How to print from your Android phone

We mostly tend to use our phones for things like social media or games, but sometimes being able to print from your mobile device comes quite in handy. Like when you’ve forgotten your laptop at home and your boss wants that report ASAP.

Wondering whether you can print a document or image straight from your Android device? Wonder no more. Yes, indeed it’s possible to print from your phone.

So here are the options you have to print from your phone.

Cloud printing

Good old Google has your back when it comes to printing from Android. All you need is a Chrome browser on your laptop or computer and a Google account.  Follow these steps to get started.

  1. Open up Chrome on your computer (make sure you’re logged in with the same Google account you use on your phone, or the method won’t work).
  2. Click on the three-dot menu located in the top right corner and then tap on Settings.
  3. Tap on the hamburger Settings menu that now appears on the left and click on Printing (under Advanced)
  4. Find Google Cloud Print and click on it.
  5. Select the option at the bottom, Manage Cloud Print devices.
  6. This will open up a window where you can Add printers. Click Add printer(s) to do so.My-Printers
  7. Or if you have already added them, you’ll be able to see the printers connected to your account.

Next, you need to move to your Android device. While some phones come with Cloud Print installed by default, some may not. If yours doesn’t all you have to do is download it right from the Play Store now.

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Once you’ve downloaded the app, you won’t see it add a new app icon to the home screen. Instead, it will add a new option for Printing on your phone.

Just open any item you want to Print on your Android, find the option and voila!

Printing from a Wi-Fi-enabled printer

While the first method works for old school, standard printers, this one is only available for Wi-Fi-enabled printers. Depending on the model you have at your disposal choose the appropriate app from the Google Store:

Once you have the app installed on your phone, follow the next steps:

  1. Connect the printer to your local Wi-Fi network.
  2. Now allow the mobile app to search for your local printer.
  3. Open the document/photo you want to print, and find the option to print.
  4. Select the appropriate printer and you should be good to go.

Print using PrinterShare

PrinterShare is a third party app that can print to Windows network share printers, Bluetooth printers, and even USB printers via USB OTG cable. The only thing is you will have to pay around $10 to be able to do so via PrinterShare Premium.

Fortunately, the app allows you to run a few print tests, so you can be assured that the configuration works for you. PrinterShare lets you directly access and print things like Pictures, Messages, Web pages, Gmails and more.

  1. Open the app and tap the Select button located in the lower right corner
  2. Select one of the options available including Direct USB Connected and Google Cloud Print
  3. Select your printer
  4. Select Print Test Page
  5. A Preview page will open up. Tap the Options buttons to tweak several options including Paper Size, Printout Mode and more.

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It’s now easier than ever to print on Android. So which option would you go for?