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February 8, 2012

How to enable AirPrint for any printer

AirPrint is a neat feature built into iOS that allows you to print documents straight from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Like many other tools by Apple, it's only designed to work with a small, specific set of hardware, meaning that your printer probably isn't supported. Luckily, with the Mac application AirPrint Activator, you can hack Mac OS X to make AirPrint work with virtually any network-connected printer. 

First, download AirPrint Activator 2.0 on your Hackintosh or Mac. It will download as a zip file; unzip the file. A folder named "AirPrintActivator" will appear. Run the Air Print Activator app inside (unlike most Mac apps, you don't have to move the app into the Applications folder).

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In Air Print Activator, change the off-on switch to "on". Your printer should show up in the box on the right. If it doesn't, go to the Print & Scan section in your Mac's System Preferences, find your printer, and check "Share this printer on the network". 

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And that's all there is to it! Now you can use AirPrint to print documents, images, and webpages from any supported app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

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NOTE: I can't guarantee that AirPrinter Activator will work perfectly. For example, on my Xerox Phaser 6180N laser printer, AirPrint can only print when I use the secondary paper tray (which is usually used for oversize paper). Overall, AirPrint should be functional, but don't expect flawless compatibility.