How to print from tablet?

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While the world is going paperless, there are still some instances where printouts are a must. In a pinch, that could mean having to print directly from your smartphone. Luckily, both iOS and Android support mobile printing, without the need for a third-party printing app. You can send your documents to any printer, so long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi network and you know how to add it. This can mean flexible print options for SMBs.

Printing from your mobile device isn’t hard – if you have an iPhone, it’s a built-in feature that you can access by clicking the share button on documents, depending on which app you’re in. Most Android phones have printing capabilities built in, but if your device isn’t giving you an option to connect, you’ll have to download the Google Cloud Print app.

If you’re interested in mobile printing on portable printers, there’s a roundup of options below. These printers, while a bit pricey, can be good options for business travelers who need to print on the go. They can also connect seamlessly to your Apple or Android device for quick and efficient printing.

Step-by-step guide on how to print from your phone

Below are step-by-step instructions for mobile printing, adding a printer and choosing a printing app for Android, iOS and Windows.

Android

Google Cloud Print comes preinstalled on most Android devices, but you can .

    1. If you download the Google Cloud Print app to your mobile device manually, you’ll have to identify or add a printer compatible with your device that’s on the same shared Wi-Fi network. Open Settings and find Printing to add a printer.
    2. Once your printer is added, open the app you’re printing from and tap the three dots that indicate more options (usually in the upper right corner) to find and select the Print option.

Best Printer Apps For Android

While there are some third-party Android apps that can address your printing needs, it’s likely best to stick with Google Cloud Print. This official application, recommended by Android, provides you with the capability of printing directly from whatever program you’re in, be it a web browser, email client or document management system. Instead of having to open a separate app, Google Cloud Print allows you to print directly from your phone or tablet.

Keep in mind that your specific printer may work better using its own plugin or application. For example, HP’s printer app is a plugin you can download in the Google Play app store. Once it’s downloaded, you’ll be able to easily print.

There may be other printer apps for Android, but make sure you’re using either the Google Cloud Print app or your printer’s preferred plugin. Third-party apps may not be the best method.

iOS

Apple’s built-in AirPrint feature makes it easy to print directly from any iPhone or iPad without downloading additional programs to your mobile device.

  1. You can only use AirPrint with printers compatible with Apple’s technology. Check this list to make sure your printer is AirPrint-enabled.
  2. Make sure your phone and your printer are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Next, open the app you want to print from and find the print option, which may be under Share, Print or Other Options. Tap Print or the printer icon and select Choose an AirPrint-Enabled Printer. For this example, we printed something directly from Apple’s email client.
  4. You should be able to easily identify and select the printer of your choice (or add a new printer), specify your printing needs (number of copies, etc.), and send your job to the chosen printer.

If you’re still having trouble using AirPrint, make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS and that the app you’re printing from doesn’t have any updates available.

Windows

If you’re using a Windows 10 device and you want to print wirelessly, the setup is easy.

  1. First, open Cortana and type in Printer. Select Printers & Scanners when it appears.
  2. Select Add a Printer or Scanner. Assuming your printer is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Windows 10 device, you should have no problem locating it and adding it to your queue.
  3. Now you should be able to print with ease.

If you have a Windows 8 device without a built-in driver, here’s what you need to do to wirelessly print:

  1. Download ($1.99). It’s a Windows application that makes it possible for Windows users to wirelessly print through Google Cloud Print.
  2. Make sure your Windows device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your cloud-ready printer.
  3. Link your printer to Google Cloud Print by opening Chrome browser and typing “chrome://devices.”
  4. Under New Devices, locate your printer. Click Manage next to it.
  5. In the Confirm Registration pop-up window, click Register.
  6. Go to Google.com/cloudprint and click Printers to confirm your printer is registered.
  7. Once that’s done, it’s easy to send files to the printer from OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox or your phone’s onboard media library.

Portable printer options

If you’re in a hurry or find yourself constantly traveling, it may be best to invest in a portable printer. Wireless printers can connect and print your documents in the same fashion.

If you’re using Apple devices, make sure you choose one preapproved by Apple so you have no compatibility problems.

As for Android, you should be able to add your portable printer in the Google Cloud Printing app without any problems.

Here are some portable printers that make sense for business travelers. Keep in mind that buying a printer should be treated as a business investment, so make sure you get one that is durable and a good value.

