How to Print Wirelessly with Android – Google Cloud Print Beta for Android

October 1, 2011
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    Google Cloud Printing

    Although wireless printers have dropped substantially in price, you’re not sure if they are worth the upgrade, and Google agrees with you completely. I’m sure that you are asking, how can I print documents wirelessly from my Android device?

    How Does Google Cloud Print Work?

    In the world of Google Cloud Print, you can print anything, from any device, to any cloud-connected printer.
    When you print through Google Cloud Print, your file is securely sent to your printer over the web. Because it’s the web, Google Cloud Print works whether you’re in the same room as your printer, or on another continent. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re on a phone, a traditional desktop, or anything in between (like a tablet).

    Google Chrome Canary

    Before you can start shooting paper out of your printer remotely, you have to download Google Canary, the newest version of Chrome. Be warned, Canary is still a beta product and is not finished yet. From personal experience, the program is known to crash but still offers new features, such as cloud printing, that outweigh the bad beta blues. You can download Canary here.

    Once cloud printing is set-up, you obtain the ability to print wirelessly from your computer. However, Google doesn’t stop there, below is the full list of ways to print wirelessly from your Android device.

    Print Wirelessly From Your Android Device

    Printing Wirelessly On your Android device

    Google Docs

    The Google Docs application on Android allows you to print documents, spreadsheets, and other Docs files through Google Cloud Print. Using the new print2docs feature, you can also “print” any file you wish to your Docs account for safe keeping.

    Cloud Print BETA

    Cloud Print is an Android application that allows you to print files off of your Android device, including emails and attachments, text messages, contacts, web pages, documents, and more.

    PrinterShare™ Mobile Print

    Mobile Print is an Android application that supports several forms of printing, including Google Cloud Print. It can print pictures, web pages, calendar events, contacts, text messages, emails, Google Docs, and other files.

    Cloud Printer

    Cloud Printer is an add-on to the Mozilla Firefox mobile browser. If you use Firefox on your mobile phone, Cloud Printer allows you to print web pages as you surf.

    Easy Print

    Easy Print is an Android application that allows you to manage your printers and print jobs, and print documents and emails.

    To download the apps listed above, visit this link.

    Comments

    • Reachaw

      This isn’t a how-to as the title states. It’s just a series of statements – you can to this, you can do that. Learn how to write a how-to or don’t create a misleading title.

      • Guest

        I completely disagree. The article clearly states that you have to download chrome canary. Next, you can download any of the android apps listed. The Google Print settings are within Preferences or Options.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. I gave up on google cloud print on my old XP machine. Never worked.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000150054754 Elizabeth Volkmer

      what printers does this work with? I’m just curious

      • Guest

        This should work with any Printer that Is plugged into a computer that is connected to the Internet there are other ways to set it up but that is the main way.

    • Philip Doolittle

      Works from a Chromebook, but doesn’t work on the Moto Droid gen 1 in gMail. Menu item is just non-responsive.

    • http://inmotioncoupon.org/ John

      This is such a cool feature and it seems like more and more wireless printers have this feature.

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