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How to print from an Android phone or tablet

A person showing how to print from an Android phone using a Canon ImageClass printer
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If you’ve ever wondered how to print from an Android phone or tablet, don’t worry, it’s easier than you might think.

Many people store and edit important documents on the go using their phone nowadays. So if you’re one of those people, it’s really useful to know how to print them out straight from your phone, rather than having to take up time transferring them to your computer. Plus, it’s always nice to be able to print your photos so you can physical copies of them to put on display.

Most apps, such as Google Docs and Photos, offer the ability to print straight from the app. If your printer is Bluetooth enabled, you can connect it to your phone wirelessly and print right away. The same goes for if your printer connects to Wi-Fi. 

How to print from an Android phone or tablet 

1. Open the document you’d like to print. 

A screenshot of a document being selected in Google Drive on Android

(Image credit: Future)

2. Open the menu, and select “Print."

A screenshot of the document menu in Google Drive with "Print" being selected

(Image credit: Future)

This process will be different depending on the device, app, or filetype you’re using. In general, try checking the top corners of the screen for the three lines or three dots to open the menu. 

In Google Docs and Drive, you can print documents by finding the file on the main menu and pressing the three dots next to the file name

In Apple's Photos a[[, swipe up on the photo you’d like to print, and scroll right though the menu until you see the “Print” icon.

3. The print menu will open. You’ll be able to choose the number of copies, select the paper size, and change the orientation of the paper as well as change a few other settings.

A screenshot of the print menu in Google Drive, showing the print settings being set

(Image credit: Future)

4. Select a printer from the drop-down menu. If your printer doesn’t appear in the list, try checking your phone’s Bluetooth settings to make sure you’re connected.

A screenshot of the print menu in Google Drive with the correct printer being selected from the drop-down menu

(Image credit: Future)

5. Select “print.” Your document will be sent to your printer.

If you need more help with your Android device, we have more tutorials available that will help you. Check out how to open Zip files on Android, how to receive Facetime calls on Android, how to sign documents on Android and how to change the keyboard language on Android

Millie Davis-Williams

Millie is a Deals writer at Tom's Guide covering the latest tech news and specializing in deals content and how-to articles about everything from phones, streaming devices and headphones to games and software. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming on her Nintendo Switch and creating digital art.