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    [GUIDE] Printing from your Android tablet, (or phone)

    So, you want to print! Piece of cake!

    You have a lot of options so you need to choose which 1 or preferably 2, you will use. I'll explain how, and why.

    Google Cloud Print


    The most flexible way to print from an Android tablet, ANY Android tablet, is to use Google Cloud Print. It requires 2 things. You first need an app on your tablet (or phone) called.......Cloud Print, which can be found here. You will also need Google Chrome installed on a computer. Chrome does not need to be running for it to work. Make certain you are signed in to Chrome using the same account you used on your tablet. In Chrome, click on the wrench then settings then advanced at the bottom to set up Cloud Print on your system.

    Go here to set up what will for most be the classic printers and follow the instructions.

    So, what will this accomplish? You will be able to print to nearly all the printers on the system Chrome is installed on, from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Cool huh? But some people have an issue with sending the print job to the cloud first, which is going to happen even if you're setting next to the printer. But it works. The computer Chrome is install on must have access to the printers you want to use, that's all there is to it.

    PrinterShare

    PrinterShare will allow you to print to virtually all of the printers connected to your network when you are in the same location, without going into the cloud first. There is a free version of PrinterShare here, just to make certain it works. You will be able to print test pages to your printer(s) before having to shell out $12.95 for the full feature key, which can be found here. So, you ask, why spend the $12.95? Several reasons, though the big one is that it allows you to print to other people's printers when you are at their home or office. I have used PrinterShare to print to network attached printers at many of my customer's offices. And it works well. PrinterShare will also allow you to print to CloudPrint and has the ability to locate nearby printers, wired, wireless and/or blue tooth. Beyond that, many people have noticed that the included GMail app does not have the SHARE function, so printing cannot be achieved. PrinterShare can access your GMail, Calendar, Contact and Documents (if you grant it permission) to allow it to print to local or cloud printers. For other types of accounts, you are still out of luck because the Email app does not have a share option either. Some other mail clients do have a share option to allow printing if you need it.


    An app very similar to PrinterShare is PrintBot. Found here. It also has a full "Pro" key for only $4.99 and the free version, as with PrinterShare is for testing. Though PrintBot works, it isn't quite as flexible nor does it appear to support as many printers as PrinterShare.


    Alternatives

    Most of the major printer companies have free apps on the Google Store, like Epson, HP, (mostly for printing photos) and others so it pays to do a search on the Store to see if your brand is listed. There is no guarantee that if you have an Epson printer that their printer app will work but since the app is free it's worth a shot. These can be very handy if you have a mulit-function printer as some of these apps will allow you to print as well as scan from your tablet.

    PrinterShare has been on sale several time on the Amazon Stores so you could get lucky. I prefer having 2 options. Cloud Print makes it simple to print to your printers from anywhere you have a connection, but apps like PrinterShare add the ability to print to other printers and if it's a WiFi printer it doesn't even need to be connected to a local computer. Be aware that even PrinterShare will fail to be able to print to some more sophisticated office printers but I have had good luck with it.

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    Oh thank goodness...
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    printing


    Thanks a million I have spent ages trying to figure it out, I will try option 1 first
    Quote Originally Posted by leeshor View Post
    So, you want to print! Piece of cake!

    You have a lot of options so you need to choose which 1 or preferably 2, you will use. I'll explain how, and why.

    Google Cloud Print


    The most flexible way to print from an Android tablet, ANY Android tablet, is to use Google Cloud Print. It requires 2 things. You first need an app on your tablet (or phone) called.......Cloud Print, which can be found here. You will also need Google Chrome installed on a computer. Chrome does not need to be running for it to work. Make certain you are signed in to Chrome using the same account you used on your tablet. In Chrome, click on the wrench then settings then advanced at the bottom to set up Cloud Print on your system.

    Go here to set up what will for most be the classic printers and follow the instructions.

    So, what will this accomplish? You will be able to print to nearly all the printers on the system Chrome is installed on, from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Cool huh? But some people have an issue with sending the print job to the cloud first, which is going to happen even if you're setting next to the printer. But it works. The computer Chrome is install on must have access to the printers you want to use, that's all there is to it.

