Several of our readers report that they are unable to print to an AirPrint-enabled printer. And when attempting to print, they receive the message: “No AirPrint Printers Found.” This is, unfortunately, a common error complaint and occurs more frequently than anyone cares to admit.
- 1 The Golden AirPrint Rule
- 2 Check Your Specs When Getting No AirPrint Printers Found
- 3 Confirm Your Printer has AirPrint
- 4 Check the Simple Stuff First
- 5 Tips for Fixing “No AirPrint Printers Found”
- 6 If You are Still Getting No AirPrint Printers Found
- 7 Reader Tips for No AirPrint Printers Found
- 8 Summary
The Golden AirPrint Rule
First, make sure that you are not printing from a public network. AirPrint is not supported via public wireless networks (e.g. public Wi-Fi or hotspots). So you will always see “No AirPrint Printers Found” when attempting to print via public WiFi.
Your iDevice (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch) and your printer(s) must connect to the same private 802.11 wireless network. AirPrint uses Bonjour, Apple’s zero-configuration networking, to automatically discover your wireless printer over your local network.
AirPrint is not supported through public wireless networks such as public WiFi hotspots, Bluetooth connections, or on cellular data connections.
Check Your Specs When Getting No AirPrint Printers Found
Verify that your iDevice meets the following requirements to print with AirPrint
An Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch that runs iOS 4.2 or lateriOS 4.2 or later can be installed as an update to a current or older Apple device, or should already be installed on a new Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
- Not all features are compatible with all Apple devices. AirPrint and multitasking are available on iPad (all models), iPhone (3GS or later), and iPod touch (third generation or later
Check that your app supports AirPrint
- Most of Apple’s native apps support AirPrint, including Safari, Mail, Photos, and iWorks. And many third-party apps available in the app store support AirPrint as well
- To check if an app supports AirPrint
Try printing from the app by tapping the Action icon. Tap Print to print with AirPrint
If NO Action icon or Print button appears, that app does not support AirPrint at this time
Confirm Your Printer has AirPrint
Next, double check that your printer has AirPrint built-in. Check your printer’s manual or website to ensure your printer comes with AirPrint. Alternatively, check Apple’s website for AirPrint to ensure your printer is listed.
AirPrint is not backward compatible with older products and there is no workaround to enable backward compatibility with older printers.
Make sure the router forwards Bonjour packets
Not all wireless routers support Bonjour or all of Bonjour’s features. Since Bonjour is the default method for discovering printers on a network, first make sure your wireless router supports Bonjour.
Check the specifications or support documentation for your router or contact the router manufacturer to make sure your router supports Bonjour. It must also support forwarding Bonjour packets.
- If your router does not support Bonjour, use a router that supports Bonjour or add the printer to your printer list using the IP tab and the printer IP address.
The Fine Print
Also, make sure you select the correct printer name. It’s often hard to distinguish printers if you have more than one printer by the same manufacturer. So check the exact model numbers and names.
And on more thing, AirPrint will not work if your iDevice is connected directly to the printer using WiFi Direct instead of your router or access point.
Once you confirm your printer forwards Bonjour, has AirPrint, and that you are using the correct printer name, follow the tips below.
Check the Simple Stuff First
Make sure that your printer has a paper in its tray and that your printer ink or toner is not empty.
Ensure that your printer is turned on. If the printer is on, turn it off and then on again to see if that simple step resolves the issue.
Check that there are no error messages on the printer control panel.
- Remember that WiFi printers often take several minutes to join WiFi networks after they turn on. So before you start, verify that your printer is connected to your the WiFi network before you attempt to print.
Tips for Fixing “No AirPrint Printers Found”
- Move the router closer to the printer but no closer than 6 feet (1.8 meters) from the router. And make other common household items like microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones are not nearby. These often interfere with your wireless signal.
- Make sure that the AirPrint-enabled printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the iOS device. Note that Wi-Fi printers may take several minutes to join a Wi-Fi network.
- AirPrint cannot be used on cellular networks.
- Make sure Airplane mode is OFF.
- Make sure that your iDevice is running the latest version of iOS and your printer has the latest firmware version installed.
- Check that your printer has not turned off wireless
- If it is turned OFF, press the wireless button on the printer to get it running again.
- Try switching your iPhone or other iDevice WiFi bandwidth setting from 2.4 Ghz to 5 Ghz or vise-verse (from 5 Ghz to 2.4 Ghz)
- If you are unsure how to check this setting, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- Turn your iDevice off and back on again. Turn your printer off and back on again.
- Switch off BOTH your router AND your modem, wait 30 seconds and turn back ON.
- Turn off Bluetooth and try printing.
- Make sure that AirPrint is enabled in your printer settings. Check your printer’s manual for this.
