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Connecting a printer to a computer is so old fashioned. If you're going to splatter ink all over a flattened sheet of dead tree like some sort of caveman, you might as well use the internet to do it. Luckily, Google has finally made an official Cloud Print app to help with that.

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There was a third-party app with similar functionality before, but this is the Google-owned version. Cloud Print can connect multiple printers to the web and allow you to print from any supported device. The new app ties into the Android sharing menu so you can print documents from almost any source. It also keeps track of all your print jobs in a single handy queue.

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The Cloud Print app is free, but you'll have to set up your printers. Google has some instructions to get you going.

Update: Looks like the app is region-locked. We've mirrored the APK below.

[Thanks, Julius]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    gotta download fast

  • Mehmet Fatih

    edit: how come it doesnt support my dear Galaxy S2??

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    "If you're going to splatter ink all over a flattened sheet of dead tree like some sort of caveman"

    LOVE this quote - exactly how I feel about printing ;)

    • RyanWhitwam

      I aim to please.

    • mechapathy

      Quote of the year.

    • basteagow

      It made me lol.

    • Casin

      Actually, a cave man would be in the paleolithic or neolithic era and thus lack the technology to create paper. A caveman would carve on stone or bone. Now if it were an ancient noble post-agricultural revolution, it would make sense.

      • Guest

        You must be fun at parties.

        • George Millhouse

          dont hate because he is smarter than you are

          • dead

            he just pasted that from wikipedia

          • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

            thank you for showing your intelligence level

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        Thanks You Captain Obvious, 100,000 Minus One (-1) to you

  • Tony

    The icon is kinda awesome.

    • Spetto

      Indeed!

    • Glenn

      It really is. It looks like a cloud vomiting a piece of paper. Want to download just for that.

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        Good observation now i can never unsee this

    • Casin

      Google should include this as a pre-installed app on Android. Apple has air print baked in. Google should have cloud print baked in.

      • Guest

        NO. Baked apps are much worse, they require latest version of Android, sometimes there is no update process but Android update, and maybe people doesn't want it, let them choose.

        • Jays2Kings

          What are you talking about, most the pre-installed apps get updates via the play store, ie gmail, calander, chrome, and most recently the google keyboard.

          • Guest

            Yes, because Google is changing that, but in some cases the apps are not updated (probably this won't be the case, but nevertheless), but in my case, I would find completely useless to have that app installed, it should be an option of the user to download it.

          • Nasko Hristov

            What app do you mean? Every app that it is preinstalled and it is in the play store is updating. I like the idea of making it stock, but I doubt that.

    • Jays2Kings

      The only thing that doesn't make sense is the fold in the paper, that could jam the printer.

      • PhilNelwyn

        And the rounded corner?

    • Kcls

      Doesn't really follow the Android Guidelines though.

  • Ian

    I will give it a try. I have been using the other Cloud Print app and it has worked fine.

  • Ali

    Not available in Your country

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Mirrors added.

  • Lookatthemonkeys

    Finally! This should have been built into Android a while ago!

  • Awesome

    This is awesome. Universal printing.

    Thank you, Google. I can print from my phone and tablets.

    • Simon Belmont

      Another, ahem, awesome thing is you can print to PDF files. So, for example, if there's a website you want documented, you can use this to print it to a PDF that's stored on your Google Drive.

      Now that's awesome. It's like printing to a PDF in desktop Chrome, but stored in the cloud.

  • Primalxconvoy

    "... There is a third-party app with similar functionality before, but this is the Google-owned version..."

    - So basically, the third party version is probably more polished and not a half baked offering?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Probably, but with ads and uglier :P

    • Matthew Fry

      It's been around for a very long time. I think it's at least 2 years old now. It has worked beautifully. I'm surprised it wasn't just absorbed like chrome to phone was.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Are there a lot of people who find this app unavailable in their countries? Should we mirror the apk?

    • Santiago Fermín

      Yes please, mirror the apk, unavailable here...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Done.

  • a.d.AM

    Welcome to 2009 everyone.

  • http://www.dastardlyreport.com ryaninc

    Even if you don't want to print to physical printers, Cloud Print is still worth setting up and using simply for its ability to "print" documents and webpages to PDFs in Google Drive. So useful.

    • Gorga Naibaho

      Precisely... I will mainly be using this app for that feature.

