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Here's how to print from a Chromebook

Those figuring out how to print from a Chromebook may need a little help. Let us walk you through the process!
October 22, 2021

Chromebook owners likely want to print some documents from time to time on your home printer. With the lack of dedicated software and confusing apps, we are here to tell you how to print from a Chromebook. It is not as hard as it seems and there are multiple ways to do it, so keep reading for all the details!

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How to print from a Chromebook:

How to print using Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print app on smartphone
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Most new printers feature a Wi-Fi connection, and many of these are compatible with Google Cloud Print. Chrome OS is obviously compatible with Google’s own online printing service. The first thing you should do is start up your home printer, connect it to the internet, and link the unit to Google Cloud Print. This process is different for every printer, so you will need to do some research to figure yours out.

Start up your laptop and get ready for Chromebook printing. Once you have connected your printer to the internet, click on your Google Account logo or photo in Chrome, select Settings, and then select Advanced. Go to the Printers option and then select Printers.

You should see a section called Add Printers. Click on it and you should see a list of printers. If you see your printer on that list, select Add. Your printer should now be connected to your Chromebook.

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How to print from a Chromebook using Android apps

Canon Print app next to Canon printer
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Most newer Chromebooks now have the Google Play Store and its countless applications. Sometimes all a printer needs to operate is the official Android app, which is at your disposal if your Chromebook has access to the Play Store. This makes it easy to print from a Chromebook without getting too confused. You can use these apps to set up the printer, and some even offer editing capabilities. This is likely the simplest way to print from a Chromebook.

How to manually connect your Wi-Fi printer to your Chromebook

Google Cloud print on smartphone next to Canon printer
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If, for some reason, your printer does not appear on the list in the Add Printers section, don’t worry. You can still add your device manually and print from a Chromebook.

In the Printers section, click on the Add Manually option. Then type in the printer’s name, its IP address, its protocol (usually the supported connection protocol is IPP), and its queue (usually, the queue is ipp/print). Click Add when all of that information is filled in.

A box should pop up asking you to select your printer manufacturer and model. If you find it, click Add. If it doesn’t show up, you should then check your printer’s information for its “printer language” or “emulation”, then go back to the list and select the Generic option that looks similar. You might need to upload your printer’s driver. If that’s the case, click on the Browse option to upload it.

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How to print with a USB connection (optional)

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook right IO

If you own an older printer with no Wi-Fi hardware, you can still print from a Chromebook via a USB cable. After you connect the printer to the Chromebook with the USB cable, just follow the steps in the previous section to add the printer to your Chromebook.

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If you have successfully connected your home printer, you should be ready to easily print from a Chromebook. Just go to the page you want to print and press the Ctrl and P buttons at the same time. Under the Destinations option, select Change. Then, under either Recent Destinations or Local Destinations, choose your printer and select Print.

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