How To Print From Your Phone To A Desktop Printer

Modern desktop printers come in two types; network connected printers, and standard printers. A network connected printer can connect to your WiFi or Ethernet network and receive print jobs from other devices on the network. A standard printer can only receive print jobs from a desktop. This kind, a standard printer, is more common in homes. It’s still in use in many work places as well. A standard printer requires a desktop in order to work. That alone is a major restriction but it also can’t receive print jobs from a mobile device. In terms of hardware, there is just no easy way to bridge that gap. In terms of software though, you can print from your phone to a desktop printer if you have a few things set up via Google Cloud Print. Here’s what you need to do.

What You Need

To print from your phone to a desktop printer, you need;

  1. A properly installed desktop printer. You should be able to print to this printer from your desktop without running into any hiccups.
  2. The Chrome web browser installed on your desktop
  3. A Google account added to Chrome under Chrome>Settings

Add Deskrop Printer To Google Cloud Print

As mentioned in the introduction, software is what bridges the gap between a smartphone and a standard printer. Specifically, we’re talking about a service; Google Cloud Print. Google Cloud Print connects with both network and standard printers. For our purpose, we need to add a standard printer.

Turn your printer on and connect it to your desktop. While not necessary it’s best to connect it to avoid problems.

Open Chrome on your desktop and go to chrome://devices/. Click on ‘Add Printers’.


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