How to Use Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet to Print with Google Cloud

By Dan Gookin

The Google Cloud Print option is perhaps the easiest way to print from your Samsung Galaxy tablet. The problem is that you need four things to make it work:

  • A desktop computer or access to one

  • A printer connected to that computer, either directly or over a network

  • The Google Chrome web browser on that computer

  • The Google Cloud Print app on your tablet

Providing you can wrangle those four items, the next step is to configure everything. It works like this:

  1. Log into Chrome by using your Google account, the same one you use for your tablet.

    Google insists that you do this when you first obtain the Chrome program for your computer.

  2. In Chrome (on your computer), click the Menu icon in the upper-right corner of the window.

  3. Still on your computer, choose the Settings command.

    A new browser tab opens, listing Chrome Settings.

  4. Click the Show Advanced Settings link.

    The link is at the bottom of the page. After clicking the link, the page grows longer with more options and settings.

  5. In the Google Cloud Print section, click the Sign in to Google Cloud Print button.

    That’s it.

With the computer set up for Google Cloud Print, the next step is to download the Google Cloud Print app from the Play Store.

After the Cloud Print app is installed on your tablet, you can print from any app (not just the Gallery) by following these steps:

  1. Touch the Share icon.

  2. Choose the Cloud Print item.

  3. Select a local printer or device from the list.

    The document prints.

The unusual thing with Google Cloud Print is that you don’t need to be in the same place as the printer.