Modern devices have grown into amazing tools that can handle just about any task you throw at them. Desktop printers that used to require a tethered connection to a computer have evolved too. Now you can easily print from Android smartphones and tablets, sometimes from across the world!
Modern printers can take advantage of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even NFC to print from Android devices. Of course, not everyone has one of these high-tech printers, but you may still be able to print from Android devices using older printers. Keep reading to learn more.
What happened to Google Cloud Print?
Google Cloud print made it super easy to print from Android devices, as well as other platforms. All you had to do is connect a supported printer to the service, and you would be able to send prints from any connected device.
Sadly, the service has been discontinued by Google as of January 2021. We don’t know if the search giant is working on an alternative, but it seems likely. It was a very convenient service we’re sure many loved using. For now, we’ll have to do with other options.
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Use the manufacturer’s app
Most printers from popular manufacturers offer a smartphone/tablet app to print from Android smartphones and tablets. Canon, HP, Epson, Brother, Lexmark, and others are included in the list. We can’t give you step-by-step directions for using these apps, as they are all different, but here is a link where you may find them. If you can’t locate the app, search for it in the Google Play Store.
Print from Android using email
Some printers come with their own email addresses, making it easy to print from Android without using other apps or services. If you have one of these, follow the necessary steps to get your printer online and set up email printing. Then you can send an email to your printer’s email address with the documents or files you want to print attached.
Keep in mind this isn’t exclusive to Gmail. You can use any other email service to print using an email address.
Print from Android using a USB cable
While plenty of manufacturers fail to include this simple feature, some printers allow you to connect your device physically and print from Android directly. If yours does, you may want to take advantage of this feature. You will need a USB Type-A to USB Type-B cable, as well as a converter that connects from your smartphone’s port to the USB Type-A side of the other cable. Steps may vary per manufacturer and printer, but here is a general tutorial for accomplishing this.
- Connect the USB converter to the smartphone.
- Connect the USB Type-B cable to the printer.
- Accept plug-ins (or download them).
- Print as you normally would with your Android device.