How to configure your network printer with Google Cloud Print

How to configure your network printer with Google Cloud Print

There may still be some of you who do not know the Google Cloud Print tool. It is designed to be able to register printers and link them to your Google account . Installation can be done with classic printers or remote printers. We will quickly tell you how it goes.

Classic printers

The first thing to do is open Chrome (it has to be in this browser) and open a tab. There, we will write chrome: // devices. There we will see a list with all the devices connected to your Google account . As this is the first time, no connected device should appear. If something appears connected, it means that someone has been fiddling with the computer without our knowledge.

Apart from this, you will have a list of available devices connected to the network. Since we are talking about a printer, yours will probably not appear. For that you have the option Add printer . If you have ever used a printer to print a file from Chrome or Google Drive, it will appear in a list. So, if you want to avoid that step, just click there and that's it. If you want to add more or a new one, check Add printers again.

In addition, in the Google Cloud Print menu we can select that each printer that is installed on the computer is automatically recognized . Automating the process will remove problems for us.

Lastly, there is the Manage Printers option. There we have the entire list of printers already selected , and from there we can also access all the files that you have already printed in Google Print. We find it in the section Show print jobs. Here you have an explanatory video of how to do it:

Cloud printers

We will now move on to printers that have the ability to connect to the cloud. If we are on a computer, we have to repeat the same operation as before: open a Chrome tab and write chrome: // devices . If the printer is connected to the network, it will already appear in the list, and you just have to add it. It is a much simpler process than in the previous case, of course.

We can also do the management through a mobile. Of course, in order to carry it out, we will have to have a device with an Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system or higher . In this case, we do not have to enter Chrome, but we have to open the Settings application.

Once inside, we look for the System option, and there we will see a Cloud Print icon . When we are there, we click on the plus button, the one with the three dots. There we have to select Add printer, and it will be then when the list of connected printers will appear.

In some devices, instead of System, we may find the Print option directly . The Motorola Moto Z, with Android 7, for example, works like this. Once inside printing, we already mark Cloud Print.

As you can see, both systems are very simple, and allow us to have the printer connected to our Google account . The computer you use will now be secondary, because you know that while you connect to that account, the printer will already be installed. The main idea is that we only have to install our printer once, and forget about it.

We must inform you that Google Cloud Print is still in beta . That may mean problems still arise. Keep this in mind if you have an incident, but do not lose track of this service, as it is really interesting and useful.