    PrinterShare

    PrinterShare will allow you to print to virtually all of the printers connected to your network when you are in the same location, without going into the cloud first. There is a free version of PrinterShare here, just to make certain it works. You will be able to print test pages to your printer(s) before having to shell out $12.95 for the full feature key, which can be found here. So, you ask, why spend the $12.95? Several reasons, though the big one is that it allows you to print to other people's printers when you are at their home or office. I have used PrinterShare to print to network attached printers at many of my customer's offices. And it works well. PrinterShare will also allow you to print to CloudPrint and has the ability to locate nearby printers, wired, wireless and/or blue tooth. Beyond that, many people have noticed that the included GMail app does not have the SHARE function, so printing cannot be achieved. PrinterShare can access your GMail, Calendar, Contact and Documents (if you grant it permission) to allow it to print to local or cloud printers. For other types of accounts, you are still out of luck because the Email app does not have a share option either. Some other mail clients do have a share option to allow printing if you need it.


    An app very similar to PrinterShare is PrintBot. Found here. It also has a full "Pro" key for only $4.99 and the free version, as with PrinterShare is for testing. Though PrintBot works, it isn't quite as flexible nor does it appear to support as many printers as PrinterShare.


    Alternatives

    Most of the major printer companies have free apps on the Google Store, like Epson, HP, (mostly for printing photos) and others so it pays to do a search on the Store to see if your brand is listed. There is no guarantee that if you have an Epson printer that their printer app will work but since the app is free it's worth a shot. These can be very handy if you have a mulit-function printer as some of these apps will allow you to print as well as scan from your tablet.

    PrinterShare has been on sale several time on the Amazon Stores so you could get lucky. I prefer having 2 options. Cloud Print makes it simple to print to your printers from anywhere you have a connection, but apps like PrinterShare add the ability to print to other printers and if it's a WiFi printer it doesn't even need to be connected to a local computer. Be aware that even PrinterShare will fail to be able to print to some more sophisticated office printers but I have had good luck with it.

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    Hi.
    Maybe a stupid question, but I would like to ask.
    Can I use USB port on the dock for my printer? I mean, if I connect the printer with USB cable to my tablet, does it work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadanest View Post
    Hi.
    Maybe a stupid question, but I would like to ask.
    Can I use USB port on the dock for my printer? I mean, if I connect the printer with USB cable to my tablet, does it work?
    No, sorry, it won't. Neither USB printers or dvd drives will work. No drivers, you see.
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    Can't print from Cloudprint nor Printershare with my Asus Infinity Tablet

    [QUOTE=lammando;215654]

    I'm having trouble using either of them. For Cloudprint, when I got to the page where it has option of uploading file, when I click on it, both buttons are clicked on and it brings me to the list of printers.

    For Printershare, I can only see one of the wireless printers in the office and not the other, which is also wireless. I am also unable to find the menu bar or a page where I can add printers. All I see is exactly the picture you inserted in your post. Please help! Thanks!

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    [QUOTE=btong;222155]
    Quote Originally Posted by lammando View Post


    I'm having trouble using either of them. For Cloudprint, when I got to the page where it has option of uploading file, when I click on it, both buttons are clicked on and it brings me to the list of printers.

    For Printershare, I can only see one of the wireless printers in the office and not the other, which is also wireless. I am also unable to find the menu bar or a page where I can add printers. All I see is exactly the picture you inserted in your post. Please help! Thanks!
    Let's deal with PrinterShare for the moment.Once open to that screen there is a menu button at the bottom, 4th from left and one of the items is select printer. You have a few ways to look for one.

    On the Google printing your app needs to have a share option. Assuming you have set it up properly on your PC and you have the Google Print app installed, it should be a slam dunk. Not certain where your problem lies.

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    Cloud Print is not the only app that works with the Google service. The developer of Maildroid has one called Easy Print. I haven't experimented with it, but it is needed for printing from Maildroid, which lacks the Send function needed for access to Cloud Print but integrates this app with a Print command.

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    Just for clarification it would be a share function rather than a send function.

 

 
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