Print from Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch to a wired printer?

Summary: Learn how to print from your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to your existing printer.   Also learn how to print directly from your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch directly to a wireless printer even if you have no computer.

My friend Don Jozwiak mentioned that he thought the Apple iPad would make a great primary computer for his parents, if only they could print from it.   Printing is not built in to the Apple portable devices, but there are at least two Apps that allow you to print directly from the Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch.   In this article I'll describe the iPad to printer method that is most likely to work for most people.

All methods of printing from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch are wireless.   That is, these printing methods use either WiFi,  Bluetooth, or the 3G celluar network to transmit your print job to the printer.    In other articles, I'll describe the methods that use Bluetooth and 3G to print.   In this article I'll describe a simple, inexpensive WiFi method that uses WiFi to print from your iPod, iPhone, or iPod Touch to your printer.

To print from your iPad or iPhone to a wireless printer without a computer check my article about Print Magic at this link.

The iTunes App store sells various Print applications for a few dollars.  A couple of the most popular iPad / iPhone printing apps are “Print Central,” “Print And Share,” “Doc Printer,” and “ClipPrinter,” from the EuroSmartz company.    The print solutions from Eurosmartz require that you have a Mac or Windows computer on which you'll run a small program (called a print server) that will receive the “print job” from the App on your iPod, iPhone or iPod Touch.  (Note: if you have a special wireless printer, you may not need a Mac or Windows computer to print).  You'll also need to buy the print app from the iTunes store and (easily) install it on your Apple portable device.

How it Works

Most of the  EuroSmartz iPad iPhone print apps work the same way, but i'll be describing their app “Print Central” in this article.    For anything you want to print from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch,  you'll navigate via the PrintCentral app.  for example, if you want to print an email, you'll first view the email using the PrintCentral App.  If you want to print a web page, or a contact, you'll access them first through the “Print Central” app.     When what you want to print appears on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Screen, you'll tap the “print” icon in the upper right corner of the screen to begin printing.   If you've not yet selected a printer, you'll see a dialog that will let you choose any of the printers that are available to the computer on which you're running the print server program.   You can also clip text from other iPod iPhone apps and p

rint it from the PrintCentral application.    After you start “PrintCentral,” you'll see icons across the bottom of the screen that allow you to print from eMail, Web Pages, Contacts, Images, or the clipboard.

I was surprised by how easy it was to print from my iPad to my old standard printer using “PrintCentral” from Eurosmartz.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Operating Systems: Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 10 minutes

Things you'll Need


Part A: Installing the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Print App & Server

The Print App and Print Server program need only be installed once.

Step 1 Step 1 Visit the iTunes App Store (tap the App Store Icon) then search for “Print” in the store
Step 2
Step 2 Pay for, then download and install the Print App.  The one I like is PrintCentral from Eurosmartz
Step 3
Step 3 On your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, click the “PrintCentral” icon to start the app

Step 4
Step 4 If you have NOT yet installed the print server software on your Windows or Mac or Windows PC, you will see a dialog on your iPad / iPhone screen that provides a URL where you can download the print server program for your Mac or Windows PC.
Step 5
Step 5 Install the print server and run it.
Step 6
Step 6 Run the PrintCentral App and use it to print photos, web pages, or email from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

Photo Credit

Image captures and photographs by Chuck Eglinton

Step-by-Step Instructions