Google Cloud Print is a technology that allows you to connect your printers to the Internet. Using Google Cloud Print, you can easily connect to your home or work printers and also make them accessible to smartphones and tablets. Google Cloud Print works on your smart devices, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from. All you need is a Google account, cloud-capable printer, or a printer connected to a computer on your network.
Google Cloud Printing Theory
Google is trying to make it easier for you to print from any device, anywhere in the world to a printer you have registered with Google. You will experience some frustration learning how to print from various devices, as each uses a different menu system. But as long as you are using the Google Chrome web browser on your computer or a smartphone app that supports Google Cloud Print, you should be able to print without issue.
Setting Up A Google Cloud Printer
In order for any of this to work, you will need to register a printer to work with Google Cloud Print. Register your Google Cloud Printer here. When you click the Try Now button, you should see a list of printers on your computer or network.
Highlight any one that is working and available and then click the Print button.
The printer options will expand. Click print again. A test page should print if Google was successful connecting to it.
Printing From The Chrome Browser To Google Cloud Print
You can print directly from the Chrome browser from your computer or smart device. To do so, you will need to be logged into your Google account. When you are on a page you want to print from the cloud, choose settings and then Print. In the Destination section, click Change to change from your current default printer (if any).
The available printers will expand to include your registered Google Cloud printer. Select the Google cloud printer of your choice and then print.
Printing Form Apps To Google Cloud Print
There are a lot of apps available in the Google Play store that allow you to interface with your Google Cloud Printer. Printing from your mobile device has always been a bit like voodoo. You can install apps like Easy Print from the Google play store. Once you sign into your Google account through that app, your registered printers will become available.
To print a document or webpage, you can click Share from your device and your Easy Print icon will be available for you to select. Or save a webpage, photo or document to Google docs or your local storage. Easy Print can access these areas and print the document of your choice directly to the registered printer that could be in your home or office.
Here are some other Google Cloud Print Apps. Experiment and select the one that works best for you.
Google Cloud Print is certainly not the perfect solution yet–especially if your printer is not cloud ready, as most are not. But as long as your printer is connected to a PC that can access the Internet, you should have no issues getting that printer registered to your Google account.