How to Print from Your Android Phone or Tablet Using Google Cloud Print
The world has gone digital, and businesses have adapted to this change in the most pervasive manner. All our data is now online, and the need for taking a physical print has gone significantly down compared to old times. However, there are still some processes that need physical file keeping. Documentation is still a part of various businesses, and consumers are often asked to submit a paper proof to carry forward their file.
Thanks to the technology, Android devices also come with the ability to connect to printers and push for a printout. Users do not need to have desktop or laptops to connect to a printer and get printouts for the important documents. For the ones who don't have a Wi-Fi enabled printer, you can still use your Android device to take printouts, courtesy Google Cloud Print service.
Google Cloud lets you print wirelessly with the help your Android device. It links your printer with your Chrome account and device to print on the move. Google has created a cloud printing app that works with your printer connected to Wi-Fi or to your computer through USB.
As nifty as it sounds, but the process of setting up the service is a bit complex, which is why we are here to guide you. Here’s how you can set up Google Cloud Print within Chrome on your desktop/laptop to begin printing from your Android device. You just need to register your printer on Google Cloud Print, which will connect it to the internet and let you take printouts as long as you have good internet connectivity.
Before proceeding, you must know that most of the printers are compatible with this service by Google but there are still a few that don't make it to the list. Click here to access the list of compatible printers compiled by Google. Check it to find if your printer is on it or not. After ensuring its presence on the list, you can scroll down and follow the steps to use Google Cloud Print service.
Setting up your Printer with Google Cloud Print
- Open Google Chrome browser on your computer
- Sign in to your Google account if you are not logged in
- Open “Menu" in Chrome (three vertical dots icon in the upper right corner) and then click on "Settings."
- Now, click on "Show advanced settings." and then select "Google Cloud Print"
- Click on "Manage" and then "Add Printers."
- Google will now show you a list of all available printers, select the ones that you want to add and then click on "Add Printers."
- It will detect your printer automatically and you’re all set to use it now
Using your Android device for taking printouts
Most of Android device come with bulit-in Google Cloud Print, but if your phone does not have it then you can go ahead and download it from the Play Store. Once you download it then the app will do its work in the background, which means you don't need to open it for giving the print command. However, you just need to make sure that Google account on your phone and desktop is the same.
- Open the document or image that you want to print
- Select the Menu button (three vertical dots in the top right corner).
- If you can’t find the option there then you can save the image or document to Google Drive and then carry out the function
- Now, click on “Print” and on the new page click on “Save as PDF”
- It will now show you the list of added printers, choose the one that you want to use
- After checking all the details, click on "Print" and your printer will start printing
Similarly, you can also print web pages and email by following this process:
- Open Gmail or Google Chrome
- Click on "Menu" button and then select "Print" option from the drop down list. In case you can't find the print option in the list then tap on "Share" and you will get the Print option.
- You will be taken to a printing page wherein you will have to select the printer that you want to use
- After selecting the printer, click on “Print" and your printer will follow the command.
We hope this guide helps you in setting up Google Cloud Print on your phone. Let us know if it worked for you!
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