How to Set Up Google Print on Your Chromebook

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Paper is going the way of the DVD, but you still need to print out the occasional work document, digital concert ticket or online form. With your Chromebook, wireless printing to a network-attached or cloud-ready printer is just a matter of switching on a few settings, thanks to the Chrome Web browser and Google Cloud Print. This Web-based interface connects to the desk printer at home and the executive laser printer at work -- and lets you choose which device prints the file. Your printing -- no matter how seldom -- gets done fast and easy. Here’s how to set it up. 

Set Up a Classic Network-Attached Printer

 If your printer is connected to your computer via USB or a local access network, these are the instructions you’ll need to set up access via Google Print.

  1. Launch Google Chrome on the computer attached to the same network as the printer. Make sure you are signed into your Google account within Chrome.
     
  2. Click the Menu button.
     
  3. Go to Settings.
     
  4. Select Show Advanced Settings from the bottom of the screen.
     
  5. Click the “Sign in to Google Print” button. This will allow you to connect your Google Account to the Google Print service.
     
  6. Tap Add Printer(s) The message will change instantly.
     
  7. Select Manage Your Printers. This will take you to Google Print.
     
  8. Select Printers from the menu on the left. Here you’ll see a list of printers connected to the computer you are using.
    When you print something from the Chrome browser, these printers will appear as output destinations.
     

Set up a Cloud-Ready Printer

If you have a cloud-connected printer, setup instructions vary by the brand of your printer. Don’t worry, Google has provided step-by-step instructions for every printer manufacturer with cloud-enabled hardware.

  1. Follow steps 1 - 8 above.
  2. Select Add a Cloud Ready Printer from the menu on the left side. This will take you to a Google Print page with instructions for cloud-enabled printers built by Canon, Dell, Epson, HP and Kodak.
     
  3. Find the manufacturer of your printer and follow the instructions to set up Google Print.
     

How to Print Using Google Print

  1. Select the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Chrome Web browser.
     
  2. Choose Print from the drop-down menu.
     
  3. Select the desired printer by clicking Change... under Destination within the menu on the left side
     
  4. Pick the destination printer that works best for you.
     
  5. Tweak settings such as Page Range, Page Layout/Orientation, Margins, etc.
     
  6. Select Print from the options on the left side.
     
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22 comments
  • Matt The Golem Says:

    This chromebook is an infuriating piece of shit. Hours spent trying to follow various instructions and still not possible to complete the basic task of connecting it to a network printer. No way to see the printer, no way to see the network or access it. It's un-fucking-believable that Google has done this in 2016.

  • Tim (frustrated) Says:

    Same problem here. All I want to do is print from my Chromebook! I had the instore google team on to it for a total of 6 hours in all with 3 printers, taking my new printerback in for them to help me today, and have had to get a refund on both a Brother laser printer and the Samsung laser - supposedly two CLOUD COMPATIBLE printers. It is quite unbelievable and demoralising how difficult it is to try and successfully connect and print from a Chromebook. This needs to be urgently addressed by google chrome.

  • Sharon Says:

    I have the same problem with my Cannon printer not connecting to my Chromebook. Spent hours trying to connect. Will Not Connect and print. Taking printer back. Supposed to be compatible printer. Somebody lied to me on that one.

  • donna jennings Says:

    I have a Samsung Chromebook and I love it. And I send files to my HP8610 all-in-one printer no problem. I print recipes, photos, return labels from Amazon, etc. My Chromebook is a little limited but not by much. Has a word processor, bookkeeping programs and more under Docs. My printer is wireless. Good Luck. This laptop will work with a lot of compatible printers.

  • donna jennings Says:

    I love my Chromebook for many good reasons. And I have learned to print easily via HP8610 standard all-in-one printer. I print recipes, photos, return labels from Amazon, etc. But lots of printers are listed as compatible. I take my Chromebook with me everywhere (I babysit) and enjoy Pandora (Kid's songs), netflix, daily news, and it is small and light, but has it's own attached keyboard. I keep it on the couch at home where I Google everything. It is best all-around laptop purchase. Even has a word processor and accounting program which is great.
    Keep trying to connect to your printer. Mine is wireless. Maybe that is a snag. Good Luck. You made the right choice with the computer.

