How to Hook Up a Wireless Printer to an iPad

Apple’s iPad comes with tons of features. While most iPads come with specifications and features that are similar to iPhones; they offer unique functionality that you cannot expect to experience from iPhones. Generally, iPads are more massive in screen size compared to iPhones. This is the reason why most people prefer to do office or work-related tasks with the iPad than doing them on an iPhone. With this, iPad users find it convenient to create and print documents through their device.

iPads come with excellent support for several wireless devices. With this, you can expect a seamless experience when printing a document through the iPad. It is worth noting that most iPads do not require additional third-party software when printing documents. However, not all printers are compatible with the iPad’s system. With this, you might need to do some tweaking when connecting the printer to the iPad.


In this article, we will teach you how to hook up a wireless printer to an iPad using AirPrint. Also, we will also discuss how you can connect a printer that is not supported by iPad’s AirPrint feature. So without further ado, let us start.

2 Ways to Hook Up a Wireless Printer to an iPad

1. Connecting via AirPrint

Apple’s iOS-powered devices come with the AirPrint feature. With this feature, tools such as the iPhones, iPod touch and iPads can connect with a wireless printer via the WIFI network. With AirPrint. You only need to connect both the iOS device and the printer through the same, and you are good to go. It is also worth noting that AirPrint is not a standalone app. This feature establishes integration with iOS connected programs such as Safari, Photos, and Mail. With this, you can conveniently print content other than word documents, such as webpages and photos from your gallery.

AirPrint only works with wireless printers equipped with compatible software. To check whether your printer is consistent with the feature, you can go to the Apple website and look for the compatible printers under “Resources.” Most major printer manufacturers equip their units with support for AirPrint. With this, there is only a rare chance that your printer cannot be connected to the iPad through AirPrint. Nevertheless, we still discuss these printers later in this article.  If you even haven’t bought a printer to pair with your iPad, it pays to check the Apple site before purchasing any product.

Once you have already checked the compatibility of your printer to the iPad, you can proceed to set up of the unit. Before pairing your wireless printer to your iPad, you should first install the printer via the WIFI network. Various printers entail different installation methods. With this, we highly suggest that you look at the user manual before setting up the unit.

Most wireless printers require plugging into another computer via the USB port. Some printers also come with an installation using the WIFI network. We highly suggest that you stick to the instructions on the printer’s user manual before proceeding with the installation process.

After installing the wireless printer, the next step is to navigate to the unit’s software settings on the iPad or the computer and toggle on “Enable AirPrint.” This is only applicable though for printers that are equipped with AirPrint support.

The next step is to configure AirPrint settings. To do this, you need to turn on the WIFI settings on the iPad. Make sure that you are connected to the same WIFI network as the wireless printer. After this, open Safari, or other applications where you want to print a document or specific media. Once you have opened the necessary program, look for the content you want to write and then hit the “Print “ button.

After doing this, the wireless printer should appear on the list of available printers. If it doesn’t appear on the list, check whether the wireless printer was turned on and is connected to the same WIFI network. Select the wireless printer and then print the document. If you have a printer that does not come with AirPrint support, the pop-up window would usually show an error message that goes “No AirPrint Devices Found.” This might also happen if your printer is already out of ink.

2. Printing with a non-AirPrint printer

Most wireless printers come with software to allow compatibility with iOS devices through the AirPrint feature. If you are one of those that have a printer that doesn’t have support for AirPrint, you will be relieved to know that there is still a workaround for this.

To connect your wireless printer with an iPhone or iPad, you need to make use of a third party app or from the printer manufacturer. With the use of a direct wireless access point, the printer would still be recognized by iOS devices without any hassle.

To do this, you need to look for a button for the WAP on the printer. Press the button and then go to the settings of the printer through a separate computer and then look for WIFI settings. In here, you need to find an open network that comes with the same printer brand and unit model name.

With this, you can print a document on an iPad or any other iOS device to virtually any type of wireless printer. You only need to look for the app provided by the manufacturer that allows such a connection.

As mentioned above, there are also some third-party applications that you can use to print documents and other content through an AirPrint incompatible printer. One of the best third-party apps you can use is Printopia. Other users also highly recommend other applications such as HandyPrint and Printer Pro.

The last option we will discuss is by printing a document through the Bluetooth connection. It is a simple, yet convenient way of pairing your printer to an iPad or any iOS device. However, not all wireless printers come with Bluetooth connectivity. With this, you still need to check whether the printer has one.  If it doesn’t have one, then we even highly suggest that you make use of the above mentioned third party applications.