Modern gadgets are great tools that can handle almost any task you give them. Outdated printers, which previously required a tethering connection to a computer, have also been modernized. Now we can easily print from Android smartphones and tablets even if you are all over the world from your printer!
Modern printers can take advantage of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even NFC to print from Android devices. Of course, not everyone has one of these high-tech printers, but you may still be able to print from older devices with Android printers. Keep reading for more information.
Google Cloud Print
Printers with Google Cloud Print are becoming popular and affordable. I recently bought a printer that set me back only $ 50 and included wireless capabilities, including Google Cloud Print. With that in mind, some manufacturers are still living in the Stone Age, releasing printers without Google Cloud Print support. To save you the trouble of trial and error, Google has compiled a list of printers that work with Cloud Print.
Google Cloud Print is a handy tool for printing from Android. Since Google Cloud Print connects your printer to the internet, it is possible to print when you are out of range of your Wi-Fi network. All you need is an internet connection.
If you have a connected printer with built-in Google Cloud Print functionality, you don't have to do much to set it up. That said, every printer and manufacturer treats this process differently. The idea is to link your printer to your Google account, so keep your username and password handy.
Once the printer is set up, have the Cloud Print app installed on your Android device and log in to your account. The printing process is then the same as with any other device.
Print from Android:
- Open a document you want to print. This could be a Google Drive document, a photo in your gallery, or any other app / document that supports printing.
- Select the button Menu .
- Click on Print .
- On the new page, click the down arrow to the right of Save as PDF .
- Select the printer you want to print from. If you can't find it right away, click All printers to get a list of all the printers you have connected.
- When you are all done, click the print button.
an old school printer? You can still use Google Cloud Print!
Google has figured out a way to make even "stupid" make printers smart by using their own Chrome browser. This method works with any printer that has a physical connection to your PC running Chrome. This means you need to keep the computer turned on and the printer always connected to print from Android, but at least you can!
- Start Google Chrome on your computer.
- Log in to Google Chrome if you are not automatically logged in.
- Click the menu button in the top right corner of the window.
- Select Settings .
- Click on Advanced ] to expand more options.
- Scroll down to the section Print and select Google Cloud Print .
- Click Manage Cloud Printer Devices ].
- Look for a section called Classic printers .
- Click on Add printers .
- You will be taken to a list of all available printers. Check which one you want to add to your Google Cloud Print network and follow the steps to complete the procedure.
- After this, you can use your Android smartphone or tablet to easily find an app or file to print with. Go to the menu options and select Print. Follow the steps, adjust your print job and send.
Use the manufacturer app
Most printers from popular manufacturers offer a smartphone / tablet app to print from Android smartphones and tablets. Canon, HP, Epson, Brother, Lexmark and others are included in the list. We can't give you step-by-step instructions on how to use these apps as they are all different, but here's a link where you can find them. If you can't find the app, just search for it in the Google Play Store.
Some printers have their own email addresses, so you can easily print from Android without other apps or Services. If you have one, just follow the necessary steps to get your printer online and set up email printing. You can then send an email to your printer's email address containing the documents or files you want to print as an attachment.
Printing from Android with a USB cable
Although many manufacturers still do not use this simple feature, some printers may connect your device physically and print directly from Android. If that's the case for you, you may want to take advantage of this feature. You will need a USB Type-A to USB Type-B cable, as well as a converter that connects the port on your smartphone to the USB Type-A side of the other cable. Steps may vary by manufacturer and printer, but here's a general tutorial on how to achieve it.
- Connect the USB converter to the smartphone.
- Connect the USB Type-B cable to the printer.
- Accept plug-ins (or download them).
- Print as you normally would with your Android device.
Are you a proud Google Cloud Print user or do you use other methods? Let us know what your experience was like