How to Print From Android Smartphones

Connect your phone to a printer on the go

You can print from an Android phone to a wireless printer using built-in printing features, a printer brand's app, or a third-party Android app.

Print Using Google Cloud Print For Android

Google Cloud Print comes with every Android operating system since Oreo. Before you start using it, you'll need to add your printer to the Google Cloud Print service.

If you're using one of the Google Cloud Print-ready printers, skip ahead to the Print from Your Android phone instructions.

A quick word on the security of your print jobs sent through the Google Cloud Print service. According to Google, you share three types of information when using it:

  • Details about the print job (the job title, the printer you sent it to, printer status), and your Google Account ID.
  • A copy of the document you send for printing, but Google deletes it once the print job is complete.
  • Logs of the requests from all Google Cloud Print users. These are routine server logs and don't contain any personal details. 

The contents of any document or file you send for printing is kept strictly confidential. For more details on viewing and deleting your printing history, read Google's documentation.

Print From Your Android Phone With the Default Service

To use the default print service on your Android phone:

  1. Go to Settings > Connected Devices > Printing > Default Printing Service.

    The exact location of the Printing settings may be different depending on your Android OS and phone manufacturer.

  2. Tap Default Print Service to set it to On.

    Default Print Service, On toggle, on Android
  3. Turn on your Wi-Fi-enabled printer. It should now appear in the Default Print Service list.

    Default Print Service and Canon Print Service On
  4. Exit Settings and open the file you'd like to print. 

  5. Tap the Menu icon while you're viewing the file in the app. It usually looks like three stacked dots in the upper right corner of the screen, depending on your Android OS and phone manufacturer.

  6. Tap Print.

  7. Tap the Select a Printer list at the top of the screen to select your printer.

  8. Tap the name of the printer you want to use. If you get a confirmation pop-up, tap OK to continue.

    Print, Printer choice, second printer choice on Android

How to Print a File From an App on Your Android Phone

Sometimes you need to print something from an app on your Android phone. It's just as easy as printing a file stored on your phone.

  1. Open the app containing the file you wish to print. 

  2. Tap the Menu icon while you're viewing the file in the app. It usually looks like three stacked dots in the upper right corner of the screen, depending on the app.

  3. Tap Print. Depending on your phone manufacturer and Android OS, this option could be under the Share menu.

    PDF to print, Three dot menu, Print button in Android
  4. Select your printer and wait for your printout.

How to Print with Your Printer's App

You can also print from your Android phone using your printer's native app. Most brands offer a mobile printing app.

  1. Go to Settings > Connected Devices > Printing > Default Printing Service

  2. Tap Add service. The Google Play store will open to the printing service page.

  3. Scroll through the list to find your printer manufacturer's app. For example:

  4. Tap the print service and tap Install.

    Canon Print Service app for Android
  5. Go back to the Printing Service settings page. You should see your manufacturer's app available on the list.

  6. Close the printing settings and open the file you'd like to print. 

  7. Tap the Menu icon while you're viewing the file in the app.

  8. Tap Print.

  9. Tap the list at the top of the screen to select your printer.

    Three dot menu, Print, printer to choose
  10. Tap the printer icon to send it to your printer. You may see a confirmation pop-up, so tap OK to continue.

How to Print From Android Using a Third-Party App

Alternatively, you can use a third-party printing app to print from your Android phone. You can try Mopria Print Service, PrinterOn, or Mobile Print - PrinterShare.

Some of these apps let you print anything for free, while others require a paid subscription to unlock different printing modes, such as images and photos.