How To Print from Android Devices:
Nowadays smartphones and tablets have become just like computer in terms of most functionalities. You can watch videos, surf the web and do all other sorts of stuff on them, sure they are not as powerful as computer but they make up for that with their portability.
Printing is one such function that now smartphones can be used to perform and with the introduction of many cloud-based printing services, you can use your average smartphone to get a print of a document you want. In this guide, you will learn about the various ways by which you can print something using your Android smartphone or tablet.
Google Cloud Printing technology
It’s not just phones that have become smarter, your printer have too. Many modern printers give you the facility to print from your Android smartphone or tablet by establishing a connection with them via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB technology. But, in case you have a printer that doesn’t have this facility, still you can turn it into a hub from where you can print your documents by phone. In order to achieve that, all you will have to do is register your printer with the Google Cloud Print, which is a service by Google that lets you connect your printer to the web so that you access it from wherever you are. It will even let you make the printer public so that you can share it with your friends.
This service usually works with all printers but it would be best of you have a Cloud Ready printer as those directly connect to the internet without the need of an intermediary computer. Below are steps you will have to take to register a computer that is not Cloud Ready in order to be able to access it over the internet.
Registering your printer
1: Launch Google Chrome.
2: Click the menu button which is typically shown as an icon having three horizontal bars at the upper right corner of the browser window.
3: Click on Settings.
4: Select ‘Show advanced settings’ at the bottom of this page.
5: Find the Google Cloud Print section and then click on ‘Add printers’.
6: Log on to your Google account to enter the Google Cloud Print Service.
7: Once you are logged in the service, select ‘Add Printer; to confirm.
8: Your printer is now registered.
This service works through Google Chrome. Once you send a request to print something on Google Cloud Print through your phone, the service forwards this request to Chrome which then tells the computer to print the page. So, make sure that your computer and printer are on and that you are logged into your Google Chrome when sending a printing command.
Printing from Google Cloud Service through your Phone or Tablet
Now all you need to do to make use of this service on your phone is to install the Cloud Print app from Google. Here are the steps you should take.
1: Download, install and launch the app.
2: Log in to your Google account through the app and make sure it is the same one on which your printer is registered.
3: Tap the Printer icon to select a file from Google Drive, Dropbox or any other file manager service.
4: Select the printer you want the file printed from after a list appears showing you your registered printers.
5: A print preview page will appear where you can change the orientation, number of copies or other aspects of the print.
6: Once all this done, simple tap the paper plane icon in the top row to get your file printed.
You can also print web pages through the Cloud Print. Just open your Android browser’s Menu and then tap on Share to select ‘Cloud Print’ to print the page through your registered Cloud printer.
But, if you want to print Gmail messages then you will have to do that through your computer’s browser. Just open the email, click on the arrow for additional options and select ‘Print’.
If for some reason, you cannot use the Google Cloud Print app then there are other apps available on the Google Play store that you can make use of to print your stuff. We will introduce you to two of them below,
Cloud Print by Paulo Fernandes
This app has a naming resemblance to the Google’s official app for the service. However, this app has a much different structure than Google’s. It allows you to take a picture of your documents in order to scan them and then print them, create scribbles or draw paintings and print them, make notes and have them printed and even gives you the functionality to print your SMS messages. You can also access your Dropbox and Box files, Facebook pictures, email attachments, Google Drive files and Calendar events to have them printed.
There are two versions of Cloud Print, one is the ad-supported free version that has a few feature restrictions and the other one is the ad-free premium version with no features restriction that you can buy for $3.00.
Here are the general steps you will need to take in order to install and use this app.
1: Download, install and launch Cloud Print on your Android smartphone or tablet.
2: Add your Google account to the app.
3: When you have logged on, you will be taken to the next screen where you will have to select a printer. You can select from either a Google Cloud ready Printer, an HP ePrint Printer or any other printer.
4: Then you will come across a list of printer you have registered with the app.
5: Tap ‘Print test page’ to see whether your printer has successfully connected to the Google Cloud Print service. You can choose to skip this step by taping the arrow button at the bottom of the screen.
6: Once everything is set, you can print your documents through your Android device using this app.
PrintShare Mobile Print
This app also makes use of the Google’s Cloud Service and there are also two versions of this app; the ad-supported and the ad-free ones.
The free versions allows you to perform printer tests to see if they are connected properly via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB while also providing unlimited printing using Google Cloud Print. But you can only print a maximum of 20 pages over the internet through the remote mode.
It’s premium version is a lot more expensive i.e. $13.00 and gives you the capability to print through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB while also letting you print using shared Windows and Mac printers in the vicinity.
The app will be able to print pictures, contacts, calendar events, web pages, SMS, call logs, emails and all your other documents.
Here are the generals you can take to make use if this app,
1: Download, install and launch PrintShare Mobile Print.
2: Tap the Settings menu and then tap ‘Select Printer’.
3: Select your connection type; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, Google Cloud Printer or Remote Printer. We will walk you through the ‘Google Cloud Printer’ option.
4: After you have selected ‘Google Cloud Printer’, log on to your Google account through the app and set up the printer.
5: Now you can print using the app.
These are just some of the options that you can use to print pages off your smartphone. Know of a few better options? Tell us in the comments section below.[Via: Android Authority]