iOS 7 Tip: How to select and set up a wireless printer to directly print from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch (AirPrint)

iOS 7 Tip: How to select and set up a wireless printer to directly print from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch (AirPrint)This article will show you how to select and set up a wireless printer in iOS 7, so that you can print wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch with AirPrint. With an AirPrint enabled printer, anytime you need to print when you are on the same wireless network as the printer, you can just simply select print from any iOS app that supports printing. Here is a scenario to demonstrate how helpful this can be. My workplace has an Epson printer that supports AirPrint from iDevices. I had created a Pages document on my Mac Mini at home and saved it via iCloud. When I got to work, I needed to make some changes but I wasn’t in a place where I had access to my computer. So, I simply opened the document I had been working on at home in the Pages App on my iPhone. I quickly made the changes and then printed the newly updated document wirelessly to the Epson printer at work. I love it when technology just works! So, here is how to find a printer, set it up, and then print to it in iOS 7 from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch.

1. Select your printer

There are hundreds of printers that now support AirPrint. This makes it easy to find a printer that will have the features and cost point that you are looking for. Just be sure that the description states that the printer can print to an iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch using AirPrint. There are a lot of printers out there that have an e-print feature that is different than AirPrint and it doesn’t work nearly as seamlessly. I have selected 3 printers that I know have AirPrint compatibility and are all under or around $100. These printers are perfect for your everyday printing needs. Here they are (each of the links will take you to the printer on Amazon):

Airprint Compatible Printers on Amazon

  1. Canon PIXMA MG3220 Wireless Color Photo Printer-Scanner-Copier
  2. Brother MFCJ425W Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner-Copier-Fax
  3. HP Photosmart Plus Wireless e-All-in-One Printer 

For an exhaustive list of AirPrint enabled printers, see this article: AirPrint Compatible Printers

2. Setup Your Wireless Printer

Setting up most wireless printers is quite easy. All you will need to do is turn it on and enable the wireless signal. Then, find your wireless network and select it, entering your wireless network passcode. Once you have connected your printer to your wireless network, the next time you go to print from your iDevice, you will be able to select the wireless printer and print to it.

3. Print! Using your New Wireless Printer

iOS 7 Tip: How to select and set up a wireless printer to directly print from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch (AirPrint)There are quite a few apps that support printing on the iPhone, iPad (Mini) and iPod Touch. Here are a few of those: Mail App – Emails (tap on the share arrow at the bottom center to see a Print option when viewing an email), Mail App – Attachments (tap on the share arrow at the top right of any open email attachment to see the Print option), Pages App (tap the wrench icon in the upper right corner to see Print option when viewing a document), QuickOffice Pro (tap the printer icon at the top right of the screen – note: this app can open, edit, and print Microsoft Office documents including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint – see this article for more on How To Open and Edit MS Office Documents on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch), Photos App (tap the share icon at the bottom left corner when viewing a photo to see Print option), and Safari (tap the share icon in the bottom middle of the browser to print a webpage). Of course, you can print anything that appears anywhere on your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch screen by simply taking a screen shot and then printing the screenshot from the Photos app (to take a screenshot on your iOS Device, simultaneously push the Home Button and the On/Off Button – the screenshot will appear in your Cameral Roll).

iOS 7 Tip: How to select and set up a wireless printer to directly print from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch (AirPrint)When you print something from your iDevice, the Print Center will be active in your multitasking tray until your print job has completed. The Printer Center appears to the left of your home screen when you enter multitasking mode. Once the printing is complete, the Print Center will disappear from the multitasking tray automatically. If you need to cancel a printing job, all you need to do is double tap the Home Button and tap on the Print Center icon. Then tap Cancel Printing.

  • Andrea Wagner

    Hmmm..this looks something useful. Does this function present in my iPhone 5 it needs some Iphone 5 software reparatur

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      It should just be there on your iPhone 5, no special software required as long as you have an Airprint compatible printer.

      • Andrea Wagner

        Oh! OK. thanks for your reply and for updating such useful posts.

  • Jeff Smith

    Why do people need to be “taught” something that is readily evident if you just look around yourself? I don’t get why people are so lazy and then have to waste time reading about something they should have known about in the first place.

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      Not everyone has the time or the desire to go looking around for all these features. That is one of the reasons I try to include the basics as well as things that are more hidden so that everyone can hopefully benefit from the content.

  • Lisa Michael-Hall

    i open Pages stuff to print in the app print n share – i dont have an airprint enabled printer currently so this is the workaround i use but thanks for the tutorial going to save for future refereence!

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      Yes, I had to do the same thing before I got an AirPrint enabled printer. Now that I have an AirPrint printer, it is much easier. I’m glad the prices keep coming down on the AirPrint printers, too. They are much more affordable now!

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  • HeatherB

    Is there a way to make one printer the primary printer eliminating the need to select a printer each time…

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      Unfortunately there isn’t a way to do this at this point. Hopefully this will be something that Apple will add in the future.

  • Hudson

    Does the printer have to be wireless? Also how do you know if you have an AirPrint compatible printer (I do not have the i pad yet)
    Thanks so much :)

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      Yes, the printer does have to be wireless or else it will not work with the iPad.

  • Hudson

    The printer does it have to be exclusively Ipad mini adaptable or just Apple product adaptable?

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      The printer just needs to be AirPrint compatible. Here is a link to a list of AirPrint compatible printers.

  • Janet

    If I don’t have an AirPrint printer can someone explain to me how you can get a wireless printer to work with an iPad mini?

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      There are 2 possibilities with this. One, you can check and see if the brand of printer you have has an app designed to print on that type of wireless printer. For example, there is an app that allows you to print to some non-AirPrint wireless HP printers. The second possibility is to install and app on your Mac (if you have one) that can turn many wireless printers into AirPrint printers. But, your computer will have to be on and the app open for it to work. Here is the app: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/printopia/index.html

  • Joe Fults

    I replaced my broken printer with an identical one. I need to eliminate the old one from my iPad to install the new one because they have different ip addresses. Can anyone tell me how?
    Joe Fults

    • http://www.TeachMeiOS.com/ TeachMeiOS

      Hi Joe, the iPad should just automatically offer you the new printer in the drop down menu for printers if you have the old one off. Typically, the only printers that will show up as available for printing from the iPad are ones that are online and useable. Are you using the built-in print dialogue, or an app to print?