Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Add a Printer to Your Chromebook Chrome OS supports cloud-ready and classic printers by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on September 16, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email Before you can print anything from Chrome OS, you have to add a printer to your Chromebook. Unlike traditional operating systems, such as macOS or Windows, the Chromebook's printing capabilities are managed by the Google Cloud Print service as opposed to the operating system itself. 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. moodboard / Getty Images 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. Turn on your printer. Open the Chrome browser in a Windows or Mac computer on your network and select the Settings icon (three dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Select Settings when the drop-down menu appears. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and select Advanced. Scroll down again and select Google Cloud Print. 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. You'll see a list of available printers under Devices. Under Classic printers, select Add printers. You'll see a list of printers available to register with Google Cloud Print, each with a checkbox. Make sure to check the box next to any printer you want to make available to your Chromebook. Add or remove the marks by clicking once. Select Add printer(s). Your 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 your Chrome browser and continue with the steps below: Turn on your printer. From a Chrome browser window, select the Settings icon (three dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Select Settings when the drop-down menu appears. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and select Advanced. Scroll down and select Google Cloud Print. Select Manage Cloud Print devices. Select Manage. Select Add a Cloud Ready Printer from the menu on the left. You'll be taken to a Google Print page with instructions for cloud-enabled printers. Find your printer's manufacturer or search by model number, and then follow your 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. Open the item you want to print. Select the Settings icon (three dots) and then select Print. Next to Destination, select the drop-down arrow and then select your printer. The next time you print, this printer will show as the default. Select Print.