How to Print From a Samsung Tablet

Learn how to print content from your tablet on a network printer

What to Know

  • Download/install a plugin on your Samsung tablet: Go to Connections > More Connection settings > Printing > Download Plugin.
  • Select your printer plugin, click Install. Then, find the content you want to print and select Print or Share; select your printer and click Print.
  • For other Android tablets, connect your Android tablet to a printer using an app.

This article covers how to print from your Samsung tablet, including how to connect your tablet to the printer.

How Do You Connect a Samsung Tablet to a Printer?

Like any desktop or laptop computer, it's possible to print content directly from a tablet, putting your documents, images, and other content to paper. Because most Samsung tablets are not hardwired, that is, they sync wirelessly with a network and other devices, there's no way to plug them into a printer directly. For that reason, you'll need to use a printer connected to your local network. You can do this by connecting it to a computer that's already on your network, or it needs to support OTA printing via Wi-Fi.

Before you can print anything, you'll need to set up the appropriate plugin on your Samsung tablet. Here's how:

  1. From the home screen, swipe down to open the quick tray and tap Settings (gear icon).

    Samsung tablet quick settings dropdown menu with the Settings gear highlighted
  2. Navigate to Connections > More Connection settings and tap the Printing option.

    Samsung tablet connections menu in settings with "More connection settings" and "Printing" highlighted
  3. Underneath the Print Services section, choose Download plugin.

    Samsung tablet printer services menu pre-install with Download Plugin highlighted
  4. This will open the Google Play Store, where you'll see a list of available printer plugins. Choose the one that matches your printer brand, such as HP, Lexmark, Canon, Brother, etc. In this example, we'll use the HP plugin.

    Samsung tablet select printer plugin at Google Play store with the HP plugin highlighted
  5. On the next page, tap Install, just as you would to download and install an Android app.

    Samsung tablet install printer plugin at Google Play store with Install highlighted
  6. Wait for it to finish, and then tap the back button until you see the Printing menu again.

  7. You should now see the new printer plugin you installed; make sure it's toggled on (blue).

    Samsung tablet enable printer plugin with the On toggle highlighted

How to Print from a Samsung Tablet

After you've installed the printing services plugin, the printing process is easy. With the app or browser open to the content you want to print, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings or More Options button for the app/browser (three vertical dots).

  2. Either select the Share option from the menu (if it's there) or tap the Share button.

    Samsung tablet print option in Google Docs with Share highlighted

    Note:

    You may also a Print option in the settings menu or hidden within another sub-menu. In Google Docs, for example, Print is nested under the Share & Export option in the settings menu.

  3. Select your printer or printer plugin

  4. The system will prepare the content by creating a printable version, which usually takes a few seconds. Then, you'll see the Print Options page.

    Samsung print preparation and options screen
  5. Here, you have the option to save the content as a PDF document or select a printer from the list of available devices. In the drop-down menu at the top, be sure to choose All Printers to open the Printer Select menu.

  6. You'll arrive at the Samsung Printer Select page, where you can choose the printer you want to use. Select your printer after the list populates.

  7. Tap the yellow Print button (with a down arrow) to send the job to your designated printer.

Not all apps will allow you to print. Some browsers, like Firefox, don't even include the option. A workaround is to create a PDF document (using the Save as PDF function), download the PDF to your tablet, and then print the document using a relevant app.

What if I Don't Have a Samsung Tablet?

If you don't have a Samsung tablet, it's still possible to print; you need to connect your Android tablet to a printer using an app. If you have an iPad, there's a different process for printing from an iPad.

FAQ
  • How do I print from a Samsung phone?

    To print from your Samsung phone, choose an app from the Google Play Store that supports printing and open the content you want to print. In most apps, tap the More Options icon (three dots) > Print, select your printer, and tap the Print icon. Some apps will have their own print menus, while others will require you to tap Share > Print.

  • How do I print from an LG tablet?

    With an LG tablet, you'll need a Wi-Fi connection to print. Navigate to Settings > Share and Connect > Connections and select Printing. Under Print Services, tap the printing option you want or add an additional printing service. Toggle on the print service you choose, select the available printer, and then follow the individual app's printing process.

  • How do I print from an Amazon Fire tablet?

    To print from an Amazon Fire tablet like the Amazon Fire HD, make sure the device is connected to Wi-Fi, and then open the content you want to print. Select Print from the app or web page's menu, select your printer from the list, configure your print options, and then tap Print.

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