Simple Booth apps support printing over AirPrint, a wireless printing protocol made by Apple. Most new consumer printers support AirPrint, but before making any purchasing decisions please double-check that your printer specifically supports AirPrint and not just wireless printing in general. Apple’s website has a list of all AirPrint compatible printers that you can reference.
Some printers advertise being “wireless-enabled” or that they are “compatible with iPad” but only work with the printer manufacturer’s apps and are not actually AirPrint compatible.
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How our apps print
Printing photos can be complicated in any situation, but we’ve made it as simple as possible. Simple Booth apps automatically format your layout for the paper size you’re using. When appropriate, we automatically rotate the layout 90 degrees if it will fit better on the specified paper size, and photo strips are automatically duplicated side-by-side if there’s room.
When printing is turned on, guests can use a print button on the send page in the app. HALO customers can also turn on an auto-printing feature in addition to or instead of the print button.
Connecting the printer to the iPad
AirPrint requires WiFi to work. Printing over Bluetooth or via a USB cable is not supported by iPads. In order to print from an iPad, the printer (or your print server, if applicable) and the iPad must be on the same WiFi network.
If you try to connect over more than one network while you’re setting up for an event, we advise you to “forget” any network that won’t be used. In order to do this, visit your iPad’s WiFi settings and select the network(s) you’d like to forget. Unless a network is forgotten, your iPad may automatically switch over during the event, disrupting printing.
Wireless printing and digital sharing
Most people like to offer guests both digital sharing and print options during events. Many printers come with what is called an “ad hoc” or “direct mode” WiFi network that lets you connect to the printer without a router or hotspot. These networks are generated by the printer and do not have an internet connection. This is really convenient if you won’t have a network available for printing but obviously won’t allow you to share digitally.
Your iPad can only connect to one WiFi network at a time. In order to print and share digitally, consult your printer’s user manual to set it up on a WiFi network that is also connected to the internet. Alternatively, if you do not need social sharing or analytics or won’t have a network available at the venue, then you can just use the ad hoc network from your printer.
Not all printers will include an ad hoc network.