Feb 02

Apple has introduced a ‘print’ button onto iPads, iPhones and iPods to allow you to print directly to a printer from your iOS device. Unfortunately  you need a special AirPrint enabled printer. Thankfully there is a free application called ‘AirPrint Activator’ that allows you to print to any printer, here’s where to get it and how to use it.


On your iPhone at the bottom of some apps is a ‘share’ button. If you click this button you get a menu of different ways to share the content, one of these options is ‘print’ as shown below.

Share Button


Print Button

When you press the ‘Print’ button you will be given an option to choose a printer, but unless you have a special AirPrint printer’ you will see no printers here at all.  (I have a Canon IR5000, a Canon inkjet, a Xerox and a HP and none of them are AirPrint!)

If you don’t have an AirPrint printer there will be no printer here to select

If you want your non-airprint printer to appear then you can download the following free donationware application called ‘AirPrint Activator‘ ‘HandyPrint’ from netputing. It’s free for 14 days then it asks for a donation of the amount your choice.
You download it to a macintosh computer that’s attached to your printer, then it allows you to print via the computer to any printer via AirPrint. Your computer acts as a bridge between your iOS device and printer.  Note you can’t print directly from an iPad to a non air-print printer, only via a computer.
Click here to go to the netputing page to find the latest version. It works on Mountain Lion and iOS6.
This will download a little application called ‘HandyPrint’.
You may then need to click on the ‘downloads’ button in the top right of Safari to find where it has been downloaded to.

Click on the ‘Show Downloads’ button to find it.

Now run HandyPrint by  double clicking the HandyPrint application.
You should get a window that looks like the one below.
Press the slider to ‘Turn On’ AirPrint.

The Printer should now appear in your iPad or iPhone printing menu!

There is a PC version that I’ve found but it costs $20. You can download from here:  http://www.collobos.com Anyone found a free PC version?

93 Responses to “How to Air Print to ANY (non-airprint) printer from your iPod, iPad or iPhone”

  1. Barbara R says:

    My printer is a KODAK ESPOffice 6150 and can print wirelessly. The iphone 4S with 6.1 (10B142) and the PC is running Windows 7.

    From what I have read so far I can download the App “Print n Share”. You have to open whatever you want to print through the app itself, then printer and pc needs to be on too. If other apps have an “open with” feature, you can use that to open whatever you would like to print in the Print n Share app to print it.

    Is this correct and has it worked for others apart from Jenn Indiana who very kindly provided the info for PC printing.

  2. Rio says:

    What’s wrong, do you need a airprint computer or somthing??? When I search for printers it dosen’t come up with anything. I made sure it was connected to the same wifi, made sure it was on and even checked if my printer was fully working.

  3. K.Woolnough says:

    It only workas on quadcore Macs not on dualcore

  4. Swanie says:

    Works perfectly on my i-Pad but not on my i-Pod or i-Phone. Why?

  5. Rona says:

    I have an ipad 2. and a laptop. Both of them are in the same wifi. We have a wire printer it is not an airprint one. I tried to print from my laptop and it works. But when I tried to print from my ipad it doesn’t work. Whats the problem? Anyone can help me pls, Thank you.

    • Andrew says:

      Rona, what sort of laptop do you have? This method will work only on a Mac. If you have a Windows laptop, you will have to look for a different solution, if one exists.

  6. Dick Farmer says:

    If I connect my HP Officejet 7700 to my Airport Extreme WiFi router via USB, will I then be able to print to it directly, without any middleware? Comments appreciated – thanks!

  7. Annie says:

    I am assuming this cool trick only works if you have wifi connecting all your devices. Unfortunately the only Internet access we have at home is via out phones, which we then turn into mobile hotspots in order to get Internet on our home Mac, iPad, etc. any suggestions on an app that will allow me to print to my non-air Canon laser printer using only my iphone 5?

  8. Annie says:

    I am assuming this cool trick only works if you have wifi connecting all your devices. Unfortunately the only Internet access we have at home is via our iphones, which we then turn into mobile hotspots in order to get Internet on our home Mac, iPad, etc. any suggestions on an app that will allow me to print to my non-air Canon laser printer using only my iphone 5?

    • Toni Magni says:


      you should be able to print from the iPhone, when the iPhone is in Hotspot mode, as it should be able to see the Mac and print to it.

      When you are offline and want to print, you need a local hotspot, such as the Airport Express, or any cheap-o WiFi router. Doesn’t have to be the latest model, as it will just serve you to connect the iOS devices to the Mac. You should be able to get one on eBay for $10 or so.