Connect a Printer to an iPhone

Connect a supported printer to the Square app on your iPhone or iPod touch. If you have any connectivity issues after following the steps below, learn how to troubleshoot your printer. Once your receipt printer is connected, learn more about printing receipts and order tickets.

Connect Ethernet Printers and iPhones

To get started:

  • Make sure your printer has an Ethernet Interface. You can order swappable interfaces, but be sure you request the Ethernet connection type on your printer.
  • Locate your Wireless router with an Ethernet Port.
  • Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi signal.
  • Check that your receipt printer and iOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To connect your Ethernet Interface printer:

  1. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable into the rear panel of the printer and plug the other end of the cable into the wireless router’s Ethernet port.
  2. Tap Settings > Printers > Create Printer Station.
  3. Tap Printer and select your printer.
  4. Tap Print Test to confirm that your device and printer are connected.
  5. Tap the back arrow and make sure to turn on Receipts, Order Tickets and Order Ticket Stubs depending on your needs.
  6. Tap Save.

Learn more about creating printer stations.

To connect more than one iPhone/iPod touch to the one Ethernet printer, repeat these steps with each mobile device. If you’d like to use one iPhone/iPod touch with multiple printers, follow the same steps above for each printer.

Connect Bluetooth Printers and iPhones

To get started, make sure:

  • The battery is charged and the device is connected to an AC outlet.
  • Receipt paper is loaded.
  • The printer has been turned on.

For more information on the initial setup of the printer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual for your model: Star Micronics SM-S220i and Star Micronics SM-T300i.

To connect your Bluetooth receipt printer:

  1. Visit your iOS device settings. Tap Settings > Bluetooth > toggle Bluetooth on.
  2. Open the Square app and tap:
  3. Select Settings > Printers > Create Printer Station.
  4. Enter a name for your printer and tap No Printer Selected.
  5. Select Connect a Bluetooth Printer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once your printer is paired, return to the Square app and tap Print Test to confirm your device and printer are connected.
  7. Tap the back arrow and make sure to turn on Receipts, Order Tickets and Order Ticket Stubs depending on your needs.
  8. Tap Save.

Note: Bluetooth printers are only compatible with devices running the latest version of Apple iOS.

Learn more about creating printer stations.

The Android OS doesn’t yet provide native support for printing. Thankfully, third-party developers have filled the void for Android smartphones. The most popular option is PrinterShare by Mobile Dynamix.

PrinterShare, also called PrinterAnywhere, has two printing modes: Nearby and Remote. Nearby mode prints to select Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-connected printers straight from the phone. You can install the mobile app directly to your phone, choose your printer, and print. You can print a test page via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi at no cost to see if it works. In fact, you can print 20 pages for free; beyond that, you’ll need to pay $5 for the full PrinterShare app.

If you don’t have a Bluetooth or wireless printer (and most people don’t), Remote mode prints over the Internet by installing “listening” software to your PC or Mac. When printing, the app “calls” the program on your computer via Wi-Fi and then prints through the computer to the attached printer. Because it establishes a peer-to-peer connection with your computer, it does not require a network printer.

In the step-by-step guide below, we’ll cover how to install PrinterShare and print through its Remote mode.

Step by Step

PrinterShare

Step 1. Download PrinterShare for Android using your computer (Mac or PC). Connect your Android phone to the computer and run the PrinterShare installer. Through the computer side of the program, select which printer to make available to the Android phone.

Step 2. Launch the PrinterShare app on the Android phone. Make sure that the computer is turned on, Wi-Fi is enabled, and the printer is turned on.

Step 3. In the PrinterShare app, select the icon for the type of file that you want to print. You can print pictures, Web pages, calendar entries, contacts, messages, your call log, Google Docs files, or PDF files.

PrintShare

Step 4. Depending on what you select, PrinterShare will prompt you to navigate to the specific item to print. If the document has multiple pages, you can choose the pages to print. When you’ve made your selection, click the big Print button.

Whether you’re printing a recently shot photo or a document sent via email, PrinterShare allows you to print quickly from your Android smartphone.

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From the manual woodblock printing of China to today’s wireless printing, where do you fit?

You have an android device. There are a lot of things you found online that you want to print. You have school or work documents that need to have hard copies. Sometimes, there’s no time to run to your computer to transfer files from your phone and print them from your PC. Other times, you forget your laptop in school.

