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How to print with AirPrint from a non-compatible printer

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AirPrint a practical method that allows you to send documents from iPhone and iPad wirelessly to compatible printers. In this guide we will see how to use other printers that are not equipped with this technology. While there are many printers compatible with AirPrint, you may have already invested in a model that does not support Apple's wireless printing protocol. Fortunately, the addition of AirPrint to a printer not equipped with the simple and fast AirPrint technology. It turns out to be a really simple procedure to print with AirPrint on a printer without Airprint thanks to an intelligent Mac app called handyPrint.

Print with AirPrint from printer without AirPrint

Previously marketed as AirPrint Activator, the practical app works by turning a printer connected to a Mac into an AirPrint printer shared on the network. Once configured, you will be able to print wirelessly using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac. In particular, handyPrint v5 a 64-bit Mac OSX application that allows you to print from iPod, iPad and iPhone to printers that do not support the AirPrint protocol.

What do you need?

Since this solution requires the printer to be permanently connected to a computer, it works particularly well for users with a Mac desktop or MacBook running in "shell" mode. In this article, we're setting up handyPrint with a Samsung ML-1860 Series laser printer, but you can use any printer that doesn't support AirPrint.

It is also worth noting that handyPrint now requires a minimum donation of $ 5 (3.90) to be used beyond the 14-day trial period (previously, AirPrint Activator was a free app). However, handyPrint is the most economical app of its kind. Furthermore, it reliably processes incoming print jobs and is easy to configure.

Use handyPrint to add AirPrint

To add AirPrint to your non-AirPrint printer, go to the site and download handyPrint 5.5.0. Although this version added MacOS Mojave compatibility, we found that handyPrint 5.5.0 also fully compatible with the newer Catalina macOS.

Then locate the file .dmg handyPrint in Download, open it and drag the handyPrint app to the folder Applications. Once done, you can eject the disk image from the app Finder.

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After copying handyPrint to your computer, start Finder, choose Applications and double-click the handyPrint icon. If your Mac asks you if you want to open handyPrint because it is an app downloaded from the Internet, go ahead and select You open.

As long as a printer is turned on and connected to your Mac, you should see that printer appear in the handyPrint app. To then add the AirPrint feature to the printer, simply set the activation button to the left of handyPrint to on. Depending on your security settings, you may be asked if you want handyPrint to accept incoming network connections. If this message appears, select Allow.

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This all: your wired printer should now look like an AirPrint printer on your iOS and macOS devices.

To check if it really works, find a photo or document on your iPhone, start the menu Share and select Print. Choose Select printer and you will then be able to print wirelessly using the wired printer you just configured with handyPrint!

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Don't forget that for this solution to work, your printer must be turned on and connected to a Mac and all your devices must be connected to the same wireless network. However, you will find that AirPrint using handyPrint works even when your Mac is idle, provided that the printer remains connected and turned on.

You can print for free for 14 days, after which you need a minimum donation of $ 5 to unlock a full license for the app. To configure a license or to check the status of the app and access its settings, click on the handyPrint icon located in your Mac's menu bar.


This is a good solution to print with Airprint using handyPrint until you purchase a fully compatible model with this useful Apple feature.