Tech Tip: How To Enable AirPrint For Any Printer In Windows

>>>Tech Tip: How To Enable AirPrint For Any Printer In Windows


If you’re an Apple user, you might have heard about a feature called AirPrint, which lets you print wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad to an AirPrint-enabled printer. Unfortunately, not every printer supports AirPrint, and not everyone wants to go out and buy a new printer that does. With some trickery, you can install an AirPrint service on your Windows computer and basically share your printer with your Apple devices.


– iTunes and/or Bounjour installed in Windows
– AirPrint Activator IOS5 v2.6, available here
– Go into your Devices and Printers in Windows and share the printers you want available
– Enable the Windows Guest account (or you can use an Administrator account)

How To

– Unzip the AirPrint Activator from the link above and run the exe
– Click on the green Activate AirPrint button. After a few screen flashes, you should get a box that says “Aktivierung Erfolgreich”, meaning Activation Successful
– Add the program file path C:AirPrintAirprint.exe in your firewall program’s exclusions list or ignore settings to NOT be scanned or blocked by the firewall. AirPrint is the service that runs to communicate between iPhone’s wireless signals and printer.


– If your printers show a padlock next to them on your device, try entering your Windows username and password. You can also try using Administrator and the password for your admin account (as mentioned earlier). If neither of these works, go into your Services in Windows, double click the AirPrint service and select the LogOn tab. Here, put in your Administrator account and password and restart the service. This is what worked for me.
– For more troubleshooting, try this site.

By |2016-10-16T15:58:22+00:00April 9th, 2013|Categories: Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |50 Comments


  1. @MohammadFarooq_ August 11, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

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  2. Kim Ferraro August 13, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Are there mors steps that might need to be taken on a business network, i.e. enterprise firewall, subnet issues, etc. I’d really like to get this to work at my school but we have a very complex network across multiple buildings. FYI, we have a Meraki wireless network and Cisco and HP on the backbone, firewall is Fortinet. Thanks.

    • Robert Russell August 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t think so. I don’t have a complicated setup where I work, but it is setup with a domain controller and active directory.

      For login/user info, you might have to use domain\username as your username on your phone.

      Otherwise as long as your phone is on your wireless network, it should work.

      • Kim Ferraro August 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Got it. Things to remember, AirPrint server and mobile device need to be on same SSID. When the printer is asking for credentials it wants the LOCAL admin (or admin level account) credentials for the machine you are using – not domain credentials. I am using a dedicated machine for this and the firewall is turned off. The machine I am using is 10 years old and I am running XPSP3 and it worked like a charm. The machine and the default user (which I set to log on automatically) are both domain members but you still use a local admin account as credentials when asked on the iPad. Thanks for the good post.

  3. Stacy D Schi Ltz August 15, 2013 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I’m so grateful and proud!!! I found the printers… but I have the locks on. Ipad gave me option to enter user name and password for printer…. so I did using my windows log on information… but then either printer I tried just seemed to do nothing. So, I tried to change the LogOn but that made it worse.

    I know there is an easy solution to this- I just don’t know what it is. Thanks for your help.

    Also, is there an android airprint? My thing is I have an Epson Wireless I can use with Epson Print app on ios and android, but I have a USB direct connect laser printer that I would like to access via airprint configuration from my android as well.

    Thanks again.

    • Robert Russell August 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      It sounds like its just a matter of figuring out the right account to use. Make sure the LogOn account for the service is the same account you’re typing in on the phone. Also, after changing the LogOn account, make sure you restart the service. You can right click on it and select Restart.

      For Android, see my article here:

      Google released Cloud Print for Android. It is similar to AirPrint and usually requires a compatible printer. I believe you can setup Cloud Print through Google Chrome as well.

  4. Tommy September 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    For those who are wondering if it works on iOS 7, it does!

  5. Riz October 2, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I got it work on my phone ios7, only one problem when I turn off my PC then my phone can’t find my printer, but as soon as I turn my PC on phone find printer, can anyone please help me with solution.

  6. Riz October 2, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I got it work on my phone ios 7, only one problem when I turn off my PC then my phone can’t find my printer, but as soon as I turn my PC on phone find printer, can anyone please help me with solution.

    • DDR October 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Your computer is sharing the printer. You can’t print directly to a non-AirPrint printer. Your computer is the link between your printer and your iOS device. Turning off your computer will break the link to your printer.

  7. Scott November 21, 2013 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I attempting to enable iOS device printing through my Windows Homeserver 2012 64-bit system.

    I don’t seem to be able to get around the infamous “Error (1796) You do not have sufficient access to your computer to connect to the selected printer” after selecting a printer in the Bonjour Printer Wizard. I have tried changing just about every permission I can think of and running all the apps as an administrator (from the Administrator account), enabling the Guest Account, using a user account and countless reboots between each incantation.

    I’m running
    Airprint Installer version
    BonjourPrinterServices version
    Windows Homeserver 2012 64-bit

    Any suggestions or is good ol’ WHS 2012 just not going to let this happen?


    • Mick December 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Do you have iTunes installed on your WHS 2012 computer? Bounjour is required, and it is installed with iTunes.

  8. Mick December 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I could not figure out how to setup the windows (7-64bit) firewall to allow airprint.exe through it. The airprint service was installed and running. On the ipad I could see the printer and connect to it, but nothing would print. The Ipad would always say the printer was offline.

    Double clicking the c:\airprint\airprint.exe file, brought up the windows firewall dialog box, and I was then able to allow airprint.exe though the firewall. I rebooted the PC, and then the ipad could print just fine.

  9. frank December 17, 2013 at 5:22 am - Reply

    thanks a billion big help
    took some time to figure out but now working flawlessly

  10. Matthew P. January 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I got this working, however after printing from my iPad it could no longer find any printers. I restarted the service and it worked again, once. Seems each restart gets it going for one time and then I have to restart each time. When I go back in it says “Started” and “Automatic” so I don’t understand why this occurs. Any ideas?

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  14. khosro January 9, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    many thanks for your help.Now I can print with my iphone6.
    but I can’t set the page size of my prints.It prints just in 1/4 size of A4.would you tell me how can I set it ?

  15. Anna September 29, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Many thanks!!! tried several softwares, only this one worked. awesome job!!!

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