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How to Print from Google Docs Mobile Using your iPhone or Android Phone

Print Google Docs from iPhoneAt the tail end of 2010, Google began shipping out its Google Notebooks running Chrome OS. In order to allow these cloud-centric Chromium-based laptops to print, Google had to implement Google Cloud Print for Google Docs. Fortunately, this feature is available to everyone—not just Chrome OS users.

Anyone with a phone that supports HTML 5 (Android 2.1+ and iOS 3+) can instantly and easily print Google Docs from their phone via the cloud. It’s a snap, and today I’ll show you how-to do it using both a groovy screencast video and our standard step-by-step instructions!  Let jump right into printing Google Docs via an iPhone.

How To Setup a Printer to use the Google Cloud Print and Setup an iPhone to Print to it!

Connect a Local Printer to Google Cloud Print.

Step 1

Launch Google Chrome and Click the Wrench icon in the top-right.

Google Cloud Print

Step 2

Click the Under the Hood tab.

Step 3

Scroll down to Google Cloud Print and Click Sign in to Google Cloud Print.

Google Cloud Print

Step 4

Log in with your Google Account credentials.

Print Google Docs from iPhone

Step 5

Print Google Docs from iPhone

That’s it! Now, all of the printers connected to your computer will be accessible via Google Docs Mobile.

Printing from Google Docs Mobile

Step 1

Navigate to Google Docs Mobile (m.google.com/docs) using an HTML5 compatible mobile browser.  Now, open the Google Doc you would like to print.

Google Docs on the iphone

Step 2

Touch the Arrows in the top-right corner and Touch Print.

Print Google Docs from iPhone

Step 3

Touch a printer and then touch Print.

Print Google Docs from iPhone

Your document will now print from the connected local printer. If your printer is currently offline, the document will wait in your Google Cloud Print queue until you connect your printer.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a very groovy feature—and because it’s all HTML5/Chrome-based, you don’t need to go out and buy a new printer.  Granted, iOS now supports AirPrint, but not all printers support AirPrint. Google Doc’s Cloud Print lets you print documents in all their glory.

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One Response to How to Print from Google Docs Mobile Using your iPhone or Android Phone

  1. Sam August 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Would love to see this work. I’ve spent almost 3 hours and the pdf file prints out only as a thumbnail!

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