How to Add a Printer with Google Cloud Print

What is Google Cloud Print?

Google Cloud Print connects your home and work printers to the web. You can print to it from anywhere, using any internet-connected device, including PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, phones, or tablets.

Set up your printer with Google Cloud Print

To print over Wi-Fi from your computer, you can connect your printer to Google Cloud Print.

You’ll need:

Step 1: Connect to Wi-Fi

  1. Turn on your printer.
  2. Connect it to your Wi-Fi network. If you’re not sure how, follow your printer manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Turn on your computer.
  4. Connect your computer to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer.

Step 2: Determine if your printer is cloud-ready

Go to the cloud-ready printers page and search for your printer manufacturer and model.

  • If your printer name has “v2” next to it, your printer is cloud-ready (version 2.0).
  • Your printer is also cloud ready with an earlier version of Google Cloud Printing if it’s listed but doesn’t have “v2” after its name
  • If your printer is not listed, it is not cloud-ready. However, if it can connect to Wi-Fi, you can set it up with Google Cloud Print.

Step 3: Connect your printer to Google Cloud Print

Important: To add a printer that’s not cloud-ready, you’ll need to do the set up on PC or Mac computer. You can’t use a Chrome device.

  1. On your PC or Mac, find your system settings, then go to the printing section.
  2. Add your printer to your computer. If you need help, refer to the Mac or Windows help site.
  3. Open Chrome.
  4. Type chrome://devices and press Enter. Chrome search bar with chrome://devices typed in
  5. Under Classic Printers click Add printers.Add Classic Printer in Google Cloud Print
  6. In the Printers to register section, select the printer you want to share, then click Add printer(s).
  7. To check if your printer was added, click Manage your printers.

Tip: Share the printer so you can use it from a Chrome device or let other people print from it. 

  1. Open Chrome .
  2. Type chrome://devices and press Enter.
  3. Find your printer under New devices.
  4. Next to your printer, click Manage.
  5. Confirm registration box will appear. Click Register.
  6. On your printer screen, follow the steps to finish registering. You might have to press a button that says Register or OK.
  7. To check if your printer is registered, on your computer, go to google.com/cloudprint and click Printers.

Tip: Share the printer so you can use it from a Chrome device or let other people print from it.

  1. Open the Cloud-ready printers page on your Chrome device.
  2. Choose your printer manufacturer.
  3. At the bottom of the section, click the link to go to your manufacturer’s help website.
  4. Follow your manufacturer’s steps to set up your printer.
Next, learn how to Print with Google Cloud Print.
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