Then there’s only the wireless printer available in the library for you to print with. You could always use cords to connect your phone to PC. But that puts your devices at a high risk to viruses that can harm your files. Printing from a phone using wireless printers is one of today’s most convenient innovations.

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How Did the Wireless Printing Start?

Remember when you still had to make sure that phones touched during a wireless transfer? You needed to ensure that there were no physical obstructions between phones. Wireless printing can still be traced back to the time of infrared.

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Infrared Data Association (IRDA) devices can send and receive signals and data to each other. An IRDA device can send a photo and data to another IRDA machine, regardless if it’s a phone or not.

Remember when you had an infrared phone and lined up in Kodak kiosks to have your photos printed directly from your phone? That was an early 2000s version of wireless printing. Today, printers use Bluetooth and WIFI.

Bluetooth Printer vs. WIFI Printer

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Bluetooth Printer

Bluetooth came after the infrared. Unlike infrared, Bluetooth devices can receive and even when the devices are not physically touching. Data can be sent and received even with a wall between connected Bluetooth devices. Exchange of Bluetooth signals is possible so long as both devices are within each other’s range. The Bluetooth connectivity ranges from 10 meters (33 feet)-100 meters (328 feet).

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the first Bluetooth printer in 2001. From then on, there have been a lot of available Bluetooth printers in the market. Here are some of the best Bluetooth printers from top brands:

HP:
Officejet 100 Mobile Printer (L411)
Photosmart C8180, C8183, C8188 Printers
Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer (L511a)
Photosmart Premium All-in-One Printers (C309)
Photosmart A646 Compact Photo Printer

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BROTHER:
QL820NWB
Hl-2230 Monochrome Laser Printer
HL-L2300D Standard Laser Printer
MFCL2710DW

CANON:
TS9120 PIXMA Gray Wireless
TS8120 PIXMA Black Wireless
TS6120 PIXMA Black Wireless
TS5120 PIXMA Black Wireless
TR8520 PIXMA Wireless
TR7520 PIXMA Wireless

Printing with Bluetooth

All android phones today are Bluetooth transceivers. A transceiver is a device that can both send and receive data. However, there are only a few available Bluetooth printers today. Usually, Bluetooth printers are used for photo and receipt printing. If you still happen to have one, like the Canon PIXMA TS6120 Wireless, here is how you can print wireless via Bluetooth:

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Setting up the Printer

1. Set-up your printer. Each printer comes with its setup guides. Refer to your printer’s accompanying manual.

2. Enable your printer’s Bluetooth feature. Each printer has a slightly different way of turning this feature on. Usually, you will have to go to the menu, select the Bluetooth icon, and turn on the Bluetooth through a toggle button.

Setting up the Android Phone

1. Turn on your android device’s Bluetooth.

2. Go to settings, device connection, Bluetooth, then turn Bluetooth on. Or you could access the Bluetooth settings on your phone’s drop-down menu or notification bar. Make sure that your android phone’s Bluetooth is turned on and is set to “visible.”

Connecting Phone to Printer

1. In your android phone, click search for devices. Select the Bluetooth of your printer. Usually, the printer’s Bluetooth name is also its brand name.

2. Connect to the printer’s Bluetooth.

3. If there’s a prompt that appeared on your android device for a Bluetooth passkey, check your printer’s Bluetooth menu. There should be an option for the passkey. Enter the passkey on your android device.

4. Your android device is now connected to your Bluetooth printer.

Printing

1. Once phone and printer are connected, you can wirelessly print documents and photos from your android phone.

2. To print from android to Bluetooth printer: select a document in your android phone that you want to print.

3. Click on the menu of the document and select “share via Bluetooth.”

4. Share the document to your printer’s Bluetooth and it will automatically print from there.

WIFI Printer

WIFI printers became popular in the late 2000s. Unlike Bluetooth where only a device can connect to the printer at a time, WIFI printers can cater to multiple devices simultaneously. WIFI connection has a wider range than Bluetooth. While Bluetooth has only a range of 10 meters (33 feet)-100 meters (328 feet), WIFI has a range of 46 meters (150 feet) up to 92 meters (300 feet). So you can still wirelessly print from your phone even if you’re just in your bedroom and your wireless printer is in your home’s study.

