So you don’t have one of the select HP printers compatible with Apple’s AirPrint? Don’t fret, we’ve got the guide that will make your dreams of wirelessly printing from your iOS device a reality. Ready to get started? Well let’s get on with it.
The requirements for the first part of the AirPrint guide are focused on the Mac connoisseur — PC users you’re guide comes at the end (so jump to the bottom of the page). The Mac version uses an OS X app dubbed AirPrint Hactivator which enables printing via AirPrint for nearly anyone in a matter of minutes. Rather than bore you with details, let’s review the six steps to get you up and running.
First you’ll need to download the latest version of AirPrint Hacktivator. Next, unzip the package and run Hacktivator. Slide the toggle switch in the app to ON, enter your administrator password and click OK to confirm. Jump into your System Preferences and double click Print & Fax. Click the minus symbol to remove your printer then add it back and check the box ‘share it on your network’.
That’s it, you are now ready to print on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 4.2 or later. If the steps have you a bit confused then this YouTube video will surely have you square. You can see the video walkthrough here.
Now PC users, the six steps to AirPrint with any printer has been slashed to three. This three step solution comes from a German blog Macerkopf which hosts an app that accomplishes the same task as AirPrint Hacktivator. Here’s the skinny of the PC solution:
First you’ll need to download AirPrint Activator (look for the English link). Next activate AirPrint. Open Printer in Control Panel then right click your print and in settings activate the “Share” checkbox. The last step is simply making sure Airprint.exe is enabled on your Windows firewall. Assuming you’ve done those three steps you should be on your way to using AirPrint on any iOS 4.2.1 device.
So now that we’ve walked you through the PC and Mac solution for getting AirPrint to work on nearly any printer, anyone up for the challenge? Let us know if you plan on enabling the feature and if you get stuck, drop us a line so we can help you out. We’d love to hear about your AirPrint success stories.