      In both situations, though, the Mac to which the printer is connected must be on in order for this really cool App to work.

  9. Dave says:

    Is there a PC version?

  10. Royston says:

    You would think Apple would do the obvious and get this sorted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No wonder Samsung are getting ahead ?
    Same with the picture capture and orientation

    Bad Apple !

  11. sam says:

    Samsung (android) is more limited than iOs-devises and you need to use googles webprint or hp eprint which ios can use too.
    There is NO direct wireless printing but you can buy software to do that…

  12. maggie says:

    so easy thans

  13. bobby says:

    fingerprint has a trial version that worked for a pc but has a watermark untill you buy the pay version for 20

  14. Joyce says:

    Can I print from my iPad to a hp photosmart c6380 all in one wireless printer or do I need a special app?

  15. Mary Lynn says:

    I have a mini iPad and I purchased a canon pix a mg3220. I set the printer up but my iPad is still not finding it when I push print. Should I send the canon back?
    It was advertised as compatible with an iPad but must be connected to the same IEEE802.11 wireless LAN platform. I’ve no idea what that means. The connection outlets or USB cords are to big to insert in my iPad.

  16. Jared says:

    You missed my personal favorite! Print Hub, which supports printing every filetype I’ve tried, has the option to connect to Dropbox, lets me edit photos before printing and best of all, it’s only $0.99!


  17. Leah says:

    I’m REALLY angry at the MISLEADING tag line/headline saying “How to print
    From ANY printer from your I devices” – as I’ve been searching for fixes as to print
    to the printers I already have!!

    How to print: Copy everything you type into the body of an email & send to a
    Computer that has word docs that can be easily printed. It’s better to take a few
    Extra minutes than be forced to buy a printer due to Apples selfish greed!

    I am not a about to indulge Apple’s insane greed
    By getting a specialty printer. I’ve been a loyal customer for years- & having my
    New IPhone 5 not be able to use any of the accessories I have because of the
    smaller charge port- & forced to buy all new stuff- & now a printer!?!?! What’s next!?
    I’m ready to switch to Samsung- cheaper, all products equally
    interchangeable & they aren’t blood thirsty greed monsters.

  18. Carlos says:

    WOW! Thankyou it worked great with my new Brother DW2270. First I set up my printer to work on the WIFI. Then I set up AIr Print activator. Very easy. Took less than 5 min.Thanks again. My Brother DW2270 is not supposed to “Air Print”(from mobile devices), only wireless print to my desktop. With this program I now am able to “Air Print” from my Iphone. Very handy. I use Iphone 5, and print from Invoice2go. That’s all I need to run my buisness. I used to print from an “Air Printer” Epson NX430 inkjet, it worked great but the ink is expensive ( before i found cheap ink at Amazon “wink wink”). I always used a Brother printer before my epson, but then I needed an Air Print printer so I got the Epson. Now I am happy to be able to print inexpensively from a Brother Laser.

  19. silvia tripodi says:


    I need a printer that would allow me to print from home to my office 30 km away. Does airprint offer that function? I usually buy Dell printers not sure if they have?

  20. John says:

    What is the deal here??
    I used to be able to print from my iPad!
    Why not now?
    Just another way to extract more money out of consumers!

  21. Rick says:

    I used to be able to print from my IPad to my HP printer before I downloaded the iOS 7. So would I be better off uninstalling this useless upgrade?

  22. Mike says:

    I can print from my G4 iTouch to my WiFi equipped HP printer with no problem, no Air print, airport, Air Supply or anything else as far as I am aware. My new iPad Mini with Retina display gizmo can’t do this. Like I’m going to buy a new Air Print equipped printer? Not likely! Nor am I going to set up my Mac Power book as an intermediary, assuming I understand the above discussion correctly.
    If my iTouch can print without this hassle, why can’t the iPad. Is this another “Apple” quirk?
    Venting solves little, but can be rather therapeutic, I guess.

  23. Liz says:

    Anyone got the free link for AirPrint Activator for Windows 64bit that they can post for the rest of us? Have trawled the internet in vain – like many others, no doubt – only to find info about how wonderful it is but no actual download link on any site I’ve checked on! Even AirPrint Activator’s own site doesn’t have one! Thanks.

  24. lucinda says:

    print n share is a good printing app

  25. Not so Happy says:

    The only operating system that will not print directly. Now I have to pay to be able to do this. My windows and Linux pc’s, Android phone and tablet all do, but no not Apple products. Only have Apple due to the kids school. (Only run Windows due to work). Over priced money grabbers.

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