Google Cloud Print has been getting a lot of attention lately. Is there a huge new update that will revolutionize the already popular service?
Google Cloud Print has been getting a lot of press lately, as the service is essentially on its deathbed. Google is once again prematurely ending another popular service beloved by its dedicated user base. Google Cloud Print has been officially confirmed to end on December 31, 2020.
Cloud Print is the latest to join the unofficially dubbed "Google Graveyard," but that doesn't stop you from trying it out before it goes away. Even in modern printing years, Google Cloud Print is an essential service that bridges the gap between older printers and cloud-based printing technology.
What is Google Cloud Print?
Google Cloud Print is a service that connects printers and devices via a cloud-based server and allows them to communicate and print without the need for physical wiring.
It doesn't sound so impressive these days, but Google Cloud Print is able to turn any obsolete printer into a cloud-based printer, which is quite an admirable feat.
Cloud Print is compatible with all Google apps, which means you can print directly from the app.
Gmail, Google Sheets, and Google Docs are arguably the most important apps in their respective areas. Once your printer is connected, you can print directly from these apps to your mobile device, laptop or computer.
While Apple has developed its cloud-based printing service AirPrint for Apple products only, Google's service is comprehensive and does not discriminate against other brands and devices.
While Cloud Print is readily available for all printers and devices with a fast connection, Google seems to play favorites with its proprietary devices.
Cloud Print is already built into Google devices such as the Chromebook and Pixelbook and doesn't require much configuration to get up and running.
Google Cloud Print Requirements
The biggest requirement for using Cloud Print is more of an inconvenience than a barrier to entry. You must create a free Google profile to access Cloud Print's features. If you already have a Google profile, half the battle is already won. If you use Google Chrome, Gmail, Docs, or any other Google-based app, you've probably already created one.
Additionally, you'll need at least one printer connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or LAN. For the 8 of you who still have an archaic 1990s printer (which Google affectionately calls "classic printers"), a computer must be connected at all times to access Google Cloud Prints features.
How do I connect my printer to Google Cloud Print?
Before you can use the Cloud Print service, you must first connect your printer. The steps between Cloud Printers and regular printers vary.
If you're not sure if your printer is a Cloud-enabled printer, you can check here.
For traditional printers, follow these instructions:
- On your PC or Mac, go to your system settings and locate your Printing Options
- Add your printer to your computer
- Open your Chrome web browser and type in chrome://devices
- Under the Classic Printers option, select the printers you want to connect and tap Add Printer
For Cloud-Ready printers, follow these instructions
- On your desktop or laptop, open your Chrome web browser and type chrome://devices
- Under New Devices, find the printer you want to connect
- Next to your printer, click Manage
- In the Confirm Enrollment box, select Enroll
- Go to your printer and follow the instructions on the screen. This may vary depending on the printer, but you may need to select a button prompt that says Register or OK.
- To check if your printer is successfully registered, go to Google.com/cloudprint and select Printers. If your printer appears, it has been successfully connected.
How do I use Google Cloud Print?
Once your device is connected, the hard part is over. Cloud printing is made easy by accessing the Google Cloud Print website or app.
For those using a PC or laptop, you can access the site by typing Google.com/cloudprint on your Chrome or web browser.
From there, simply upload the documents you want to print. Once the files are downloaded, select the printer you want to use and click Print.
Yes, it's literally that simple. Setting up Cloud Print is admittedly more difficult than actually using it. Unfortunately, with a declining shelf life and no official alternative at the moment, Google Cloud Print can only be your solution for a limited time.
While Google Cloud Print will soon be discontinued, we're pretty sure that new technologies will be introduced to make everyday printing more seamless.
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