Enable AirPrint printer sharing for iOS 4.2 and higher for iPad or iPhone

To use Apple AirPrint on an iOS device like the iPad or iPhone you either need an AirPrint enabled printer or a printer that’s connected to a Mac. Here’s how to use a printer that’s connected to a Mac. In order to be seen by any iOS device, the printer needs to be shared on your local network. Go to System Preferences -> Sharing and activate the checkbox for “Printer Sharing”. Click the “Open Print Preferences” button. In my example, I’m going to share my Lexmark C530 laser printer.

Make sure the “Share this printer on the network” checkbox is ticked!

Obviously, both, the Mac and the shared printer have to be turned on in order to be seen by the iOS device. Now the printer is ready to be used on any iOS device (except iPhone 3G).

5 thoughts on “Enable AirPrint printer sharing for iOS 4.2 and higher for iPad or iPhone

  1. Surprised nobody answered Hunter’s question. If you open the “Sharing Preferences” button next to the “Share this printer on the network” option, you will have a full set of options for assigning user restrictions (based on the users on the computer you’re sharing with.)

  2. is there a way that when you setup printer sharing and restrict it to particular user or group that you can still print from your phone – or does the printer have to be totally unrestricted?

  3. Hi there,
    I have tryed exactly what you have done and my macs and Windows PC’S can print but my 4th gen ipod touch running 4.3.3 wont find the printer any ideas? and my mac is running 10.6.7.

    Please reply!!

    • You need an AirPrint capable printer. There used to be a way to hacktivate non-AirPrint printers but I don’t know if that is still possible in the latest OS X versions.

      Cheers,
      Jan

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