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How to Print Text Messages on Android

You can permanently save your texts, but sometime you may need to print them out. Here’s how to print text messages on Android.

Sometimes you might need to print out your text messages. Of course, you can save them to your phone or back up to Google Drive. However, there may be a time when you need a hard copy.

For example, you might need a printed copy of text messages for legal or medical reasons. Whether you have a wireless printer that connects to your Wi-Fi network, or an older printer attached by a cable, you can print out texts.

You can’t print a text directly from the Messages app, but with this helpful workaround, you’ll learn how to print text messages on Android.

Print Text Messages on Android

Note: Each version of Android looks and acts differently. We’re showing the steps on a OnePlus phone running Android 11. So, keep in mind the steps will vary, but the idea is the same.

To print texts on Android, use the following steps:

  1. Open your Messages app and take a screenshot of the text message you need.Print Text Messages on Android
  2. Open the Gallery, find the screenshot you took (annotate if required), and tap the Share button.Print Text Messages on Android
  3. When the Share screen opens, tap the Print icon.Print Text Messages on Android
  4. Tap the dropdown menu and choose your printer. If you haven’t set it up yet, tap All printers and continue with the following steps.Print Text Messages on Android
  5. Android will start looking for an available printer. If it doesn’t find the printer, you’ll need to get the Android app for your printer brand — tap Add Printer.Print Text Messages on Android
  6. When it discovers your printer, tap your printer’s brand; in our example, it’s Canon.Print Text Messages on Android
  7. The Google Play Store will open so you can install the appropriate software for your printer – tap Install.Print Text Messages on Android
  8. You’ll be brought back to the print page, where you need to print the text screenshot. Select your printer from the available options.Print Text Messages on Android
  9. After selecting your printer, tap the Print button in the top-right corner.Print Text Messages on Android
  10. If your printer pops up a notification, tap the OK button.Canon services

The screenshot of your text messages will print out on your printer, and you can use the hardcopy for what you need them for.

Print Texts to a Basic Printer

If you don’t have a Wi-Fi printer but you do have one connected to your computer, you can use it to print text messages on Android.

To print texts on a wired printer, do the following:

  1. Take a screenshot of the texts you want to print out.
  2. Open the Gallery, find and tap the screenshot you just took, and tap the Share button.Share button
  3. When the Share list appears, select Gmail or another email client you prefer.share screen app
  4. Email the screenshot of your text messages. Open it on the computer with your attached printer and print them out. For example, we’re printing the text messages from the Photos app on Windows 10.print text messaged old school

Print Text Messages on Android

While there isn’t a way to print texts directly from the Messages app, these workarounds get you precisely what you need. It requires a few extra steps, but it’s a straightforward process.

For more on traditional printing, read how to share a printer on Windows 11 or fix a printer driver is unavailable error on Windows 11.

If you’re on an iPhone, check out how to print text messages on your iPhone.

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