Print From Anywhere With Google Cloud Print

Even old printers can get new wireless functionality

Abstract cloud on blue background

Eugene Mymrin / Getty Images 

Using Google Cloud Print, you can print locally, and even globally, through the internet. 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

Start by setting up Google Cloud Print with your Google Chrome web browser. This initial step requires that you use a computer with 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. Select Customize and control Google Chrome menu button (the icon with three stacked dots in the upper right of the window).

    Press Settings at the bottom of the menu.

    The menu button in Google Chrome
  3. On the Settings page that opens, scroll down and select Advanced at the bottom of the window.

    Chrome advanced setting
  4. Scroll down to the Printing section and choose Google Cloud Print.

    Chrome settings for Google Cloud Print
  5. Select Manage Cloud Print devices. If you're not signed in with your Google account, press the sign in link to log into your account and register a new printer.

    Manage Cloud Print devices setting in Chrome
  6. Select Add printers. Check each printer and device you want to register for Google Cloud Print.

    Registering printers with Google Cloud Print
  7. Make sure all the printers you want enabled for Google Cloud Print are checked.

    You can select to Automatically register new printers I connect to make sure new printers are added to Google Cloud Print in the future.

  8. Press 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 through the Google Cloud Print website that you can access through your Google account.

To use Google Cloud Print, you must first register your printer with the service. This registration process will vary by your printer manufacturer. Check the online documentation for your specific printer for instructions.

Privacy: Google Cloud Print

When you print using Google Cloud Print, you are acknowledging that "documents you print using Cloud Print are sent to Google where they are kept until the print job is complete. Google may store data about the print job."

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 the Gmail Mobile

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

The Gmail account you are logged into and want to print from is the one used to connect to Google Cloud Print printers. If you have multiple Gmail accounts, you will have to register printers with each that you want to print from.


  1. Tap and open the conversation you want to print from the Gmail app.

  2. Tap the menu button at the top of the message, not the button at the top of the Gmail app itself.

    Gmail message select cloud print
  3. Tap Print from that menu.

  4. Tap Google Cloud Print.

  5. Tap the printer you want to use to print.

    Mobile cloud print options
  6. In the Print Options screen you can adjust settings for the print job, such as paper size, paper quality, and type.

  7. When finished, tap Print in the upper right corner.

Send a File to Print from Anywhere

You can send a file to your Google Cloud Print printer through your Google Cloud Print web page.

  1. Go to your Google Cloud Print page. Make sure you're signed in with email account on which you registered your Google Cloud Print printer.

    Google Cloud Print web page
  2. Press PRINT in the top left.

  3. Select Upload file to print.

    Upload and print file with Google Cloud Print
  4. Press Select a file from my computer and choose the file you want to print.

  5. Select the Google Cloud Print printer you want to use.

    Google Cloud Print printer selection
  6. Optionally adjust available printer settings.

    Google Cloud Print printer options
  7. Press Print.