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How to Wirelessly Print From Your Smartphone or Tablet

How to Wirelessly Print From Your Smartphone or Tablet
Sometimes, you just need to print something out. / Credit: Shutterstock

The world is becoming increasingly paperless and mobile, but from time to time, printing is still necessary. But not everyone knows exactly how to connect their smartphone to their printer. Check out our step-by-step guide below to wireless printing from your iPhone, Android or Windows 10 device.

Google Cloud Print comes preinstalled on most Android devices, but you can download it manually.

  1. Once you have Google Cloud Print, open the app you're printing from and tap the three dots that indicate more options (usually in the upper right corner) to find and select the Print option.
  2. Identify or add a printer compatible with your device that's on the same shared Wi-Fi network.
  3. Once the printer is added, printing from your Android device should be self-explanatory.

Apple's built-in AirPrint feature makes it easy to print directly from any iPhone or iPad without downloading additional drivers.

  1. You can only use AirPrint with printers compatible with Apple's technology. Check this list to make sure your printer is AirPrint-enabled.
  2. Make sure your phone and your printer are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Next, open the app you want to print from and find the print option, which may be under Share, Print or Other Options. Tap Print or the printer icon and select Choose an AirPrint-enabled printer.
  4. You should be able to easily identify and select the printer of your choice (or add a new printer), specify your printing needs (number of copies, etc.) and send your job to the chosen printer.

If you're still having trouble using AirPrint, make sure you're running the latest version of iOS and that the app you're printing from doesn't have any updates available.

If you're using a Windows 10 device and you want to print wirelessly, the setup is easy.

  1. First, open Cortana and type in Printer. Select Printers & Scanners when it appears.
  2. Select Add a Printer or Scanner. Assuming your printer is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Windows 10 device, you should have no problem locating it and adding it to your queue.
  3. Now you should be able to print with ease.

If you have a Windows 8 device without a built-in driver, here's what you need to do to wirelessly print.

  1. Download Print Now ($1.99). It's a Windows application that makes it possible for Windows users to wirelessly print through Google Cloud Print.
  2. Make sure your Windows device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your cloud-ready printer.
  3. Link your printer to Google Cloud Print by opening Chrome browser and typing chrome://devices.
  4. Under New Devices, locate your printer. Click Manage next to it.
  5. In the Confirm Registration pop-up window, click Register.
  6. Go to Google.com/cloudprint and click Printers to confirm your printer is registered.
  7. Once that's done, it's easy to send files to the printer from OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox or your phone's onboard media library.
Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.