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How to Print from an Android Phone or Tablet

Android-Tablet Printing1If you’re new to Android, printing probably seems easy to you: click a menu, tap a command.  Previously, Android printing was a rather clunky process; the good news is it’s easier than ever to print from your Android device(s).

Printing today is much simpler since it is integrated into the operating system and along with most of your apps. Really, that’s the only limitation you need to consider: the app has to support printing. For example, you won’t be printing any Facebook posts from the mobile app, because it doesn’t support that feature. Primarily you will only find it in places that make sense: Gmail, Google Docs, photos, and so on.

So, while printing on Android has gotten significantly easier over the past few years, there are still some limitations.

 

How to Add and Manage Printers

Cloud Print is now part of the OS. In the past, this app is where you’d go to find and manage printers, but since it’s no longer a standalone product, all that stuff is now nestled within the Settings menu.

To check your printer situation, first pull down the notification shade and hit the cog/gear icon. On some devices, like anything running stock Android, you may need to pull it twice. This will get you into the Settings menu.

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Unfortunately every manufacturer seems to hide the setting you may be looking for in a different place. So, for the sake of simplicity and universal acceptance, we’re going to do this the easy way: tap the magnifying glass icon (or the word “Search” on Samsung handsets), then search for “Printing.”

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Regardless of where the setting is on your phone, the option should pop-up. Tap ‘it’ and be thankful for the search tool. It just saved you some hassle.

Now that you’re there, some options may or may not be available. For example, Cloud Print should be there regardless of which type of device you have. But there are also some specifics, like “Samsung Print Service Plugin” which will be available on Samsung devices, as well as other devices if you’ve had a Samsung device before. It’s interesting.

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Regardless of how many options are listed here, the result is still the same: this is where you manage your printing options. More often than not, you’re going to just use Cloud Print for most everything, because it’s the most prolific on Android.

If you’d like to manage your printers, tap on “Cloud Print,” then the three-button overflow menu in the top right (on Samsung devices, it may read “MORE”).

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This is where you can choose to add a printer to your Cloud—just select “Add printer.” The app will automatically start searching for printers on your local network. If it’s already a part of cloud print, then it won’t show up here, which will help you avoid duplicates.

NOTE: Cloud Print only works with printers that are connected to your network directly over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. If you’re sharing a printer connected to a Windows computer, for example, it won’t work–but we have some other options for you at the end of this post.

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If you’re not looking to add a printer, though, just tap “Settings” instead of “Add printer.”

In the Settings menu, you can change things like printer visibility for specific accounts—for example, if you have a work email and printers on your device, but don’t want those printers to display in your list, simple jump into that account and change the visibility. You can also choose to show only printers that you’ve used recently.

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This is is where you’ll manage print jobs and printers:

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How to Print in Supported Applications

Okay, so now that you know how to add and manage printers, let’s talk about actually printing something from your phone. Like I said earlier, only some apps support printing. Pretty much any office-based applications, like Word, Docs, Excel, Spreadsheets, Gmail, etc. will work for you, but Google’s Photos app also supports printing.

The thing is, it’s kind of hidden in certain apps. For example, it’s pretty front-and-center in Photos—just tap the three-button overflow menu, then “Print.” So simple.

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In Sheets or Docs, however, it’s not as simple. In those apps, you have to first tap the three-button menu, then select “Share & Export.” From there, “Print” will be an option.

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From there, the Cloud Print app will open, with your default printer pre-selected. You can change things like the number of copies to   print, paper size and orientation, and color. To modify those settings, just tap the little arrow at the bottom of the print header.

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If you have multiple printers installed, you can select from the list by tapping the printer name at the top of the header. A list of everything installed or available to the print service will show up here, including all available printers.

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Once you’ve locked in all your options, tap the little print button. It should automatically send the document to your printer, and you’re good to go. That’s pretty much that!

 

 

 

How to “Print” to PDF

Sometimes you may not need an actual paper copy of something, but you want a universally accepted document that will just work wherever you need it. For that kind of thing, PDFs are great. And printing to PDF is stupid-easy on Android.

Select the print option outlined in the above section, then tap the drop-down menu with all of your available printer options. There should be at least a couple of options for saving the file as a PDF: “Save as PDF,” which saves the file locally to the Android device, and “Save to Google Drive” which will save the PDF to your Google Drive.

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Once you’ve selected the appropriate option here, just tap the print button.

