Print From Anywhere in the World With Google Cloud Print

Screenshot of Google Cloud Print from Gmail mobile
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Who would plug a printer cable into their mobile device (if it were even possible) when they can simply print directly from their phone or tablet? Or maybe you want to print something at home but you're currently at work.

When set up correctly, you can print locally or even globally, through the internet, using Google Cloud Print. With it, any website as well as the Gmail mobile app, can be used to print out any message or file over the internet to a printer at home.

Connect a Printer to Google Cloud Print

For starters, you have to set up Google Cloud Print through your Google Chrome web browser. This needs to be done from the same computer that has access to the local printer.

  1. Open Google Chrome.

    • Google Cloud Print works with Google Chrome 9 or later under Windows and macOS. It's best to update Chrome to the latest version if you haven't already.
    • If you use Windows XP, make sure the Microsoft XPS Essentials Pack is installed.
  2. Click or tap Chrome's menu button (the icon with three stacked dots).

  3. Choose Settings.

  4. Scroll down and select Advanced to see more settings.

  5. In the Printing section, click/tap Google Cloud Print.

  6. Choose Manage Cloud Print devices.

  7. Click or tap Add printers.

  8. Make sure all the printers you would like to enable for Google Cloud Print are checked. You can even select to Automatically register new printers I connect to make sure new printers are added to Google Cloud Print too.

  9. Click Add printer(s).

How to Print Through Google Cloud Print

Below are two ways you can print to your local printer through the internet using Google Cloud Print. The first is through the Gmail mobile app and the other is via the Google Cloud Print website that you can access through your Google account.

If the printer is offline when you choose to print, Google Cloud Print should remember the job and send it to the printer as soon as it becomes available again.

From Gmail Mobile

Here's how to print an email from the Gmail app:

  1. Open the conversation you want to print from Gmail.

  2. Tap the small menu button within the message; the one next to the time that the message was sent (it's represented by three horizontal dots).

  3. Choose Print from that menu.

  4. Select Google Cloud Print.

  5. Choose the printer you want to print to.

  6. Optionally adjust any settings in the Print Options screen, and then press Print.

From Anywhere Else

You can print off any file to your Google Cloud Print printer from any website:

  1. Access Google Cloud Print with the same email address that you used to set up the printer in Google Chrome.

  2. Click or tap the PRINT button.

  3. Choose Upload file to print.

  4. When the new window shows, click/tap the Select a file from my computer link to open the file you need to print.

  5. Select the printer you want to print to.

  6. Optionally adjust any settings, and then choose Print.