How to print from Android: Would you like to be able to print documents, emails and web pages from your Android smartphone but your printer does not support Internet connection? Is this the first time that you find yourself having to carry out an operation like this and you have no idea how to do it? But don’t worry! Both in the first and in the second case I can give you a hand to understand how to print from android and, believe me, not only is it feasible in a few moments but it is also very simple.
So take a few minutes of free time and concentrate on reading this simple guide in which I will go to show you, step by step, everything you need to do to be able to print from Android. I will suggest you how to operate on your smartphone or tablet to print any document both on network printers and on those connected directly to the device via Wi-Fi or USB.
Then? what are you still doing standing there? Make yourself comfortable, take your Android smartphone or tablet and discover, with me, how to proceed. You will see, in the end you will be able to tell yourself more than satisfied with the discovery made and, if necessary, you will also be ready to provide all the necessary explanations to your friends eager to receive a similar tip. Let it bet? I just have to wish you a good read!
Before we start talking to you about how to print from android a document or photo in your possession, you need to make sure that your printer is properly configured. Although the method for printing from Android is almost the same on every smartphone or tablet with this operating system, the correct configuration of the printer is essential for the printing procedure to be completed successfully.
In this regard, what I advise you to do is to carefully read all the information I provided you in my tutorial on how to configure a printer on the network, useful for being able to install a printer on the network via wireless connection or with a LAN cable / USB directly to the router. In general, I also recommend reading my guide on how to connect a printer, which can help you on the correct installation of this peripheral.
Having made this brief introduction, it’s time to see in detail how to print a document or photo via your Android smartphone or tablet, using some of the most effective and immediate methods to perform this operation in the blink of an eye.
How to print from Android to any printer
On Android you can print on practically any printer: the “trick” is to use the technologies available on this peripheral or to lean on a PC in order to be able to locate the printer on the network on your smartphone or tablet. So let’s see together how to proceed with printing!
How to print from Android to WiFi printer
If you have a latest generation printer that supports the Wi-Fi technology, it will be very easy to be able to print any file from Android. These peripherals are already equipped with all the drivers that allow communication with the devices of the famous green robot and, on the latter, the manufacturers’ apps are also available to ensure that there is no hitch in identifying the printer and in the correct printing process.
Just by way of example, I report below some of the apps present in the Play Store of Android (but they are also available in alternative stores) of the most famous printer manufacturers, which are generally essential to be installed on your smartphone or tablet (sometimes the installation can be suggested directly from the device) in order to communicate with the printer.
- Epson iPrint – is the app made available by Epson and must be used in conjunction with its printers for wireless printing. It’s free.
- HP Print Services Plugin And HP Smart – are the official apps provided by HP to print with its Wi-Fi printers. They support over 200 different printer models and are very simple to set up and use. They’re free.
- Samsung Print Service Plugin – this is the official app made available by Samsung for its printers and also for those of other brands that are under the Mopria certified brand (universal standard for printing and scanning).
- Mopria Print Service – is the official app of the universal standard for printing which many famous printer and scanner manufacturers adhere to. Supports Brother, Canon, DEVELOP, Epson, FUJIFILM, Gestetner, HP, Infotec, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lanier, Lenovo, Lexmark, NEC, NRG, Pantum, RICOH, Samsung, Savin, Sharp, TA Triumph Adler-UTAX printers, Toshiba and Xerox.
After installing the compatible printing service with your printer on your smartphone or tablet, make sure this is enabled in the Android settings. Then tap on the app Settings present on the home screen or in the drawer, select the items Device Connection> Print, tap on Service Name installed and make sure the toggle displayed on the screen is set to ON.
Now, if you have configured the printer on the network as I explained to you in the introductory chapter, you will find hers host name in the section below: Printers. If you don’t have the ability to network a printer, you can use Wi-Fi Direct technology: it is a direct method of connecting two devices that uses wireless technology without using an intermediary router.
In this specific case, you must activate this mode on the printer, using the appropriate physical button (without display) or theWi-Fi Direct icon on the display. In this case, following the simple on-screen wizard (which varies from model to model), the printer will temporarily wait for the connection signal with the Android device.
Therefore, on your smartphone or tablet, start the Settings of Android, select the items Device Connection> Print> [nome servizio di stampa] and presses on printer name. If you do not find it in the list, click on the icon (…), press on Add printer and follow the simple on-screen instructions for connecting the printer in Wi-Fi Direct: the print service will identify the printer in order to recognize it correctly and pair it with the device.
At this point, all you have to do is open the document or web page to be printed on paper, press on share button and select the item Press. In the drop-down menu at the top, select the printer name previously configured and press onprint icon.
How to print from Android to network printer
As I mentioned in the introductory chapter, modern printers are equipped with network connectivity to allow the connection of this peripheral with other devices other than the computer, such as smartphones and tablets. On Android you can therefore easily print a document or a photo, but what if the printer is too old and does not have this network connectivity technology?
For example, your printer may have only one port LPT (the parallel port) or that USB. And if your router does not allow the connection of USB devices, it could be difficult for you to unravel the problem, right? In reality, through a few simple tricks, you can easily transform a non-Wi-Fi printer or, generally, without any network connectivity, into a compatible one to be identified and used on your Android smartphone or tablet.
In this case, what you can do is share the printer (correctly installed on your PC) on the network, so as to be identified by other devices connected to the same home network. In this regard, what I can recommend is to carefully read the instructions I gave you in my tutorial on how to share a printer.
After configuring the printer on the network, regardless of the method used (Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, connected to the router or shared in LAN / USB / LPT from the PC) what you need to do is follow the same instructions I gave you. In the previous chapter, where I explained how to allow your Android smartphone or tablet to locate a printer on the network and how to print a file.
How to print from Android with USB cable
If it is not possible for you to connect the printer to the network with the methods I indicated in the previous chapters, you could then try to connect it in USB directly to your Android smartphone or tablet.
It being understood that the procedure for printing a document from Android is the same as I indicated in this chapter, connecting a printer via USB directly to the Android device is not a simple operation: you must first make sure that the latter has enabled the protocol OTG, a system that allows the communication of a device (such as a printer) with an Android smartphone or tablet.
It is not certain that this technology is available on your Android device and, therefore, you must first check that it is equipped with it and then enable it for correct communication with the printer. In this regard, what I can do is advise you to carefully read all the procedures that I have indicated to you in this tutorial of mine dedicated to the subject.
Secondly, you need to equip yourself with a USB cable to be used for the connection between the Android device and the printer. The one you already use to connect the printer to your PC is not suitable, as the USB ports are type A and B. The type B end is usually the one to connect to the printer, but type A is not at all. suitable for smartphones or tablets, which are instead equipped with a door USB type C or microUSB (for older models).
In this case, you need to get a special cable or use adapters so that you can still use the connection cable you already have. Here are some solutions that might be right for you.