If your printer has ever given you nightmares, I wouldn’t blame you. Few other devices can prove so problematic as a printer, with network connectivity (or lack thereof) being one of the most frustrating issues you can come across.
And that’s why you need to know about Google Cloud Print. This service by Google makes it possible for you to print to ANY printer from anywhere — even when you’re halfway across the globe — as long as you have an internet connection and the printer is set up beforehand.
These days, there are two types of printers: cloud ready printers, which are internet-enabled and can connect directly to Google, and classic printers, which aren’t internet-enabled and must use an internet-enabled device as their means of connecting to Google.
For classic printers, you’ll need to use Google Chrome for setup:
- Connect the printer to your computer.
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Type chrome://devices in the URL address bar.
- Click Add Printers.
- Select your printer and add it.
- In order to print to this printer, your computer must remain on and yoyur Chrome browser must remain open.
For cloud ready printers, you’ll need to consult the printer’s user manual for setup instructions. It should be rather straightforward though and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
To print, go to Google Cloud Print and click on Print. Select the document you want to print. This will send the file over to Google, which is then forwarded to the cloud-connected printer for printing. It’s as simple as that.
Have you used Google Cloud Print before? How was your experience? If not, is this something you’ll be using from here on out? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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