Print from the Nexus 7 via Google Cloud Print

Printing from your Nexus 7 tablet might seem complicated, but it’s actually easy. All you need is a printer, Google Cloud Print, and a free Android app.

Printing from a tablet may seem like a pretty complicated idea, but it really isn’t. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be able to print out your documents from the Google Nexus 7.

Google Cloud Print

First, sign in to Google Cloud Print on your computer, with your Google Account – you’ll need to do this in Google Chrome.

Google Cloud Print

Now, in Chrome’s toolbar, click the menu button and go to Settings.

chrome settings

In the window that comes up, scroll down and click Show advanced settings.

chrome show advanced settings

Now, scroll to Google Cloud Print and click Add printers.

cloud print add printers

You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to add printers connected to the computer to your Cloud Print account. If you have a Cloud Ready printer, this step is not necessary.

Add PRinters Cloud Print

You’ll get a final confirmation message. Now the printer is part of your account and you’ll be able to see it in the list in your Cloud Print account.

cloud print beta printer in account

Google Cloud Print App

Now, on to the next step. Click here to go to the Play Store and install the Cloud Print Android app on your Nexus 7.

cloud print beta android app

Launch the app and you’ll need to choose the account where you have the printer installed and allow some permissions – basically, a couple of clicks. Once that’s done, go to Settings (via the button on the top right side) and make sure you select the printer you’ve installed to your account.

Google Cloud Print settings

Everything should be set up now. I only have to mention that the computer the printer is connected to should be on, with Google Chrome started on it. You can now use the Local or Web buttons to find the file you want to print. They can be from your Nexus 7 or from web services. Currently features like Dropbox are only available for a limited time. After that you need to buy the Pro version of the app.

But back to printing. Once you find the document you need to print, tap yes to verify you want to print it.

Print confirmation Nexus 7

Then select the printer you want to send it to.

Print Nexus 7

The feature worked great when I tested it and, if you have a computer that’s always on at home or at work, it’s a great way to print stuff on the go.

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