  • leo cor Says:

    I need an app to connect a Canon classic printer to Chromebook

  • jakob Says:

    instructions do not work on my chrome book / current google.

    following the steps only leads beck to the help pages -full circle.

    this is idiotic

  • Phillip Frost Says:

    I appreciate Chrome books trying to be futuristic with all this new "cloud" and "wireless" printing, but for someone to not be able to connect a USB and print (like that was so difficult before) is just idiotic. I assumed it could both when I bought it. They should cover the basics before moving on to more advanced options that sometimes work

  • Nicolas Says:

    I've spent HOURS trying to hook up my Canon printer to my chromebook! Yes, Hours!!!! Just keep going in loops. Solution : donwloaded canon app to my iphone and installed google docs app. Everytime I have to print I send the docs from chromebook via email to my gmail acct on iphone and use the canon app to print.

  • Neville Says:

    My classic printer is registered to cloud print but still cannot print from our Chromebook. We have had it a year now. Bah!

  • Cathy Says:

    Having issue of printer not showing and instead of print it just comes up. Save Same problem as elle

  • Titus Mendell Says:

    DO NOT BUY A CHROMEBOOK. IT IS VERY DIFFICUILT TO GET IT TO PRINT, IN THE FIRST PLACE YOUR PRINTER MUST BE WIRELESS,

  • Mike M Says:

    I have wasted hours of my life trying to get my Samsung Chrome to send files to my (non-cloud) printer. I've followed all the instructions and it all seemed to work. Then, all I can do is to SAVE the file on Google Drive, but the bloody thing will not PRINT. A sodding nightmare. I notice that people on this site were reporting the same problem 2 years ago. It has not been fixed as far as I can tell.

  • Trevor Says:

    I made the mistake of buying an acer chrome laptop.

    It works ok except the stupid machine will not print to my Canon MP100 printer either through Wi-Fi or USB connection.

    What halfwit decided not tu have a standard print function?

  • Valentin Says:

    I just purchased a Samsung M2020W Cloud compatible printer that works with my Chrome computers, BUT not in Duplex mode. The Duplex option is not on the menu! Samsung support tells me that Duiplex option is NOT available on Google Cloud Print utility, but I see it in this article! Should I upgrade my Google Cloud Print utility?

  • Bob Says:

    how have google made this so difficult my wife has a HP google chrome and cannot print on my printer. Are these people burying their heads in the sand. wake up google and talk to us.

    Help

  • Arul Says:

    I am planning to buy a chrome book. I have a HP F4488 deskjet printer (connects by USB only). I do NOT have any other device to install or configure cloud print. But, I have a DSL modem with a USB port. With the above set up is it worth buying the chrome book?? I need to print occasionally.

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    Hi, I want to subscribe for this blog to get most recent updates,
    so where can i do it please help out.

  • LaToya Says:

    Thanks but no help it all... Basically the same thing the google chromebook says and it doesnt work. I have an HP all in 2542 wireless network printer using the same WiFi and internet connection through my Verizon Fios... When I click "Add traditional printer" it takes me back to the same screen with the dumb instructions to add classic printer . My screen does not auto change or detect the printer even when I plugged it using the USB cable !!!! This was the worst investment ever!! I shouldve known the price was too good. If I wanted a google tablet I would have bought the samsung galaxy tablet 3. This chromebook would be great for my 10 year old to play games ,music and social network but for an adult student this is CRAP.. a joke... I cannot print... If I wanted to drive all the way to Kinkos/FedEx to eprint I wouldve saved my $250 and just used their PC too... This product sucks, dont spend your money !

  • jim richard Says:

    I CAN NOT GET THIS STUPID GOOGLE LAPTOP TO PRINT I DONT WANT AIR PRINT I JUST WANT TO PLUG IT IN A FUCKIN PRINT THIS IS THE WORST COMPUTER IVE EVER MADE A MISTAKE IN BUYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hugh Says:

    Am i understanding this correct? I Must have another pc/mac to initially setup a cloud ready printer.
    I cannot get my chromebook and printer to "talk", and have spoke with samsung tech support with no success.

  • Elle Says:

    Hi there, great article.
    I added the printers from my old laptop (which has chrome, and I was signed in, could see the printers etc.), and they are visible on my Chromebook.
    However when I click 'print' from the menu in chrome, all I get is 'save', No printers show up to choose from.
    Do you know what I'm doing wrong?

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