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How to print directly from your Android smartphone or tablet

How to print files using Android is something our users enquire about a lot. Thanks to the Google Cloud Print service, we can now cut out the laborious PC middle-man and print directly from our smartphones over Wi-Fi. So, here is the easiest way to print messages from your Android device...

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The good thing about Google Cloud Print is that it works with all printers, and a ton of applications. Using your Android smartphone or tablet, you can securely send documents to your printer, from anywhere, but the initial setup can be tricky. To get the best experience, you are going to want to use a “Cloud Ready” printer, i.e. a printer which can already connect to the web (check out the full list of supported printers if you’re not sure), and you will need to be using Google Chrome also. Don't worry if you don't have a Wi-Fi enabled printer, you can use your USB printer too, though you will need to have it connected to your powered up PC or laptop to do this. 

Many smartphones that come with Android 4.4 KitKat already include the Google Cloud Print functionality. Go to Settings > System and see if the Printing option is available. If it is, and the service is pre-installed, go to the options and hit “Cloud Print” and switch it on. Each device will have it's own particular interface, so some menu locations or words may be slightly different.

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If you don’t have the Printing option in your Settings, or you don't have the service pre-installed, just head to the Google Play Store and download the free Cloud Print app and add a new printer from there.

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Once you select “add printer” from the options menu, you will be taken to Google’s Cloud Print web page (or to your Google account page if you aren't signed in). 

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The Cloud Print page isn't very user-friendly, but the setup process is rather simple. Follow the steps for your specific printer, whether it is an offline model or a "Cloud Ready" model, and at the end Google will tell you that you can now use that printer whenever you are signed in with the same Google account. So, if you only use the one account on your phone, this is whenever you like.

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Now, navigate to the file you want to print on your Android device and in the options menu, normally where you can rename, view details, delete the item etc., you should also have the option to print it. 

For printing text messages specifically, the easiest option is to use an app like the conveniently named SMS Backup & Restore. This app simply backs up your SMS messages to your phone, email, or cloud service like DropBox or Google Drive. Just backup the conversations you want to your preferred destination (I found backing them up to Gmail works quite well) and then navigate to where the files are stored. For example, backup your files to Gmail, then go to your Gmail account and select the “print” option in the options menu to print them. 

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That's all there is to it. Cloud Print is an excellent but often overlooked service, and currently supports the following file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, docx, ods, xls, xlsx, ppt, odp, txt, doc and xps. If you want a convenient way to print any of these from your device, I'd definitely recommend you check it out, and it's free. For those who have already tried it, let me know in the comments if this process worked for you. 



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  • People have an android mobile phone and they want and need a print from mobile so your post is very useful for those types of users or also you find repair of the printer.

  • xiamia Dec 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Nice sharing. To print pdf, jpg, jpeg, docx, ods, xls, xlsx, ppt, odp, txt, doc and xps from Android phone, we can also export them to computer then use a printer to print them out.

  • Werf Abb Nov 28, 2016 Link to comment

    If you need print your text messages for some business issues, and you need the detail like data and contact, I suggest you exporting them on computer first. https://goo.gl/bWNmd2

  • Cgvmellii Jun 15, 2016 Link to comment

    How to Print Text Messages ( http://goo.gl/t7yLyT ) is a smart android messages app that can transfer and backup android messages to computer . And also print out messages on computer.

  • zxcv qwer May 16, 2016 Link to comment

    To print out android phone messages on computer, you need to move them to computer at first, then you can print them out as you like.

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    Deactivated Account Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    I think this is a good choice to print data from android phones, http://goo.gl/Yt98vm , which allows you to
    preview those data you want to print.

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    Deactivated Account Dec 30, 2015 Link to comment

    You can take screenshot or printscreen ,then print out it .Or you can transfer messages to email to backup.

  • Saphiro Jul 3, 2015 Link to comment

    Google Cloud is pretty good, but it's a little bit difficult for unsavvy people like me. Some mobile print apps on Google Play can also do this. I installed StarPrint for my Galaxy Tab 3, which worked as expected to print to wifi or bluetooth printers. Find StarPrint on GP or visit the website android-print.com if you want.

  • Cloud Print is a very useful app!

    Do you know of a similar app for Chrome Books? I have an HP6500 and have used it to print wirelessly for years. I recently got a Chrome Book. I have tried following the instructions to set it up for printing from my Chrome Book many, many times. Nothing works. Meanwhile I can print anything I want from my phone and tablet. Very frustrating. There needs to be a similar app for Chrome Books.