If you choose to save the file locally, a “Save as”-esque dialog will appear. Just save the file wherever you’d like.

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If you choose to save the PDF to Drive, the print window will just close and appear to do nothing. That’s not the case, however, as the document should be available in your Drive’s root folder. It’s silly that no save options are available, but alas, that’s how it is.

 

 

 

Print to Specific Brands of Printer

Many popular printer brands will also offer a companion app for their hardware, allowing you to access more advanced functionality.

The best thing to do in this case is just jump into the Play Store and search for your specific brand of printer. Unfortunately, everything from this point forward is going to be very brand-specific, so some independent research may be necessary on your part, especially if you’re trying to do something specific.

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For what it’s worth, I’ve found very little value in most manufacturers’ apps, as they often just offer redundant features that can already be done directly from Cloud Print. That said, some of the apps will let you do things like scan and fax directly from the phone, so it’s at least worth exploring. Godspeed.

 

 

Print Directly to USB, Bluetooth, or Networked Printer

So let’s say you have an old networked printer that is shared on a Windows network. Alternately, you may have a printer you want to physically connect to your Android phone or tablet via a USB OTG cable. Or, you may have a wireless printer that connects over Bluetooth.

 

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All of these types of printers—USB, Bluetooth, and Windows network—are unsupported by Android. Google recommends setting up Cloud Print on a PC connected to such a printer. Android doesn’t include any support at all for these types of printers.

If you want to print to such a printer directly, you will have to use a third-party app. Unfortunately, there aren’t any available high-quality apps that do this for free. PrinterShare is a well-reviewed app that can print to Windows network share printers, Bluetooth printers, and even USB printers via a USB OTG cable. Unfortunately, if you want to use these advanced features you’ll have to pay about $10 for PrinterShare premium. Luckily, you can print test documents with the free app to test if your printer configuration is supported. This isn’t the ideal solution—Android’s built-in options are—but if you really need this feature, you’ll have to pay for the privilege. It’s a hard-knock life.

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Printing on Android has come a long way, and the odds of having exactly what you need at your fingertips are pretty good at this point. Cloud Print’s integrated options are generally pretty reliable, but there are also options out there should you need to print from an unsupported printer, like a Windows shared or Bluetooth printer.

Source: HowtoGeek

 

 

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HP 60 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTC6WH5 
HP 60 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTD6QGT 
HP 60 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY413WH 
HP 60 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTCHMMK 
HP 60 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1KHHQ1 
HP 60 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GTT1ZSF 
HP 60 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GV4BVV7 
HP 60 Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPP7S44 
HP 60XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GV53YMY 
HP 60XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVPSKL1 
HP 60XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZM3YR5 
HP 60XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GV5G546 
HP 60XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1MRDRZ 
HP 60XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVRJ4PG
HP 60XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVQ9VFL 
HP 60XL Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPR9ZXF 

HP 61 Black (K)    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDG14MF 
HP 61 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZNF4CY 
HP 61 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GXC9QG3 
HP 61 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDHGKX7 
HP 61 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H15MP6B 
HP 61 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZRGH1M 
HP 61 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZTHXYV 
HP 61 Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPNM1GH
 
HP 61XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YY9SRX 
HP 61XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZMXYPR 
HP 61XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY2GGQJ 
HP 61XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z5XQCC 
HP 61XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1N6PJF 
HP 61XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZP4L2T 
HP 61XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZMHFC2 
HP 61XL Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPR2SZY 

 

HP 62 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZS2X3D 
HP 62 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZRH5VD
HP 62 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY4LXQG 
HP 62 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C79PYPB 
HP 62 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H17HG32 
HP 62 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC)    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J2SL3FG 
HP 62 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZNT1HH 
HP 62 Black/Color 5-Pack (KKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K9NXRY7 
HP 62 Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPR5JBM
 
HP 62XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZLC1RK 
HP 62XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZR32X2 
HP 62XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY1WY3N 
HP 62XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZRVBPW 
HP 62XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1M2KWL 
HP 62XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C5DYLY3 
HP 62XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0751191JG 
HP 62XL Black/Color 5-Pack (KKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K9JK95Z 
HP 62XL Black/Color 6-Pack (KKKKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPPCK3N

 

