How Do I Setup a Printer on My iPad Pro?

AirPrint allows iPad users to print documents, photos and emails without the need for drivers. This Apple technology enables devices like iOS devices to communicate directly with printers without being limited by driver restrictions.

To print, open any standard app such as Mail or Safari and tap on the share icon – typically found near one corner of your screen.

Connect the Printer

If your printer supports AirPrint, setting it up to print from an iPad should be as straightforward as connecting to your Wi-Fi network. In some instances, installing its software (also referred to as drivers) may also be required – depending on its model. This step varies according to each printer model.

Nearly all iPad standard apps feature a printer icon that you can tap to initiate printing. To do this, open up any document or image within an app of your choosing, tap Share menu > Print, select your printer from network list of printers available, select it then the job will automatically go out for print.

Some printer models require you to manually connect them to your wireless network, while others come equipped with built-in functionality that does it for you. These features may be indicated by a button on the printer itself or an icon within its menu that says “Wi-Fi” with an option called “Setup.” Follow these instructions to establish wireless communication with the printer.

Once your printer is connected to Wi-Fi, turn it on and ensure there is enough paper and ink in its supply. Also ensure your iPad is on the same wireless network and Wi-Fi enabled on both.

If your iPad cannot print from its network, a likely cause could be that its printer and tablet aren’t communicating effectively. This should be straightforward to resolve; first ensure they both connect to the same Wi-Fi network and are running the latest version of iOS (you can check this by going into Settings >> General >> Software Update and tapping “Software Update”) then try refreshing your Wi-Fi connection by temporarily disabling then reenabling Wi-Fi switch on iPad for some time then turning it back on afterwards.

If your printer still cannot print, there may be more serious problems at play; in this instance, it would likely be best to reach out directly to its manufacturer for support.

Turn on the Printer

Before printing from your iPad, it’s a good idea to ensure several conditions have been fulfilled. Make sure your printer is turned on, has enough paper and ink supply and connected to the same wireless network as your iPad. Also consider restarting it periodically as it could have gone into sleep mode to save power.

AirPrint is the easiest way to print from an iPad, supported by many apps and system settings on the device. Once connected with a compatible printer, all that’s required to print documents or files from these applications is tapping their share icon (typically at the top or bottom) and selecting Print from within them. Your iPad will then show a list of available printers on its local network that support AirPrint; simply choose which printer is desired and your job will be sent over.

If your printer is no longer listed or responding, try refreshing its Wi-Fi connection on an iPad to force it to search for it and potentially resolve any problems. To do this, open up your settings app on an iPad, tap Wi-Fi in the list of options, and then refresh it again.

An alternative solution is using a third-party app that enables iPad owners to print from any compatible printer – be it Canon, Epson, HP, Xerox or Lexmark models – from anywhere. Most popular models such as Canon Epson HP Xerox Lexmark printers can be found within these apps in Apple App Store. Some apps even provide custom print settings as well as watermark features for your documents.

If you are having issues connecting to your printer, try rebooting the router in your home network first. This may help if the issue lies within the router itself rather than with the printer itself. If that does not solve it, contact the manufacturer of your printer – they may offer firmware updates which could fix this issue in most cases.

Refresh the Wi-Fi Connection

Paperless societies may never become reality, but iPad has made printing emails, documents and images much simpler than ever. Apple’s AirPrint technology connects the tablet directly with compatible printers without installing extra drivers; typically the process is fast and seamless. If your printer has trouble working however, try some basic troubleshooting steps to restore it – they should work.

First, verify that both the printer and iPad are on the same wireless network. You can do this by opening up the Settings app on the iPad and tapping “Wi-Fi,” where if you see your printer listed as “Connected,” all is well; if not, restart both device as well as reboot both routers in case issues exist there.

Once connected to the same Wi-Fi network, launch the app you intend to use for printing. If it does not feature its own printing option, search for a share button or menu near one corner of the screen; once found, tap and select “Print.” A pop-up menu should then display with available AirPrint printers for selection; select yours before clicking “Print.”

If you’re having difficulty connecting to a non-AirPrint printer, there are various third-party solutions that may assist. Printopia software provides one such option that enables your document to move between iPad and Mac computer before being sent onward to its printer over Wi-Fi – particularly useful if neither your printer nor computer support AirPrint.

If you’re still having problems, contact the manufacturer of your printer for more information. It could be that the issue lies outside of your control – such as issues with its network connection or compatibility between its driver software and iOS devices – in which case their support team should offer additional tips to get it working again; or alternatively a replacement may need to be purchased.

Restart the Printer

Once your printer is paired with an iPad, it should connect automatically every time it comes into range of it. Unfortunately, some customers report their printer failing to connect. If this is your experience as well, rebooting could help; shut it off for 30 seconds then reactivate. Attempt printing again after reboot.

Utilizing an AirPrint-compliant printer on an iPad is straightforward and user-friendly, just requiring opening the document or file that needs printing and tapping the share icon before selecting your printer and changing any necessary print settings before printing. This works with most wireless HP printers.

If you’re experiencing difficulty connecting to a wireless printer, it may be related to either your router or printer itself. Check if all three components (printer, Wi-Fi router/modem and iOS device) are all connected on the same network before trying unplugging it for 30 seconds before plugging it back in; if this doesn’t work reboot both devices.

An additional way of printing from an iPad is downloading a third-party printing app from popular printer manufacturers like Canon, Lexmark and HP. Once downloaded from the App Store, simply follow its installation and configuration instructions to complete this step.

Star Micronics’ Star Setting Utility app can also help connect your iPad to wireless printers that do not support AirPrint. Once configured, this toggle switch enables auto-connect – meaning your paired receipt printer should connect automatically whenever it turns on and within range – when used. To take advantage of this feature, first download Star Setting Utility from the App Store.