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Wireless WIFI printers are more widely available now than Bluetooth printers. Some of the top brands have their take on the WIFI printer. Here are samples of available WIFI printers:

HP:
OfficeJet 5255 All-in-One Printer
ENVY 5055 All-in-One Printer
Tango Printer
OfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Printer
DeskJet 3755 All-in-One Printer

SAMSUNG:
ML-1865 Laser Printer series
Xpress SL-M2020
ML-2525
Xpress SL-C430
CLP-315 Color Laser Printer series

EPSON:
SureColor T3170 Wireless Printer
Expression Premium ET-7700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer
FX-890II Impact Printer
Epson Expression Home XP-340 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer
WorkForce Pro WF-4730 All-in-One Printer

Photo by Max Pixel

BROTHER:
MFCJ6545DW
MFCJ5845DW
MFCL3770CDW
MFCJ995DW
MFCL5850DW

CANON:
TS702 PIXMA Wireless
MAXIFY iB4120
TS9521C PIXMA Wireless
TR7520 PIXMA Wireless
MG3620 PIXMA Black Wireless

Printing with WIFI

To print from android, follow these steps:

1. Make sure that your WIFI network is open and available.

2. Set-up your printer. Each printer comes with its setup guides. Refer to your printer’s accompanying manual.

3. Connect your printer to the WIFI. Each printer has a slightly different way of turning this feature on. Usually, you will have to go to the menu, select the WIFI icon, and turn on the WIFI through a toggle button. Then, select the WIFI name of your WIFI network, key in the password, and connect.

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1. Connect your phone to your WIFI network. You can go to your android phone’s settings -> wireless and networks -> WIFI then turn on the WIFI through the toggle button.

2. Select the WIFI name of your WIFI network, key in the password, and connect. Make sure that you connect to the same WIFI network as your printer.

3. On your android phone, download your printer’s printing app through Google Play. Again, this differs for each printer depending on your printer’s model. Here are some links to download some top printer brands’ printing applications from HP, Samsung, Epson, Brother, and Canon.

1. To print from the app: Open the printing application.

2. Select “Print” and then select the document from your phone. You can edit some documents like .docx files from the printing application.

3. When you have set your preferences (paper size, paper orientation, number of copies), click “Print”.

4. In the pop-up screen, select your printer. You have already successfully printed using your android phone.

5. To print from document/email/browser: Make sure that your printer and android phone are connected to the same WIFI network. Click on the menu of the document and select “Print”.

6. There will be a printing prompt on your screen. Select your printer. You have already successfully printed using your android phone.

If you’re an Android newcomer, printing probably seems like a no brainer: click a menu, tap a command. But if you’re a longtime Android user, you probably remember how printing from your mobile got its start. The good news is it’s easier than ever to print from your Android device.

Printing on Android used to mean installing the janky Google Cloud Print app, then “sharing” whatever it is you’re trying to print with that app. It was a really roundabout and not-at-all-intuitive way to go about printing things from mobile. It just didn’t make sense.

Today, in the modern world, printing is so much simpler, because it’s baked into the operating system and most of your apps. Really, that’s the only limitation you need to consider: the app has to support printing. For example, you won’t be printing any Facebook posts from the mobile app, because it doesn’t support that feature. You’ll really find it in places that make sense: Gmail, Google Docs, photos, and so on.

So, while printing on Android has gotten significantly easier over the past few years, there are still some things to be aware of.

How to Add and Manage Printers

Like I said earlier, Cloud Print is now part of the OS. In the past, this app is where you’d go to find and manage printers, but since it’s no longer a standalone product, all that stuff is now tucked away neatly in the Settings menu.

To check your printer situation, first pull down the notification shade and hit the cog icon. On some devices, like anything running stock Android, you may need to pull it twice. This will get you into the Settings menu.

Now, this is where things can get hairy: every manufacturer seems to hide the setting we’re looking for in a different place. So, for the sake of simplicity and universal acceptance, we’re going to do this the easy way: tap the magnifying glass icon (or the word “Search” on Samsung handsets), then search for “Printing.”

Regardless of where the setting is on your specific phone, the option should pop up. Tap that guy and be thankful for the search tool. It just saved you a lot of hassle.

Now that you’re there, some options may or may not be available. For example, Cloud Print should be there regardless of which type of device you have. But there are also some specifics, like “Samsung Print Service Plugin” which will be available on Samsung devices, as well as other devices if you’ve had a Samsung device before. It’s interesting.