HP 63 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZSXR4N 
HP 63 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075191MKF 
HP 63 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY3QTRL 
HP 63 Black 4-Pack (KKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLLZNVM
HP 63 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZS3H6G
HP 63 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1KZ2VH 
HP 63 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZZZ924 
HP 63 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C75CYGL
HP 63 Black/Color 4-Pack (KKCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NM1Q7KZ 
HP 63 Black/Color 7-Pack (KKKKCCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLFDJKV 
HP 63XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07513VHS7 
HP 63XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZSBRW9 
HP 63XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GY5NSGT 
HP 63XL Black 4-Pack (KKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLLHCBH 
HP 63XL Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07511SR3L 
HP 63XL Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1NM23J 
HP 63XL Black/Color 2-Pack (KC)    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDFCY5Z 
HP 63XL Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075119T4C 
HP 63XL Black/Color 7-Pack (KKKKCCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLGDW81 

 

HP 901 Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWWQXVL 
HP 901 Color (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWYFVDY 
HP 901 Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GWXL493 
HP 901 Black/Color 2-Pack (KC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX15LJV 
HP 901 Black/Color 3-Pack (KKC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX1SKW9 
HP 901XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX2JW24 
HP 901XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX7L576 
HP 901 Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GYYFRSY 
HP 901XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GYYJNNS 
HP 901 Color 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1K339G 

 

 

 

HP 932XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YYWPD3 
HP 932XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBL4682 
HP 932XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1YFYZ6 
HP 932XL Black 3-Pack (3K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1YFYZ6 
HP 933XL Cyan (C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Y56CGB 
HP 933XL Magenta (M) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YX2DCG 
HP 933XL Yellow (Y) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YFH84W 
HP 933XL 3-Pack (CMY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBHCNW6 
HP 932XL-933XL 4-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z11Z5J 
HP 933XL Cyan 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2PS5JB 
HP 933XL Magenta 2-Pack (MM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2P2T6Q 
HP 933XL Yellow 2-Pack (YY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2RF133 
HP 933XL Cyan 3-Pack (CCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9KXSKK 
HP 933XL Magenta 3-Pack (MMM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9L2SNJ 
HP 933XL Yellow 3-Pack (YYY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9JQ5V1 
HP 950XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YX2DGS 
HP 950XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBJNX39 
HP 950XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1W5VSM 
HP 950XL Black 5-Pack (KKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K16W5ZM 
HP 950XL Black 10-Pack (KKKKKKKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1KHD66 
HP 951XL Cyan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074Z3GHX8 
HP 951XL Cyan 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H36BBM3 
HP 951XL Cyan 3-Pack (CCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB6YHVG 
HP 951XL Magenta https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YYLKX9 
HP 951XL Magenta 2-Pack (MM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H39KGBZ 
HP 951XL Magenta 3-Pack (MMM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB7FQDZ 
HP 951XL Yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YZSVVK 
HP 951XL Yellow 2-Pack (YY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H37BSRD 
HP 951XL Yellow 3-Pack (YYY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB875NK 
HP 951XL 3-Pack (CMY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GBKFL2K 
HP 950-951XL 4-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YY459Z 
HP 950-951XL 8-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1LJRLS 
HP 950-951XL 12-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZSG1RN 
HP 950-951XL 16-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1KCYD6 

 

HP 952XL Black (K) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D96DJQ4
HP 952XL Black 2-Pack (KK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D99QZZB 
HP 952XL Black 3-Pack (KKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H1ZTR7B 
HP 952XL Black 5-Pack (KKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JNQWVYK 
HP 952XL Black 10-Pack (KKKKKKKKKK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JMG5164 
HP 952XL Cyan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D993RY3 
HP 952XL Cyan 2-Pack (CC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H38GZ37 
HP 952XL Cyan 3-Pack (CCC) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB8W5BK 
HP 952XL Magenta https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D97R3CH 
HP 952XL Magenta 2-Pack (MM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H38SFGK 
HP 952XL Magenta 3-Pack (MMM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HB9V8M9 
HP 952XL Yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D98KQ9V
HP 952XL Yellow 2-Pack (YY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H39V8G1 
HP 952XL Yellow 3-Pack (YYY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HBBN2HY 
HP 952XL 3-Pack (CMY) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D996T6B 
HP 952XL 4-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D98K7KG 
HP 952XL 8-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K4XWVTW 
HP 952XL 12-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K512Y3M 
HP 952XL 16-Pack (CMYK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K4ZKM1P