Most of today’s Android smartphones are perfect for mobile workstations. But what happens if you want to print something from your old-school newspapers? Thanks to the Google Cloud Print service, we can now eliminate the tedious mediation of PCs and print directly from our smartphone via Wi-Fi. Here’s the easiest way to print from your Android device.
The good thing about Google Cloud Print is that it works with virtually all printers and many applications. With your Android smartphone or tablet, you can send documents securely from anywhere, but the initial setup can be complicated. For the best experience, consider using cloud-ready printers, a printer that can already connect to the Internet (if you’re not sure, check the full list of compatible printers). You also need to use this printer with Google Chrome. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Wi-Fi enabled printer. You can also use a USB printer even if you need to connect it to your computer or laptop.
Most Android smartphones already have the Google Cloud Print feature. To check this, go to Settings> Connected Devices and check if you can connect your printer here. The service is often preinstalled, so go to the options and press “Cloud Print” and enable it. Each device has its own interface, so some menu items or words may be slightly different.
If you don’t have the option to print in configuration or the service is not pre-installed, just go to the Google Play Store, download the free Cloud Print app, and then add a new printer from there.
[appbox googleplay com.google.android.apps.cloudprint]
Once you select “Add Printer” from the options menu, you will be redirected to the Google Cloud Print site (or to your Google Account page if you are not logged in).
The Cloud Print page is not very easy to use, but the setup process is quite simple. Follow the instructions for a specific printer, whether it is an offline model or a cloud-ready model. In the end, Google tells you that you can use this printer every time you sign in with the same Google Account. So, if you only use one account on your phone, you can do so at any time.
Now navigate to the file you want to print on your Android device and usually select Print from the options menu. There you can change the name, show details, delete the element, etc. This is how it works step by step.
How to print with Cloud Print:
- Open the file you want to print (anything from Google Drive docs to pictures stored on your phone).
- Press the Menu button (the three dots in the top right corner).
- Select Print
- Hit the ‘down’ arrow (next to Save as PDF option)
- Choose the printer you want print from. If you can’t find it at the start, select All printers to bring up a list of options
- Once you’re all set, hit the Print button (usually printer-shaped).
How to print text messages from my phone
The easiest way to print text messages is to use an application such as SMS Backup & Restore. This app easily backs up SMS to your phone, email or cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive. Make a backup copy of only the desired destination discussions (I have noticed that Gmail Backup works quite well), and then navigate to the location of files. For example, back up your files in Gmail and go to your Gmail account. Then select “Print” from the options menu to print it.
[appbox googleplay com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore]
That’s all. Cloud printing is a great service, but it is often overlooked. The following file types are currently supported: PDF, JPG, JPEG, DOCX, ODS, XLS, XLSX, PPT, ODP, TXT, DOC, and XPS. If you want a handy way to print one of these files from your device, check it out and it’s free. For those who have already tried it, please let me know in the comments if this process worked for you.