How to print from an iPad to a PolarPrint Printer


Printing to a PolarPrint Printer from an iPad can done in one of three ways, by emailing to a special email address, by uploading to the PrintCenter website, or by using the Pharos Print app (coming soon). The instructions below will walk you through the options.

Print via Email

Faculty, Staff and Students are able to print to PolarPrint from any iPad with email access. By sending an email from your Bowdoin email address to one of a few special email addresses, either the email itself or the attachment(s) will be available to print from any PolarPrint release station on campus. The following steps will help guide you through this process.


  1. Decide how you want your print job to appear in order to select the correct email address. 
    1. - Print jobs will be in black and white, and will default to duplex (double-sided). This is the default Address that should be used most often
    2. - Print jobs will be in color and be single-sided.
    3. - Print jobs will be black and white but single-sided.
  2. Decide what you want to print
    1. PolarPrint will queue up to 10 attachments per email when a message is sent to any of the above addresses.
    2. If there are no attachments, PolarPrint will queue the email itself to be printed.
    3. Ensure your print job is in the right format
      1. PolarPrint can print documents of the following application filetypes 
        • PDF (.pdf)
        • Word Documents (.docx, .doc, .rtf, .dot)
        • Excel Documents (. xslx, .xls, .xlt, .xltx, .xltm, .xlsm, .csv)
        • Powerpoint Documents (.pptx, .ppt, .pptm, .pot, .pps, .potx, .ppsx)
        • Visio Documents (.vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, .vtx, .vdw)
        • Images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .gif)
        • Text Documents (.txt, .mht, .eml)
        • OpenOffice Documents (.odt, .ods, .odp)
        • Publisher Documents (.pub)
        • An email message.
    4. Once decided, send your print job(s) to any of the above email addresses.
    5. You will receive an email reply from PolarPrint letting you know that your document has been received and ready for release.
  3. Additional notes 
    1. If you emailed at the color address but you release your print job at a black and white printer, the print job will only be in black and white, but you will also only be charged the black and white price.
    2. If your email to PolarPrint also includes images in your signature, those are looked as attachments and will appear in the PolarPrint queue. These can be ignored and not printed, they will auto-delete in a couple of hours
    3. If you are expecting to print just an email, the name of the job will be the subject line of the email.
    4. If you are printing an attachment or attachments, each one will be named the document name.

Upload to PrintCenter

PolarPrint's PrintCenter is a site that allows you to upload your print jobs from any web browser, including from an iPad, most smart phones, laptop or desktop computer

You can access PrintCenter from on campus at

You can submit documents to PrintCenter by following these steps:

  1. Log in to PrintCenter with your Bowdoin username and password
  2. Click the Upload button in the menu bar
  3. Choose a document to upload from your files. If you are on an iPad, you can browse through either the local Files directory, or enable the ability to view OneDrive, DropBox, Box, etc. depending on what apps you have installed on your device.
  4. Once uploaded, your document will show up in the list with the word "Processing" next to it. As soon as the document is done processing, you will be allowed to release the print job at a PolarPrint printer of your choice, using this same website.

Use the Pharos Mobile App

You can submit and release print jobs from your iPad or other mobile device through the Pharos Print app. 

Download the Pharos Print app from your device's app store. You can download the app for your iPad from the Self Service app on your device or by clicking this link:

Configure the app and log in

You will need to configure the app before you can log in.

  1. Once downloaded, at the login screen, tap on the gear icon. You will have two fields to fill in. Complete them as follows:
    1. Server:​​​​​​
    2. Port: 443
  2. Click Connect to go back to the login page.
  3. Enter your Bowdoin username and Bowdoin password and tap Log On
  4. Once logged in, you can upload and print your documents very similarly as with the website.


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