How to connect a printer to your Android phone: 5 ways to print

The printer is a very useful device for the home, which allows you to quickly print documents without having to go to a copy center. The device uses a computer as the source of information for the device. However, you can print images or documents from your smartphone screen. Next, let’s understand how to connect a printer to a cell phone on Android, and whether all devices support this option.

What printers can be connected?

In theory, a smartphone can be synchronized to print documents with any printer. True, much will depend on the interfaces that the receiving device supports. So, if we are talking about a wired connection, then on the printing device you need to check the presence of a USB connector. If it is there – you can easily connect by wire.

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A more rational option for pairing looks like abandoning the wires and using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces. There is no problem with a smartphone, but the situation with a printer is more complicated. Of course, any modern printing device supports wireless communication standards, but people rarely update printers, and therefore there is a chance that your device can be connected only by wire.

Finally, there is the option to use Google’s virtual printer. In this case, we can connect the printing device to the PC with any convenient cable, whether USB or an older standard, and then use it as an intermediary between the printer and the smartphone.

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Ways to connect

Ways to connect home equipment to a smartphone, we mentioned in passing earlier. Now it’s time to understand in more detail the nuances of pairing when using wired and wireless options.

Via OTG

This wired connection option is suitable for most printers and smartphones. Since printing from a PC is done through a USB cable, we can use it to pair with a mobile device. The difficulty, however, is the difference in connector types. If the printer uses USB-A, the phone uses USB-C or MicroUSB. Therefore, you will need an OTG adapter:

  1. Insert the OTG adapter into your phone.
  2. Connect the OTG and the printing device with the USB-A plug wire.
  3. Send the document you want to print.

There is nothing complicated about this type of pairing. The only thing the user will have to take care of is the purchase of an adapter. You should also find in advance the software through which you will print.

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Using USB.

An even simpler option for a wired connection looks like using a USB cable without an adapter, because the smartphone comes with a wire with two types of plugs: 1xUSB-A and 1xUSB-C/MicroUSB. However, not all printers are capable of receiving information through a cable that uses two plugs. Despite this, it makes sense to connect this way so that you don’t have to spend extra money to buy an OTG adapter.

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Wi-Fi

It is much more comfortable to print pictures and documents to those who use a modern printer with Wi-Fi support. You do not even have to force the network on it, as it works by default. All that remains is to set up the pairing with your smartphone:

  1. Open your phone’s settings.
  2. Go to “Wi-Fi” and then – “Wi-Fi Direct” (the second item may be hidden in the advanced settings), not forgetting to activate the network connection beforehand.
  3. Wait until the end of the device search and select the printer among the devices from the list.

Now you need to find the document of interest and send it to print through Word or any other similar application. The same applies when you want to print a picture (here you can use “Gallery”).

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Google Cloud

Google has a remote printing service called Cloud Print. No matter how far away you are from the printer, you can print files of interest. But to do so, the printing device and your computer must be paired in any convenient way. It also needs to be set up beforehand:

  • Install the service app on your smartphone and sign up.

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  • On the PC launch the browser Google Chrome and open the settings, having previously authorized in the same account.

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  • Under the “Print” tab, select “Google Virtual Printer” and go to “Manage devices”.

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  • Click “Add printers” and select your device.

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Now, provided your PC and printing device are paired, you can send documents to print from your phone using the Cloud Print app.

Via Bluetooth

Finally, you can use the Bluetooth wireless standard to connect. The connection will be the same as in the case of Wi-Fi. The only difference is using a different communication standard (Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi):

  • Open your phone settings.
  • Go to the “Bluetooth” section.
  • Activate the option and locate the printing device.

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Keep in mind that Bluetooth is not available everywhere. Depending on the version of the communication standard, printing will work at a distance of 5 to 50 meters.

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