How to print directly from your Android device using Google Cloud Print

Maskot/Getty ImagesWith Google Cloud Print, you can send items to your printer from your Android phone.

If you want to print a photo or document directly from your Android mobile device, you don’t need a computer or any special cables — you can do so using something called cloud printing.

Cloud printing utilises “the cloud” of user data to allow your Android to communicate with the other devices on your server, including your printer. This makes printing easier than ever.

Once you’ve installed the Google Cloud Print app, you can use your Android device to print from just about anywhere. Here’s how to do it.

How to print from an Android using Google Cloud Print

If you haven’t already done so, you will need to download and install the Google Cloud Print app from the Google Play Store before you can print from your Android device. Once Google Cloud Print is installed, it’s easy to start printing.

1. Open the app or webpage you wish to print from, like your folder of saved photos or Google Drive.

2. Tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. In the dropdown menu that appears, tap on “Print.”

Chrissy Montelli/Business InsiderSelect ‘Print’ from the menu.

4. Select the printer and print settings you prefer, then tap on the yellow printer button to print your document.

Chrissy Montelli/Business InsiderSelect a printer and tap the yellow ‘Print’ button.

How to print from Google Chrome on an Android using Google Cloud Print

The process for printing on Google Chrome is different from other apps.

1. Open Google Chrome on your Android device and navigate to the page you wish to print.

2. Tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. In the dropdown menu that appears, tap “Share…”

Chrissy Montelli/Business InsiderSelect ‘Share.’

4. Scroll down to the icon labelled “Print” and tap on it.

Chrissy Montelli/Business InsiderScroll down and select the ‘Print’ icon.

5. Select the printer and print settings you prefer, then tap on the yellow printer button to print your document.

Chrissy Montelli/Business InsiderChoose your printer and tap the ‘Print’ icon.
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