Printing from your iPhone or iPad has never been easier, thanks to Apple’s AirPrint technology. AirPrint is a feature that allows iOS devices to print directly to compatible printers without the need for any additional drivers or software. However, if you have a shared printer connected to a Windows 11/10 machine, you might be wondering how to use AirPrint to print from your iOS device. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of setting up AirPrint to print from your iPhone or iPad to a Windows 11/10 shared printer.
Before we begin, ensure that you have the following items:
- A Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer with a printer connected and shared on the network.
- An iPhone or iPad running iOS version 4.2 or later.
- The latest version of iTunes installed on the Windows 11/10 computer.
Step 1: Install and configure Bonjour Print Services
Apple’s Bonjour Print Services is a key component in enabling AirPrint for Windows printers. Follow the steps below to install and configure Bonjour Print Services on your Windows 11/10 computer.
- Download Bonjour Print Services from Apple’s website here.
- Install Bonjour Print Services by following the on-screen instructions.
- Once the installation is complete, launch the Bonjour Printer Wizard from the Start menu.
- In the Bonjour Printer Wizard, select your shared printer and click “Next”.
- Choose the appropriate printer driver from the list and click “Next”.
- Click “Finish” to complete the setup process.
Step 2: Enable AirPrint on your Windows 11 or 10 computer
After installing Bonjour Print Services, the next step is to enable AirPrint on your Windows 11/10 computer.
Unfortunately, the Elpamsoft AirPrint Installer, which was previously used to enable AirPrint on Windows, is no longer available on the official website. However, the good news is that it still works for enabling AirPrint on Windows 11/10 computers. You can try searching for a mirror of the Elpamsoft AirPrint Installer by doing a quick Google search.
After downloading and installing the Elpamsoft AirPrint Installer, restart your Windows 11/10 computer.
Step 3: Connect your iPhone or iPad to the same network as your Windows 11/10 computer
To print from your iPhone or iPad using AirPrint, both the iOS device and the Windows 11/10 computer must be connected to the same network.
- On your iPhone or iPad, open the “Settings” app.
- Tap “Wi-Fi” and connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your Windows 11/10 computer.
Additional resource: How to Connect to a Wi-Fi Network on Windows 11
Step 4: Print from your iPhone or iPad using AirPrint
Now that you have enabled AirPrint on your Windows 11/10 computer and connected your iOS device to the same network, you can print using AirPrint.
- On your iPhone or iPad, open the app that you want to print from (e.g., Photos, Safari, Mail, etc.). Many native and third-party iOS apps support AirPrint functionality.
- Find the content you want to print and tap the “Share” button (usually represented by a square with an arrow pointing upward).
- Scroll through the available options and tap “Print”. This will open the AirPrint dialog on your iOS device.
- Choose your shared printer from the list of available printers. Your iOS device should automatically detect the printer you set up using Bonjour Print Services in Step 1.
- Adjust your print settings, such as the number of copies and page range, if necessary. You can also choose between color or black and white printing, depending on your printer’s capabilities.
- Tap “Print” to send your document or image to the shared printer. The printer will now start printing your selected content.
By following these detailed steps, you can easily set up AirPrint to print from your iPhone or iPad to a Windows 11/10 shared printer. This seamless integration allows you to print documents, photos, and more from your iOS devices, making it convenient for both personal and professional use.
Enable UDP port 5353 on your firewall
In some cases, AirPrint may not work with a Windows shared printer due to firewall restrictions. To resolve this issue, you may need to enable UDP port 5353 on your firewall. This can usually be done by accessing your firewall’s settings and adding a new rule to allow incoming and outgoing traffic for UDP port 5353. Consult your firewall’s documentation or support resources for specific instructions on how to do this.
Related guide: How to Allow an App Through Firewall in Windows 11
In case you run into any issues while using AirPrint with your Windows 11/10 shared printer, here are some troubleshooting tips:
- Enable UDP port 5353: If you’re unable to find the printer after setting up AirPrint on your Windows device, ensure that UDP port 5353 is enabled on either your device’s or router’s firewall, as previously mentioned.
- Check your network connection: Ensure that both your iOS device and your Windows 11/10 computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. AirPrint won’t work if the devices are on separate networks.
- Restart the devices: Try restarting your iPhone or iPad, as well as your Windows 11/10 computer. This can help resolve any temporary issues that might be affecting the AirPrint functionality.
- Update your software: Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running the latest version of iOS and that your Windows 11/10 computer has the most recent updates installed. Outdated software can sometimes cause compatibility issues with AirPrint.
- Check the Bonjour Print Services settings: Double-check that your shared printer is correctly set up in Bonjour Print Services, as described in Step 1. If the printer is not properly configured, your iOS device may not be able to find it on the network.
- Disable any firewalls or antivirus software: Some firewalls or antivirus software may block the AirPrint service. Temporarily disable these applications to see if this resolves the issue.