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How to Print from Your Smartphone

When you are in a hurry and need to print an important document right away, it’s not always easy to find a computer at hand. Luckily, there are several mechanisms to print directly from your cell phone: by connecting it to a printer with a USB cable or using various wireless connections. Read on to find the handiest options.



Google Cloud Print

With Google Cloud Print, you can print files that are stored on your Google Drive remotely, without the devices having to be connected to the printer via cable. If your printer isn't already set up to access files in the cloud, here's how to configure it:

1. Turn on your printer.
2. On your computer, open Chrome browser.
3. At the top right, click on the three dots menu and go to Settings.
4. Then go to Advanced Settings > Printing > Google Cloud Print.



5. Select Manage Cloud Devices in Cloud Print.



6. Check the available printers and, if you want, mark for automatic activation of the printers that will be available in the future.



Once you have the printer set up, follow the steps below to print a file from your mobile phone:

1. Download and install the Google Chrome and/or Google Drive app.
2. Open the file to print in the Chrome browser or in the Drive cloud.
3. From the top menu, select Share > Print.
4. Select the printer.
5. Set the print options if necessary and confirm.

Print Apps

There are several applications that you can download to your phone and use for printing.

RICOH Smart Device Connector

The Ricoh Smart Device Connector is an app that allows you to print a web page you are viewing on your phone or a file you have saved. Simply download and install the application. Make sure your phone and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Select the Print option and the app will search for printers available via Bluetooth or the Wifi network.

You can also set it up to access your Google Drive or Dropbox files. With the RICOH Smart Device Connector you can also scan files as well as make presentations from files saved in your cell phone if the projector has a Bluetooth connection. You can also connect to smart screens, for example from a Smart TV.



You can download the app and learn more about how to use it here.

PrinterShare Mobile Printing

PrinterShare is another tool that works to wirelessly connect your cell phone to a printer. It is important to note that the printers should be relatively recent models with a wireless option.



You can download PrinterShare app and see more details about how it works here.

Bluetooth Print

Bluetooth Printing is an app that, as its name suggests, allows you to run a print from your mobile phone using Bluetooth. It’s only available for Android.



You can download it here.

With Other Printer Program

Most printer manufacturers already have a system in place to enable remote printing from a portable device such as a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

How to do it?

1. Install your printer's app or program.

2. Make sure that both the printer and the mobile phone are connected to the same Wifi network.

3. Follow the steps of your printer's app to send the print command.

Some of the most common printer apps are listed below, you can download them by clicking on the name and following the link:


HP

Epson

Canon

Samsung Print Service Plugin

If you have a recent Samsung Galaxy phone you can configure it with your printer (HP, Brother, Lexmark and Canon among others) to send a file to print files remotely. You'll need both devices connected to the same wireless network, without having to use Google Cloud Print and without installing another application or driver.

Go to Settings > Connections > More Connection Settings > Print</bold>. In the Print Options menu, click on + Download plugin and choose the plugin you want to install (all manufacturers are present). If you have a Samsung printer, download the official Samsung Print Service Plugin. The same principle applies for other brands.

Once you have installed the plugin, go back to Print Options, select Samsung Print Service Plugin and activate the option. Your smartphone will then search for compatible Samsung printers that are connected to the same wifi network.

The Samsung Print Service Plugin is installed by default on most Samsung smartphones, but the application is also compatible with other Android devices (as of v 4.4). You can download the Samsung Print Service Plugin from the Google Play Store.

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