the printer vendor for details on how to connect the AirPrint-enabled printer to the network.
  • AirPrint-enabled printers connected using Bluetooth or shared through a USB port of a Mac, PC, AirPort Base Station, or Time Capsule are not supported.

Print using AirPrint

You can print from the Apple applications iBooks, Mail, Photos, and Safari. App store apps may also offer this feature.

To print, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the action icon .
  2. Tap the Print button.
  3. Configure the printer options and then tap Print.

Note: If you are printing for the first time, or if the previously selected printer is not available, you will need to select the printer before step 3.


How to View the Print Queue

You can check the Print Queue by double-tapping the Home button to show the recently used apps. Then tap the Print Center.

Note: The Print Center is only available while printing is in progress.


Common and Known AirPrint Issues

No AirPrint Printers Found

If you face error “No AirPrint Printers Found”, you can use the below procedure to resolve it and many other printer issues.

Verify that the printer:

  1. Has power and is turned on. If it has power, turn the printer off and then on again to see if that resolves the issue.
  2. Is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the iOS device.
  3. Has the latest firmware version installed.
  4. Has paper with enough ink or toner installed.
  5. Is free of any errors displayed on the printer’s control panel.


  • Avoid connecting AirPrint-capable printers to the USB port of Apple AirPort Base Stations or Time Capsules. Doing so can enable traditional AirPort printing from a Mac, but it will not enable AirPrint functions for iOS devices. If you cannot use Wi-Fi networking to connect the AirPrint-capable printer, use an Ethernet connection from the AirPrint-capable printer to the Apple AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule.
  • Wi-Fi printers can take several minutes to join a Wi-Fi network after being turned on. Ensure that the printer is connected to the Wi-Fi network before attempting to print.

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