Printers: Wireless printing explained AirPrint explained
AirPrint is Apple’s own 'built-in'' mobile printing facility on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
A major benefit of AirPrint is that you can print a wide range of document types over wi-fi.
Some smartphone and tablet print apps developed by printer manufacturers can only be used to print photos or PDFs, but AirPrint works in conjunction with apps already installed on your Apple device, so you can print from built-in apps including Mail, Photo, Safari and iWork.
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What can you print with AirPrint?
With AirPrint you can wirelessly print:
- Photos - using the photo app on the device.
- Emails - through the Mail app on the device.
- Web pages - displayed on the Safari browser.
- PDFs and office documents.
AirPrint is very easy to set up and use. However, there's little in the way of options to adjust print settings - you can't change the print size or quality settings, but you can change print quantity.
If your printer has a dedicated photo paper tray, AirPrint will automatically select paper from this tray when printing photos.
When AirPrint first launched it was only compatible with selected HP e-all-in-one printers. Since then, AirPrint compatible printers have also become available from Brother, Canon and Epson.
More than 100 printers are now AirPrint compatible. In our printer reviews you can sort the printers we've tested to find AirPrint compatible printers.
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