Here is “How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet” | Digital Trends

This article provides “step-by-step” instructions on how to use “Google Cloud Print” and how to use a built-in feature in some printers that allows you to email a document to the printer for printing.

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These days, you don’t need a computer to print a document or photo — you can easily print them straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few ways to do so, but once you’re set up, it should be easy. Our how-to guide will walk you through all the steps and have you printing wirelessly in no time.

Source: How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet | Digital Trends

Google Cloud Print – Make Your Home And Work Printers Available To You From Anywhere

If you use the Google Chrome Browser, did you know there is a built in feature (called Cloud Print) that will allow you to set up your home (or work) based printer so that you can print to that printer from any web based device (such as your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, etc…)? This is a really handy feature when you are out and about and would like to generate a printed hard-copy of a document. Once you have Google Cloud Print setup, Cloud Print gives you the ability to store and manage (keep a history) of your print jobs.

Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience we recommend that you use a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.

cloud printerConnect a Cloud Ready printer

If your printer is Cloud Ready, follow your manufacturer’s provided instructions or see setup information for Cloud Ready printers.

classic printerConnect a classic printer

 To connect your classic printer, enable the Google Cloud Print connector using a Windows or Mac computer that’s connected to the printer. You’ll need Google Chrome to be installed on the computer. If you’re using Windows XP, make sure you also have the Microsoft XML paper specification pack installed.

If you are like me, you most likely have a classic printer. The instructions to install a classic printer is as follows:

Once Google Chrome is installed, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.

  1. Turn your printer on.
  2. Log in to your user account on the Windows or Mac computer.
  3. Open Google Chrome.
  4. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  5. Select Settings.
  6. Click Show advanced settings.
  7. Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Add printers.
  8. If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.

Print Anywhere, From Any Device, Using Google Cloud Print

Google is rolling out a service, called Cloud Print, that allows you to print anywhere, from any device to printers you designate; OR, get this, to a PDF file that is then automatically stored in your Google Drive account.

I found setting this up to be quite easy (see “How To” links below) and quite handy when I need to send a print job from my Chrome browser and Android Devices. This has actually helped me solve the problem of printing from my android phone and tablet to my old printer (which is not wireless).  Many of the printer manufacturers are developing cloud ready printers (i.e. see the HP Deskjet 3510 e-All-in-One Printer).

You can also print from Windows applications; however, the FREE edition of Cloud Print for Windows is quite limited (i.e. limited to registering one printer, one page print jobs, no printer sharing.)  Submitting print jobs to GCP is limited to three per day.  You can up the ante on this by going with some of the paid options.

Google Cloud Print

To get you started on this I will keep this short and to the point:

To learn more about Cloud Print – [CLICK HERE]

How to add a cloud ready printer – [CLICK HERE]

How to add a classic printer – [CLICK HERE]

How to use Cloud Print from your Android Device – [CLICK HERE]

How to Connect Windows PC Printers to Google Cloud Print –  [CLICK HERE]

Apps that work with Google Cloud Print – [CLICK HERE]


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