    • Nasko Hristov

      Also, you can print from A to B around the whole world.

      • Nasko Hristov

        Plus, with the scan option from Google Drive app it is perfect combo.

  • Marat Levit

    Good to see Cloud Print finally being pushed to Android... only issue i have with it right now is that my current HP network printer can only be used if my computer is on; thus making the application sort of worthless.

    Is there a way to make the printer usable even if the computer is off?

    • Brett Warren

      I would also like to know this. I have the same problem with my HP printer as well. Any help would be great.

    • andy_o

      OK, it wasn't gonna be, but since I started writing this turned into kind of a rant.

      HP has its own service, HP ePrint, which up until about a year ago was astoundingly shitty and unreliable. It seemed to be doing a bit better (though I'd already switched entirely to an always-on PC with Chrome's CP server) up until a few months ago, when my printer just disappeared from ePrint and I have to register it again, which I haven't bothered with, because if this hasn't changed, every time you re-register you have to switch the e-mail you associate to it, I don't give a crap anyway anymore.

      I gather your printer doesn't have this option? If it does, you can set up Cloud Print through it, but the catch is that the implementation is idiotic in that Cloud Print just forwards the print to ePrint, so it's just as unreliable (even more, since now you're also at the mercy of CP breaking). The advantage is you don't need the always-on PC.

  • Guest

    From what I can see in the pictures, it uses GMail-old like menus instead of the hamburger :(

  • FirefighterMatt56

    I really wish they would just make it so you didn't have to have an app to print. Just build drivers for android. I guess this is a step in the right direction though... If I could figure out how to add a non cloud printer...

    • Marat Levit

      Building everything into Android will make it very cumbersome. Have a look at iOS updates compared to Android updates. iOS updates are around 800Mb each whereas stock Android is around 150mb. If you want the feature then download the app, otherwise you wont have a bloated phone.

    • mgamerz

      You don't even know printer driver hell my friend. You don't even know.

      • Scott

        I'd be satisfied if we never had to print anything ever again.

  • angel_spain

    I tried yesterday this Google Cloud Print through Google Drive App (Share ---> Drive ---> Cloud Printing) and it's awesome. Set up a printer to print via LAN use to be a nightmare for some of us, so this is like a miracle.

    To add a printer to Cloud Printing, just go to Setting in Chrome, Advanced, Cloud Printing and it will detect prints attached to your computer. Pretty easy.

  • Dan Garcia

    Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but can I not print things from the Gmail app on my phone? I don't see how to get it to print from Gmail.

    • andy_o

      I've been waiting for this every time a new Gmail app comes out, but it never happens. The iOS app has had it for a long long time.

      Anyway, you can print attached files by opening them and then sharing (and then choose this app), but you cannot print the emails themselves.

      • Dan Garcia

        Aw man seriously?? wth.. There are tons of emails that have the information I want to print out IN the email ya know? like movie tickets, confirmations, etc.

        • andy_o

          I feel ya. FWIW I think you can from the web interface, even the mobile one.

          Even when printing attachments, there is an advantage the way iOS/web interface do it, since you don't need to download the document to your phone and then upload again to CP.

          • DrewNusser

            Yep, Chrome definitely has the share option.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    This region lock thing is so... Silly.

    • Nasko Hristov

      In which country is not available?

      • Nikhil Apte

        UAE, for example.

  • Babelac

    No support Vietnamese Market

  • Dwayne Wilkinson

    "The new app ties into the Android sharing menu so you can print documents from almost any source."

    That line right there is the reason why I truly love Android.

  • iamnotfan

    Just like stock keyboard, Google may release more standalone apps rather than porting in to next android version.

  • martyhalpern

    Unless I'm missing something, there is no share or print option in Gmail for Android, so how does one send an email to cloud print?

    • Padunka

      You are not missing anything. In order to print your Gmail email message, you must access Gmail from the Android Chrome browser. I am not sure why this feature is not yet available directly from the Android Gmail app.

  • Firmino

    Nice, works in my galaxy ace! by play store.

  • John Tresidder

    I thought the article was referring to the fact that YOU STILL CAN'T CHOOSE ONLY TO PRINT ONE PAGE of a multi page document!

  • Javier Bastardo

    Thanks for the .apk! Greetings from Venezuela :-). I also like pretty much your sentence about ink on a dead tree.