Learn how to print from your iPad/iPhone to virtually any printer using AirPrint or third-party apps. Updated, 22 August 2013
Want to print direct from your iPhone or iPad to a nearby printer, without having to get your Mac involved at all? Non problem. With AirPrint or a range of third-party printing apps, this is a simple, convenient process. Here's how to print from your iPhone/iPad to a nearby printer, wirelessly or across a network.
See also: Best apps for printing from iPhone
How can I print from my iPad/iPhone?
Apple introduced AirPrint across iOS and OS X, a technology that enables Apple devices to print over WiFi to suitably equipped printers. The number of printers supporting the protocol is now quite high, but it’s always worth checking the specs to ensure that support is built in before you buy one...
With AirPrint, the option to print to from iOS will be available under the “Share” button in any application that supports printing, including Safari and Mail. As long as the printer is connected to the same network and configured correctly (according to the printer manufacturer’s instructions) your iPhone or iPad should find it without further prompting.
AirPrint support is built into a growing number of printers - including the streamlined HP Envy 120e.
But what if your printer doesn’t support AirPrint? If you have a Mac (or a PC, for that matter), you’re in luck. You can still share your printer with your iPad or iPhone and print via AirPrint through your computer.
The easiest way to achieve this is to use FingerPrint. It can be bought online (though not on the Mac App Store - the app by the same name on there is a security program, so don't get the two confused) for £14.65.
With AirPrint, you don’t even need to have your printer connected to a computer. If it’s on your local network, your iOS device should find it.
FingerPrint makes any printer connected to your computer and on the same network as your iOS device available as an AirPrint printer.
Increasingly, even printers that don’t directly support AirPrint - but that do have network capability - offer alternative methods. Check out your printer’s documentation to see if, for example you can print by email or look on the iOS App Store to see if there’s a custom app for your printer.