- If you have any computers connected by ethernet to your network via a router/modem, shut those computers down. With that computer(s) off, try AirPrint again.
- Change the Internet Printing Protocols (IPP) setting from Off to On to make the printer findable via AirPrint.
- The IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) is usually found under the printer’s Advanced Settings sub-menu
When turning devices off, try to remove the wifi router and printer from its power source and wait for 30 seconds. Then plug it in and try again.
If You are Still Getting No AirPrint Printers Found
- Find your printer DNS settings and enter 22.214.171.124 for the first DNS and 126.96.36.199 for the second DNS.
- Some printers revert back on their default settings following a firmware upgrade.
- For example, if you are using an HP printer, make sure the IPP(Internet Printing Protocol) settings are enabled for the network printer if you have configured the printer as an IP printer.
- Check your router’s firewall (or software firewall on your Mac) and let AirPrint through it using ports 9100, 139, 515, 631, 5393.
- Or temporarily disable your firewall and see if this solves the problem
- Set your printer’s IP address to FIXED or STATIC. Refer to your printer’s manual for how-to’s for your particular printer model.
- DHCP often reassigns the printer’s IP address when printer’s IP is set to DYNAMIC
Check Printer’s Network Configuration
- Find your printer’s IP address by printing a Network Configuration Page (refer to your printer’s manual).
- For instructions on printing a Network Configuration page, go to your printer manufacturer’s customer support site. Type your printer model, and then search for the document to “print a configuration page.”
Check the Active Connection Type in the General Information section in this report. The connection type should be Wireless.
Check the status in the 802.11 Wireless section in the report. The status should be Connected. The printer IP Address also displays in the 802.11 section of the report for active wireless connections.
Make sure the Network Name (SSID) in the report is the same as the name of the wireless network for your networked printer.
Verify AirPrint is Enabled
Open the Embedded Web Server (EWS) and then make sure AirPrint is enabled.
Print the Network Configuration page to obtain the printer IP address needed to view the EWS webpage.For instructions on printing a Network Configuration page go to your printer manufacturer’s customer support site. Type your printer model and then search for the document to “print a configuration page.”
Find the printer IP address on the Network Configuration page.
On any computer, open an Internet browser.
Type the printer IP address in the browser address bar and then press Enter.
- Make sure you type the IP address into the Internet browser’s address box. If typed into a toolbar search box or search engine, the EWS does not open
If a website security certificate displays in the Internet browser, click Continue.
The EWS information page for the printer opens.
Click the Settings tab.
Click Security, and then click Administrator Settings.
Under Network Settings, select AirPrint, if it is not already selected, and then click Apply.
- Restart your printer and try AirPrinting.
And remember that AirPrint is not supported via public wireless networks (e.g. public Wi-Fi hotspots) or via Mobile/Cellular Data
Reader Tips for No AirPrint Printers Found
One of our readers found that by switching off the airplane mode for a while and then turning it back safer 3 – 5 minutes solved this problem. Thanks for the workaround Jenni!
And GeekyGramps reports that if you have a multi-band wireless router, place your wireless printer and your iPad or iPhone to the same wireless router frequency bandwidth. And be aware that dual-band routers broadcast signals on two different frequencies, 5Ghz AND the older 2.4Ghz.
Older printers only connect at 2.4Ghz. Older routers are single band (2.4Ghz) and AirPrint wireless printing through these routers works fine. For reasons beyond us, AirPrint does not work on some dual-band routers. But the good news is that you easily change this WiFi frequency on your iPad or iPhone to the older 2.4Ghz using “Settings” menu. Another Great Reader Suggestion
- Locate your printer’s embedded web address by printing out the printer’s information sheet
- Enter that web address as a URL on a browser
- This opens your printer’s embedded web server site
- Change Network> IPv4 setting to “Manual IP” (choosing “select a manual IP address”) and “Manual DNS Server”
- Enter 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
- Under Advanced Settings>Network Settings>Infrastructure, check WPA-PSK Authentication>WPA Version>”Automatic (WPA2 or WPA1)” and under Encryption check “Automatic (AES or TKIP)”
- Under Network>Internet Printing Protocol I enable IPP
- Under Bonjour, select enable bonjour
- Check your router’s web address and see if it needs updating
- Verify that all your devices are on the same network
- Power down both router(s) and printer
- Wait 30 minutes then reboot everything
- Now see if you are able to print wirelessly from all of your connected devices
Thanks to Eugene for providing this in-depth, step-by-step tip!
It is no fun when our AirPrint printers suddenly stop working. We’ve outlined what we know and what we’ve learned from you, our readers. Hopefully one of these tips will work for you. If you know of a way to get AirPrint to work from your own experience, please share in our comments section. We love to add more tips onto our articles so we all benefit from the sweat and time equity of others.