Regardless of how many options are listed here, the result is still the same: this is where you manage your printing options. More often than not, you’re going to just use Cloud Print for most everything, because it’s the most prolific on Android.

If you’d like to manage your printers, tap on “Cloud Print,” then the three-button overflow menu in the top right (on Samsung devices, it may read “MORE”).

This is where you can choose to add a printer to your Cloud—just select “Add printer.” The app will automatically start searching for printers on your local network. If it’s already a part of cloud print, then it won’t show up here, which will help you avoid duplicates.

NOTE: Cloud Print only works with printers that are connected to your network directly over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. If you’re sharing a printer connected to a Windows computer, for example, it won’t work–but we have some other options for you at the end of this post.

If you’re not looking to add a printer, though, just tap “Settings” instead of “Add printer.”

In the Settings menu, you can change things like printer visibility for specific accounts—for example, if you have a work email and printers on your device, but don’t want those printers to display in your list, simple jump into that account and change the visibility. You can also choose to show only printers that you’ve used recently.

Otherwise, this is where you’ll manage print jobs and printers. It’s all really straightforward.

How to Print in Supported Applications

Okay, so now that you know how to add and manage printers, let’s talk about actually printing something from your phone. Like I said earlier, only some apps support printing. Pretty much any office-based applications, like Word, Docs, Excel, Spreadsheets, Gmail, etc. will work for you, but Google’s Photos app also supports printing.

The thing is, it’s kind of hidden in certain apps. For example, it’s pretty front-and-center in Photos—just tap the three-button overflow menu, then “Print.” So simple.

In Sheets or Docs, however, it’s not as simple. In those apps, you have to first tap the three-button menu, then select “Share & Export.” From there, “Print” will be an option.

From there, the Cloud Print app will open, with your default printer pre-selected. You can change things like the number of copies to print, paper size and orientation, and color. To modify those settings, just tap the little arrow at the bottom of the print header.

If you have multiple printers installed, you can select from the list by tapping the printer name at the top of the header. A list of everything installed or available to the print service will show up here, including all available printers.

Once you’ve locked in all your options, tap the little print button. It should automatically send the document to your printer, and you’re good to go. That’s pretty much that!

How to “Print” to PDF

Sometimes you may not need an actual paper copy of something, but you want a universally accepted document that will just work wherever you need it. For that kind of thing, PDFs are great. And printing to PDF is stupid-easy on Android.

Select the print option outlined in the above section, then tap the drop-down menu with all of your available printer options. There should be at least a couple of options for saving the file as a PDF: “Save as PDF,” which saves the file locally to the Android device, and “Save to Google Drive” which will save the PDF to your Google Drive.

Once you’ve selected the appropriate option here, just tap the print button.

If you choose to save the file locally, a “Save as”-esque dialog will appear. Just save the file wherever you’d like.

If you choose to save the PDF to Drive, the print window will just close and appear to do nothing. That’s not the case, however, as the document should be available in your Drive’s root folder. It’s silly that no save options are available, but alas, that’s how it is.

Print to Specific Brands of Printer

Many popular printer brands will also offer a companion app for their hardware, allowing you to access more advanced functionality.

The best thing to do in this case is just jump into the Play Store and search for your specific brand of printer. Unfortunately, everything from this point forward is going to be very brand-specific, so some independent research may be necessary on your part, especially if you’re trying to do something specific.

For what it’s worth, I’ve found very little value in most manufacturers’ apps, as they often just offer redundant features that can already be done directly from Cloud Print. That said, some of the apps will let you do things like scan and fax directly from the phone, so it’s at least worth exploring. Godspeed.

Print Directly to USB, Bluetooth, or Networked Printer

So let’s say you have an old networked printer that is shared on a Windows network. Alternately, you may have a printer you want to physically connect to your Android phone or tablet via a USB OTG cable. Or, you may have a wireless printer that connects over Bluetooth.

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All of these types of printers—USB, Bluetooth, and Windows network—are unsupported by Android. Google recommends setting up Cloud Print on a PC connected to such a printer. Android doesn’t include any support at all for these types of printers.

