Print From Your iPhone or iPad to Any Printer, With Fingerprint [Windows/Mac]

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One of the limitations of the iPad is that it normally can’t print to just any old printer. If you want to print from your iPad, you usually need an AirPrint compatible printer. If you’re like me, and bought your printer before Apple introduced AIrPrint, or if you just own a printer that isn’t AirPrint compatible, there is a way to print from your iPad to your current printer.

To print to a printer that isn’t AirPrint compatible, that printer needs to be accessible by a computer that is on the same network as your iPad, and the computer needs to be turned on. I keep my Mac running 24/7 (with the display set to sleep after a short period of inactivity) so that my AppleTV can access my iTunes library, so the requirement of a running computer isn’t a problem for me.

If you can keep a computer running a lll of the time, then you can get iPad or iPhone printing by installing FingerPrint, an app that runs on both Windows and Mac. Once you install FingerPrint, your printer should appear in the print options when you print from any app that is printing-enabled.

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FingerPrint not only lets you print, but also send documents to Dropbox, open photos in iPhoto (Mac only), and open photos and documents on your computer.

Fingerprint isn’t the only app that lets you print from your iPad via your computer. If you’re on a Mac, Printopia does the same thing, plus adds Evernote support. It is twice as expensive as FingerPrint’s $9.99 price tag, though.

FingerPrint is available for Windows and Mac. I’ve tried the Mac version, and it has worked flawlessly for me. You can also download a free trial, which is probably a good idea so that you know that the app works with your setup.

If you know of other ways to print from your iPad, let us know in the comments.

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Evan Kline

Hello, I'm Evan. I write about tech from my perspective – that of the average 40-something tech geek. You can also find me on Twitter and at my real-life job as a lawyer.    MORE ABOUT ME.

6 Comments:

  1. Heidi Clintwood

    This seems to be a great application. I’m a big admirer of apple products and find every app to be even better than the previous one.

    -Heidi

  2. While this sounds like a great solution for those who have printers attached to their computers I would love to find an app that prints to an ip connected printer. E.G. one that is not hooked up directly to a computer.

  3. Hi all
    Thanks Evan for the informative article. There are quite a few apps like FingerPrint to let you print from iPad/iPhone and I have tried some of these but EuroSmartz do some good ones like Print which seems pretty cool.

  4. What I don’t get is why I have to buy an app to print from my ipad to my printer? My laptop never required additional software more than a driver (no, its not connected physically to the printer but through my home network), and buying an apple approved printer is not a logical option since I already have one -and even if I don’t-.

  5. I can print from my iphone5 but I just got an ipad and cannot print from it. Do need to set it up to work with my new ipad ?

    Thanks

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