Print to PDF – iOS5 workaround

Hello everyone,

We have found a workaround to bring the ‘Print to PDF’ to show again on iOS5… please read on.

As you probably already know, on August 26th Apple removed ‘Print to PDF’ from the App Store. On August 24th, we received a call from Apple Developer Relations telling us that we are not allowed to use AirPrint as a way to print documents to PDF and for that reason the app could no longer be available on the App Store.

This news came as a surprise to us given that the app had been reviewed and approved 3 times already by the Apple App Review Team. Unfortunately, we had to comply with this decision and the app is no longer available for download and we can no longer provide updates to the app.

To worsen things, Apple decided to block virtual printers on devices running iOS5. As a result this made the app non functional after installing iOS5 which has been an extremely frustrating issue for us. Not only was the app pulled from the app store but the virtual printer that our app creates to print to PDF is now blocked by the OS.

However thanks to some of our super¬†awesome customers we just discovered that there is a way to make the ‘Print to PDF’ virtual printer show up again on the ‘Print’ menu on iOS5. We have tried this on iOS5.0 and iOS5.0.1 and it works well.

Here are the steps, please follow one by one carefully:

1. Launch ‘Print to PDF’:

2. After the app is launched, close the app by pressing the iPhone/iPad home button, this will send you back to the apps screen.

3. Then, double press the iPhone/iPad home button to reveal the apps running on your device, the screen will look like this:

4. Touch and hold your finger over the ‘Print to PDF’ icon for couple of seconds until the icons start shaking like this:

5. Close the app by touching the small red image on the top left corner of the icon.

6. After you closed the app, open Safari. Go to a website and follow the usual steps to print it:

7. The ‘Print to PDF’ virtual printer should be showing on the screen now. Simply touch the ‘Print’ button, do not touch the ‘Printer’ button to find more printers, just touch the ‘Print’ button:

8. You will get a message saying that the ‘Printer is offline’, just touch the ‘Continue’ button:

9. Open the ‘Print to PDF’ app again:

Wait for 1 or 2 seconds and DONE! The app should have your printed PDF file available. After this you should be able to continue using the app as before to print web pages, emails and other documents from the Print menu.

You may need to repeat this process after 10 minutes of your last print. We know this is not ideal but at least it will allow you to continue using the app on iOS5 and iOS5.0.1.

As we mentioned earlier, we are working on a different app that will allow to create PDF’s from emails and public facing web pages. This new app will work in a different fashion than Print to PDF but we hope it will become useful to you as well. We will post something on this page once we release that app.

Let us know if you have questions or comments to our support email:


Print to PDF enabler Mac App

UPDATE: Please read this: Print to PDF – iOS5 workaround

The original Print to PDF app worked by creating a virtual printer that was recognized by the native ‘Print’ menu on your iPhone or iPad. However, since the iOS5 update, the Print menu ignores printers created by the same device that is searching for the printers. This causes the ‘Print to PDF’ virtual printer not to be recognized anymore. The mac app we created enables the printer again by ‘advertising’ it on your wifi network on behalf of the device. This causes the ‘Print’ menu to discover the virtual printer again because the ‘advertising’ of the printer is done by the Mac app instead of the device itself.

We know this is a very restrictive solution but at least gives the chance to continue using the app when your Mac and your device are connected to the same wifi network.

Steps to install and use the enabler app:

1. Download the app from this link:

2. Unzip the file and copy the .app file to your Applications folder or anywhere else on your Mac

3. Run the app on your mac and make sure that your Mac and your iPhone/iPad are connected to the same wifi network

4. Launch Print to PDF on your iPhone or iPad, then you should be able to use the app as before. You should be able to open the mail or safari app and print as you used to.

Please remember to run the enabler app on your mac and the ‘Print to PDF’ app on your device to be able to print.

App screenshot:

Mac enabler app