How to Add a Printer to Your Chromebook

Chrome OS supports cloud-ready and classic printers

Before you can print from Chrome OS, you must add a printer to your Chromebook. Unlike traditional operating systems, such as Windows and macOS, Chromebook printing capabilities are managed by the Google Cloud Print service as opposed to the operating system. This configuration allows you to send documents to a printer wirelessly or physically connect a printer to your Chromebook.

Here's a look at how to add a network-connected printer or a cloud-ready printer to a Chromebook.

Person using printer next to a Chromebook
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How to Add a Connected Printer to a Chromebook

If your printer is connected to your local network, here's how to set it up to use with your Chromebook. You'll also need a Windows or Mac computer on your network to establish a connection to Google Cloud Print.

  1. Turn on the printer.

  2. Open the Chrome browser in a Windows or Mac computer on your network and select the Settings icon (three dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    The More menu in Chrome
  3. Select Settings when the drop-down menu appears.

    Settings in Chrome
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and select Advanced.

    A screenshot of Chrome settings with the Advanced heading highlighted
  5. Scroll down again and select Google Cloud Print.

    The Google Cloud Print option in Chrome settings
  6. Select Manage Cloud Print devices.

    If prompted, log in to your Google account. Authenticate with the same Google account that you use with your Chromebook.

    The "Manage Cloud Print devices" option
  7. You'll see a list of available printers under Devices. Under Classic printers, select Add printers.

    The Add Printers button
  8. You'll see a list of printers available to register with Google Cloud Print, each with a check box. Select the check box next to the printer you want to make available to your Chromebook.

    Add or remove the check marks by clicking once.

  9. Select Add printer(s).

    The "Add printer(s)" button
  10. The printer is now connected to Google Cloud Print and tied to your account, making it available to your Chromebook.

How to Add a Cloud-Ready Printer to Chromebook

To determine whether your printer is cloud-ready, check the device for a logo (usually accompanied by the words Google Cloud Print Ready). If you don't see the logo, check the box or manual. If nothing states that your printer is cloud-ready, then it's probably a classic printer.

If you've confirmed that you have a cloud-ready printer, open the Chrome browser and continue with the steps below:

  1. Turn on the printer.

  2. From a Chrome browser window, select the Settings icon (three dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    The More menu in Chrome
  3. Select Settings when the drop-down menu appears.

    Settings in Chrome
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and select Advanced.

    A screenshot of Chrome settings with the Advanced heading highlighted
  5. Scroll down and select Google Cloud Print.

    The Google Cloud Print option in Chrome settings
  6. Select Manage Cloud Print devices.

    The "Manage Cloud Print devices" option
  7. Select Manage.

    Select Manage to manage cloud printer settings
  8. Select Add a Cloud-Ready Printer from the left menu.

    Select Add Cloud Ready Printer
  9. You're taken to a Google Print page with instructions for cloud-enabled printers.

    Google's Cloud-ready Printers page
  10. Find your printer's manufacturer or search by model number, and then follow the manufacturer's instructions to set up Google Print.

How to Print From Your Chromebook

Now that you have your printer set up, it's time to complete your print job.

  1. Open the item you want to print.

  2. Select the Settings icon (three dots) and then select Print.

    Select the Settings icon (three dots) and then select Print.
  3. Select the Destination drop-down menu and then choose your printer.

    Select Destination and then select your printer

    The next time you print, this printer will show as the default.

  4. Select Print.