Droid Bionic: Print to a Bluetooth Printer - dummies

Droid Bionic: Print to a Bluetooth Printer

The concept of printing from a cell phone is new and certainly unique. No longer are documents and pictures permanently entombed in your Droid Bionic. Follow the advice here and you’ll be printing wirelessly in no time.

Connecting the Droid Bionic to a Bluetooth printer takes quite a few steps. Bluetooth printers are kind of rare, but if you have a Bluetooth printer and follow these steps, you’ll be successful.

Before you can print, ensure that your Droid Bionic is paired with the Bluetooth printer. Pairing a printer works the same as pairing a headset: You need to make the printer discoverable and possibly input the printer’s passcode on your phone to complete the connection.

You may also need to make the Droid Bionic discoverable to get it connected to the printer. On the Bluetooth Settings screen, choose the item Discoverable. Then direct the printer to search for Bluetooth devices. Choose the Droid Bionic on the printer’s control panel to pair it with the phone.

When the printer and the Bluetooth printer are properly paired, you see the printer listed under Bluetooth Devices on the Bluetooth Settings screen. Even if it says “Paired but not connected,” you’re ready to go.

Assuming that the Bluetooth printer is on and ready to print, follow these steps to print something on your Droid Bionic phone by using the Share command:

  1. View the document, web page, or image you want to print.

  2. Choose the Share command.

    If a Share button isn’t visible in the app, press the Menu soft button to look for the Share command.

  3. Choose Bluetooth from either the Share or Share Via menu.

  4. Choose your Bluetooth printer from the list of items on the Bluetooth Device Picker screen.

  5. If a prompt appears on the printer, confirm that the phone is printing a document.

    The document is uploaded (sent from the phone to the printer), and then it prints. You can view the upload status by pulling down the phone’s notifications.

Not everything on your phone can be printed on a Bluetooth printer. When you can’t find the Share command or the Bluetooth item isn’t available on the Share menu, you cannot print using Bluetooth.

Bluetooth printers sport the Bluetooth logo somewhere, as shown here.