I am often asked ‘Andy, this new tablet is great but my wife keeps asking me ‘I want to print out a recipe – how the heck can I do it from this #@**@ thing (or words to that effect?’. My answer has been in the past to find a suitable app for the printer you own – but good ol’ Google has come to the rescue some time ago with their fantastic (and free – don’t you love that?) app called Cloud Print.
In simple terms this is how it works. Firstly, you need to be running Google Chrome on your home PC or laptop, which is a no-brainer really as it’s the browser of choice for most of us these days anyway. Next step is to set up the printer you want to use for the service – go to the Chrome settings area from the menu and scroll down to ‘Show Advanced settings’. In there you will find a section called – you guessed it – Cloud Print. Now, tick the box that starts with ‘Show notifications when new printers…’ then click on the ‘Manage’ button. I’m betting that when you do, you will see your home printer in there already. If you can’t it’s a relatively easy task to set up a new printer but a little beyond the scope of this article. Let us know in the comments if you have trouble and we’ll try and help.
If you do see your printer there, you just click ‘manage’ beside it and you will be able to see if it is online and ready to print – tip: if it’s showing Offline check if it is turned on…
Finally, you just need to install Cloud Print on your phone or tablet and away you go – you can now print any web page, recipe or file on your device straight to the printer, clever stuff eh?
From Google Play – the description says it all really –
– Print from any compatible Android device to any Google Cloud Print connected printer
– Share a picture or a document from apps like Gallery directly to Cloud Print
– Track the status of your print jobs
– Process printer invitations. Open invitation links from email in Cloud Print
– Find and register new Cloud Ready printers on the local network*
Like anything, sometimes you can run into strife but so long as you have the latest version of Chrome installed on your computer or laptop all should go well. I have three printers in my office and Cloud Print found them all without any set up on my part.
Let us know in the comments if you have tried this great app or if you are having problems and me or some other A4S visitor should be able to help!
Price : Free
Size : 3.5Mb
Needs : Android 2.33+