If you want to print to such a printer directly, you will have to use a third-party app. Unfortunately, there aren’t any available high-quality apps that do this for free. PrinterShare is a well-reviewed app that can print to Windows network share printers, Bluetooth printers, and even USB printers via a USB OTG cable. Unfortunately, if you want to use these advanced features you’ll have to pay about $10 for PrinterShare premium. Luckily, you can print test documents with the free app to test if your printer configuration is supported. This isn’t the ideal solution—Android’s built-in options are—but if you really need this feature, you’ll have to pay for the privilege. It’s a hard-knock life.

Printing on Android has come a long way, and the odds of having exactly what you need at your fingertips are pretty good at this point. Cloud Print’s integrated options are generally pretty reliable, but there are also options out there should you need to print from an unsupported printer, like a Windows shared or Bluetooth printer.

Printers may be on the way out given the rise of digital file sharing, but they’re unlikely to go away completely any time soon. Thankfully, you don’t need a computer to print files. Instead, you can do it straight from your smartphone. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you learn how to print files straight from your Android phone.

There are a number of ways to print files from your Android phone. Not only has Android itself gotten better at printing, but the best inkjet and best photo printers have been getting new features to accommodate wireless printing. In case you need to . For this guide, we’re focusing on Android devices.

How to print using Google Cloud Print

Google’s Cloud Print is a technology that allows you to print files from any device, anywhere — whether you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as the printer or not. It’s the best way to print from Android devices, because it’s built into Android itself, meaning you don’t have to download or manage any third-party software. To use Cloud Print, you’ll have to go through a few different steps, which are outlined below. If Cloud Print is not installed on your smartphone, you can easily download it here from the Google Play Store.

Adding a printer to Google Cloud Print

To use a printer through Cloud Print on Android, you first have to add it to the service. Before proceeding with the steps below, make sure your printer is on and both your printer and Android device are connected to your Wi-Fi network.

  • Open the Settings app on your Android phone and type “Printing” in the search box. Tap on the Printing option that shows up. Alternatively, you can find this setting in Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences > Printing.
  • Tap on Cloud Print. There may be a number of other options on the list, and you can experiment with those if you want — but for simplicity’s sake, we recommend sticking to Cloud Print for now.
  • Tap the menu button on the top right-hand corner and select Add printer.
  • Cloud Print will automatically search for printers connected to your Wi-Fi network. Tap on your printer, and it should be connected and ready to go.

Once you’ve successfully added a printer to Google Cloud Print, you should be able to easily print a file. Follow the steps below to print a file or image from your Android phone using Google Cloud Print.

  • Navigate to the file or photo you want to print. This could be an email from the Gmail app, an image you’ve found in Google Chrome, or anything else.
  • If it’s available, tap the three-dot menu button in the top right-hand corner and find an option to either print the document or to “Export” it, or something similar. If it’s not available, you may need to save an image or file to your gallery or device and navigate to it through the Android Files app or Google Photos app to print it.
  • Tap the Print option.
  • Cloud Print should automatically connect to the printer you’ve added, but if you’ve added more than one, you’ll need to tap on the printer you want to use.
  • Choose the number of copies you want to print and the paper size. You can also select more options by tapping on the down arrow. From there, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to print a color or black-and-white image, the orientation of the page, and so on.
  • Tap the blue printer icon on the right of the screen.

How to print using email on Android

Printer manufacturers have been building features into their printers that give printers email addresses. What that means is that you can send an email to the printer with a document you want to print, and it will automatically print it. Setting this up varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, so if you’re having trouble we recommend looking at the manual for your printer, or get in touch with the manufacturer. Here, we’re going over how to send files over email to the printer.

Method 1

  • Open your preferred email client and create a new email.
  • Type the printer’s email address in the “To” field.
  • Tap on the “Attach” button. This may look like a paperclip or some other icon, depending on your email client.
  • Navigate to the file you want to print. It may be located in the default Files app on your phone, Google Drive, Google Photos, or a third-party app. You’ll need to know where it’s located to attach it and print it.
  • Once the file has been attached, press the “Send” button.

Method 2

  • Find the image or file you want to print. You can do so by navigating to the Files app, Google Photos, Google Drive, or a third-party app.
  • Open the file.
  • Tap the “Share” button. The Share button looks like three dots with two lines connecting them. Alternatively, you may need to “Send a copy” in some apps, like in Google Docs.
  • Scroll down to your preferred email client and tap the icon.
  • Type the printer’s email address in the “To” field.
  • Tap the “Send” button.

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