As technology continues to evolve, the way we receive coupons does too. If you’re a smartphone or tablet user, did you know that you might be able to use these devices to print coupons? One of my readers has been wondering just how to do this.
I recently got an iPad and am using it for everything it seems. But I have not been able to figure out how to print coupons with it. I can load them in the browser, click on them and everything looks good, but they don’t seem to connect to my printer. Can I print coupons from my iPad, and can you help?
— Robert D.
Depending on the website from which you print, you may or may not be able to print coupons from a tablet or smartphone. There are a lot of variables that can affect this, so let’s run through them.
First, you’ll need a wireless printer. If your printer is an older style that must be connected to a computer via a printer cable, you’ll likely not be able to print to it from a wireless device. Wireless printers have to be used on Wi-Fi networks.
If you have a wireless printer, open your tablet or Smartphone and connect to that printer. Now, here’s where things get trickier. Most coupon websites require a browser plugin to print. As you cannot install this browser plugin on your tablet or Smartphone, this currently will prevent you from printing from many popular coupon websites. The one exception to this is Coupons.com, which has its own coupon printing app. Download the app from the App Store (it’s free!) and once it’s installed, simply select the coupons you wish to print from within the app. The coupons will be sent to your wireless printer. And, just like when you print from a computer, you can print two of each coupon via the app.