How to print from a mobile device with Google's Cloud Print

Just because you’re on a smartphone or tablet doesn’t mean you can’t print. In a few easy steps, you can set up Google Cloud Print to print from just about any mobile device.

For more extensive mobile printing tips, see PCWorld’s definitive guide to mobile printing

The first thing you need to do is sit down at a desktop or laptop that’s already connected to a printer. Sign into your Chrome browser and go to the Cloud Print page to set up the printers and mobile devices so they match your preferences.

Back on your Android device, go to Google Play and download Cloud Print. It’s a free app. (For iOS users, there are apps out there for you, too—this Macworld video looks at using Printopia to print from you iPhone or iPad.) Once you’re in Cloud Print, you can open something in Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Calendar, or even Mail and send it to the printer that’s linked to your desktop or laptop.

If you want to print a Web page, it’s easy: Just go to the Web page, click share, and send it to Cloud Print. You’ll find that document waiting for you on the printer in no time.

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