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How to Print from Gmail on Your Android or iPhone Using Cloud Print

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Google recently launched the ability to print to your local printers from anywhere in the world using Google Cloud Print, but it didn’t work anywhere until today. Here’s how to set it up, get it running, and print from your mobile phone.

At the moment, the only desktop way to use Cloud Print is from a Google Chrome Notebook, which most people don’t have access to, or from the Gmail Mobile web site that you can access from iPhone or Android. It’s also worth noting that only Windows is supported for the Cloud Print server portion.

Install Chrome with the Beta or Dev Channels

If you don’t have Chrome installed yet, download the latest beta or developer release from the link below. If you currently have the stable release of Chrome you will need to install the latest beta release to get cloud printing to work.

Note: Once the installation has finished you will need to restart Google Chrome if it is already running

Set up Cloud Print

Once the developer version is installed click on the wrench menu and then options.

Click on the under the hood tab and then scroll down to Google Cloud Print at the bottom.

Sign in with your Google account.

Once you have successfully signed in you should get a confirmation window and then your options will change to have a disable button and a manage print settings button.

If you click on Manage print settings you will be brought to another web page to delete printers from cloud print. This is also the page you can view active print jobs and share printers.

Note: It does not appear that printer sharing is currently enabled.

Once your printers are configured head over to the test print link below and print out a test. A pop-up will ask you which printer you want to use. You can select it and change any options from the link on the right.

If you head back to the printer management page you will see your test print show up under active print jobs.

The job should print out but you might have mixed results with virtual printers such as PDF printers. Just remember, the feature is currently in beta but like always, it will get better with time.

Using Google Cloud Print

Since we don’t have access to a Google Chrome notebook, we’ll show you how it works for regular people—as in, anybody with an iPhone or Android phone. Simple login to gmail.com from your mobile browser, click the drop-down button on the upper bar, and then click Print.

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Then you’ll see a list of your printers, and you can select one.

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Once you select one of the printers, you can expand the Options, and choose the mode, color, and how many copies you want.

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Once you’ve selected the printer, click the Print button in the lower right, and your document will show up on your printer. Who needs trees?

Google Chrome Cloud Print and download

Cloud Print support

Cloud Print print a test page

Justin is a Linux and HTPC enthusiast who loves to try new projects. He isn't scared of bricking a cell phone in the name of freedom.

  • Published 01/25/11

Comments (14)

  1. Edgar Monastero

    the print option did not show up on my gmail using iPhone’s browser.

  2. JohnR

    Is there a way to cloud print from my work pc to my home printer?

  3. Paul

    That is seriously cool!! Able to print to both my network and local printers!

  4. yoGraphic

    Awesome! Able to print from my Samsung Epic 4g to my printers at work.

  5. katefields

    I may be way behind the times, but I’m assuming you have to have a printer that has wi-fi capabilities? And wi-fi router connected to the internet?

    I still a have a printer that uses a USB cable to connect to my computer–and no wi-fi in the house, so I’ll have to wait till I join the 21st century to use this feature. Really cool, though!

  6. calipence

    Kate – the printer can be USB-connected. You run the setup from the computer the printer is connected to, if I understand right. I just tried it and it worked.

  7. calipence

    Do I understand correctly that if I am printing from my iPhone, that it will only print from a Google app?

  8. Kris

    The main issue I can see coming from this is being required to keep the printer and home PC turned on, if I wanted to print while I was at university.

  9. Doctor

    Why can’t I do this from my laptop? I’ve tried multiple times to do this it just won’t which is not cool

  10. Axel

    I have an i-phone 3, does it work with any -i-phone? I installed it but when i go to gmail on my i-phone i don’t have the tab “print”??

  11. clockworkpc

    When will there be a Linux version of this?

  12. eabair

    Sheesh, iphone users. Sorry, used to Android users…I’m an apple hating jerk. Anyway:

    You cannot print from the GMail App (or any App) Yet
    iPhone is supported…
    Your phone browser needs to support HTML 5
    There will be a Linux version, as well as Mac OS
    You MUST have the Beta version of Chrome 9 installed…8 will not work.
    You can print from home to work or work to home or whatever, as long as there is a computer there running Chrome

    If you are having problems, try a new browser, and make sure you have the beta version of Google Chrome and have set up cloud printing in “Options”

  13. Dick

    I printed from my droid to my printer. I will try to print more complicated stuff like an attachment or inline attachment tomorrow.

  14. James

    Is google working on a background app so chrome does not have to be running or an app for wifi printers so the desktop can be off?

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