This tutorial covers two topics at the same time. First; Google’s Cloud Printing Service, Second, how on earth can we print from an Android Tablet. Quite long post, but you can read only the parts you need as the article was written in such a way that you can skip certain parts or read only those you like. Enjoy – iRshaad 🙂
Having a tablet is really cool; you can play Angry Birds, watch videos on Youtube, browse the WWW and lots more. But for the office guy out there, creating/editing/viewing documents on a tablet is simply awesome. No need to switch on the PC to read a document unless you already own a smartphone with an office suite. But lets not compare the smartphone and the tablet for document viewing as the tablet will take it all with its larger screen providing much better reading ease. But now, there’s another problem, what if that document needs to be printed and you are not on your PC that has a printer hooked to it? :S Well, worry not, today with the advent of cloud computing, printing through the clouds too is possible. Here’s how to do it 🙂
You need not to be a rocket scientist to understand how the system works. On one hand you have a PC connected to the Internet and a printer hooked to it, and on the other side, the tablet connected too to the Internet. And with a piece of software acting as the medium, there you go.. you can send print job from the tablet to the Printer.
First, the tablet and the PC must be running a common software allowing them to interchange information. Thus, when the tablet triggers the print job, the PC recognises it and launches the print out on the Printer. Technically, the document is uploaded from the tablet to a temporary folder in the clouds. Then the PC, constantly checking for any update in the folder, takes the document, download it to its own printer cache and the job is done. Your document is printed in your house in Mauritius while you are enjoying a hot coffee in Paris.
I mentioned ‘piece of software’ earlier.. well, for our tutorial we will be using a free software accessible from almost any device on the planet, that’s Google Chrome and the service we will be using is Google Print.
Google Print is part of Google Cloud services available to registered google users. It allows users to print form any location through the user’s cloud account. Initially, a Google Print Enabled Printer is needed but Google – being cool as usual – has added the possiblity of printing using any printer. But for that, the PC to which the printer is connected must be connected to the Internet and be running Google Chrome all the time.
In this tutorial, i’ll be showing you how to configure both sides and will do a test print too.
PC Side ———————
My Printer is a not a Google Print Enabled one . So I will have to configure it so that it becomes part of the cloud services of my Google Account. Good enough, as most of us do not have a Google Print Enabled one.
- First of all, make sure you have a Google Account.
- Sign in into your Account and navigate the Chrome Settings.
- Scroll down the page; toggle Advanced Settings and look for Google Cloud Print..
Click on Add printers
- The next screen will prompt you to add the Printers, connected to your computer, to Google Cloud Print. – Make sure your printers are connected and powered on –
- Your Printers are now ‘configured’ to access Google Print.
Click on Manage your printers to choose which printers to add.
- That’s it, the printers can now print documents for Google Cloud Print.
You can now login from anywhere around the world with your Google Account credentials, launch a print job, and your document will be printed by your printer even if you are hundred kilometres away from it. 🙂
How to print?
- Open Google Chrome
- Sign in to your Google account -from the browser itself-
- Go to Settings (browser Settings – from the top right hand corner button)
- >> Advanced Settings
- >> Manage print settings
- You will have a list of your previous Print Jobs. Click on the Red Button on your left ‘Print’
Click on “Upload file to print”
- You will be asked to choose the file you want to print by browsing your PC.
- Next, you will have to choose the printer form the list of previously syncronised printers.
- Choose the number of copies, layout, etc – the usual stuff- and hit Print .
As promised, we will also show you how to print from an Android Tablet.
- Launch the Play Store and search for Google Print ; The App is NOT from Google Inc. though.
- Configure the app;
- Choose the account on which you configured Google Print on your PC
- Allow the app the permissions it needs
That’s it! Your tablet is now configured to print documents through Google Cloud Print.
Printing From Tablet;
- Fire up the Google Print app.
- Choose Files to browse and look for the file your want to print.
- Select the file, the printer and launch the print job.
Happy Cloud Printing 😛