TabletPrinting

 

Smartphones and Tablets are not just Toys anymore they are having some serious business impact as mobile computing as they can facilitate some serious productivity when it comes to getting work done. To add to this mobile printing is becoming one of the most useful functions you can accomplish with a smartphone or Tablet. In this article iTablets discusses just how you can print from your iPhone, iPad or Android device. 

 

Printing via a Wireless Network

The simplest way of printing from your Android or Apple device is to connect it to your home or work network. Android tablets running 4.4 or higher will have wireless printing built in so it’s just a matter of downloading the App that corresponds to your printer. Most of the major printer manufacturers have free apps on the Google Play store that allow you to wirelessly transmit print jobs. To find the right application check your printers user guide.

On the other hand if you’re Android smartphone or tablet runs anything older than 4.4 fret not you can still print wirelessly but you will need to go through a service like Google Cloud Print, which sends print jobs to your printer-connected home computer. To use Google Cloud Print Google Chrome must be on your home computer and you will have to log into your Google Account and off course your home computer and printer must be connected and turned on at all times.

Printing from an iPhone or iPad requires you to have an AirPrint compatible printer. When the printer and iOS device are connected to the same network, printing is as easy as tapping Print and picking the right printer. If you own an older printer that isn’t AirPrint compatible or you have a non-Apple printer you can still print from your iPad or iPhone. You will just need to download the appropriate manufacturer app on your IOS device to deliver the print job in the same fashion as described as above. If a manufacturer App isn’t available for your iPhone or iPad you can pay for a third-party app like PrintCentral or use Google Cloud Print. Take a look at the various devices that Google Cloud Print supports right here.

 

GoogleCloudPrint

 

Printing from Far Away

Let’s say you’re nowhere near your home network you can still remotely deliver print jobs so they’ll be ready for later. All you need is a signal and the right app. As mentioned Google Cloud Print works with both Android and iOS devices so it can be used to forward print jobs to your home or office printer. In addition with Google Cloud Print you can also save documents or web pages to Google Drive in PDF format this then lets you stockpile documents that you can mass print from your desktop computer whenever you are ready.

If you’re not down with Google there is another option – Dropbox! Which supports the ability to send print jobs to your printer from any mobile phone-Android, Apple, Blackberry and more. It also lets you print anything from documents, to presentations to photos and emails. There’s no need to download any software and it will even work with an n old-school wired printer.

Another good App is Evernote which supports printing documents from iOS mobile devices but at present time offers no support for Android.

 

Email It

Many brand-name printers can accept remote print jobs through a number of ways. In addition to offering free Apps, some can be rigged to automatically print items that are emailed to a specific email address. There’s some configuration off course required but the end result is the ability to fire of an email and have the printed document sitting waiting in your printers feed tray…

 

Printer Security

You have to bear in mind that the document you are sending to your printer wirelessly has the capacity to be intercepted and read so always ensure that your printer is encrypted and has other state of the art security measures to keep your personal information all nice and safe!

We hope this guide has helped you with your mobile printing needs or at least given you an idea what you can use to get printing. Tablets are increasingly being used in Business due to their effective power and ease in mobile computing no longer are you tied to the desk. The fact that you can now print on the move just adds to this computing revolution.