How to Get Started with Google Cloud Print On PC and Mobile Phone

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Google Cloud Print is the long-awaited answer to my personal prayers for a functioning solution to my printing woes. With more than one home computer at my disposal, not to mention my smartphone and tablet, printing documents and emails from each of my devices can become a frustrating affair. Google Cloud Print is a fresh response for those who have multiple devices and need the added convenience of being able to print from all devices. If a greater number of people use this web app, printing would be much more accessible: Any personal device could sync with any printer.

The new printing app from Google makes it possible to access your printer from any web-connected device through Google Chrome. Although currently it is only supported by Windows XP, Vista and 7 machines, Mac and Linux support are forthcoming. Eventually, mobile apps for the various smartphone platforms will also become available. The advantage to this new way of printing is that there is no longer a need for drivers and installation of printers. Simply log in with your Google account and you are ready to burn ink!

Getting Started

Note: You will need Google Chrome installed on your Windows computer in order to install Google Cloud Print. Also, make sure you set up Google Cloud Print on the computer that is currently set up with your printer.

Step 1: In the top right-hand corner of your Chrome web browser, there will be a wrench icon that you will need to click on.

1. Wrench Icon

Step 2: Select Options from the drop-down menu that appears.

2. Select Options

Step 3: Click the Sign in to Google Cloud Print button in Under the Hood tab of Options.

3. Options Menu - Select Google Print

Step 4: Sign in to the Google Cloud Print with your Google Account username and password. The same one that you use for Gmail or YouTube or any other Google service.

4. Set up Google Cloud Print

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Step 5: Success! Just as Google says, you have “successfully enabled Google Cloud Print!”. Go on, print a test page!

5. Success

Step 6: Not really a step, but something worth noting anyway. Your Options menu now has a new button labeled Manage Print Setting – This is where you can view pending print jobs, active print jobs, etc. It will definitely come in handy if you are having trouble printing a document.

6. New Options Menu

Your printer will now show up in the list of printers you choose from when printing on any of your devices. For Windows computers and smartphones you can print any .pdf or .doc file from Google Docs, or any email from Gmail in your browser. More devices and document types will be added in the future.

Google Cloud Print in iOS

Google’s mobile implementation of it’s new cloud print service can be seen in the screenshots below from my own iPhone. Android users do not fear, it is all browser based at the moment, so any smartphone with a mobile browser can play along, even for those of you using a BlackBerry.

Open up the mobile version of Gmail with your smartphone and open up an email that you would like to print. In this case, I chose a recent Groupon offer. Touching the button with two upward facing arrows brings up a dropdown menu of options, one of which is Print.

Google Cloud Print in iOS

Once you select Print, another webpage will open up that looks like the one below and you will be able to select your desired printer from the available list, provided you have it set up on your Windows computer. Who knew that printing from your mobile device could be so easy?

Printer List in iOS

That’s about it. Hope this helps those who tend to print stuff a number of times on any given day.

Happy Printing, dear readers!

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  • Odean Hoss

    Abhijeet? Abhijeet? I know you’re there. You’re following me aren’t you? You know how I know this? Because I’m just about to go over to a clients house, and SET UP MULTIPLE COMPUTERS ON HER PRINTER! How could you put out this article, right when I need it, unless you have my place bugged? ;-)

    Great timing, and well written.

    Thanks!
    Odean

    • Abhijeet

      Haha, nice. Thank Andrew, our staff writer for writing the article on time. ;)

  • Odean Hoss

    Thank You ANDREW! (maybe when the boss is out of the office, you could sneak your name on the articles you produce, so we can give credit where it’s due, and then at review time………You could point to all those “atta boy’s” you get, and maybe squeak out a little more $$$ from ‘em!) :-D

  • Andrew Kalinchuk

    Thanks Odean! But my name is on my articles, tucked away at the bottom…under the ads and then under the sharing buttons. I am glad you enjoyed the article! Give me as many “atta boy”s that you would like, I am sure it can’t hurt.

  • Weegie1888

    How come I can’t get my bank statement to print? worked fine on AOL—just switched. Everything else prints fine. Bank statement ONLY prints header and footer.