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Print from any smartphone for free with Google Cloud Print

Last year, Google announced Cloud Print in Beta, allowing users to print “from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install any software.” Last month, Google added more beta users and recently announced a wider beta launch rolling out over the next few days.

By opening a Google doc, Gmail message, PDF, .doc or several other attachments and you can choose “Print” from the dropdown menu in the top right corner.

Now, you can print that contract while sitting in traffic or that blog article you want to read later because you are having a hard time focusing while on the treadmill. You can say to a client, “I’ll get the comps printed up for you” while on a tour and have them printing as you speak, waiting at the office for your return.

Smartphones are getting smarter thanks to Google! If your phone supports HTML5 (Android 2.1 and iOS 3 and newer), all you have to do is connect your printer to Google Cloud Print (PC for now, Mac coming soon) and you’ll have a print option from your smartphone. How cool is that!?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Ralph Bell

    January 31, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Another great tip Lani! I just set it up to print in my office and at home.

    • Lani Rosales

      January 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      We just set up ours too, let us know how YOUR adventure goes, Ralph!

  2. Eric Woodhams

    February 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Sounds great!……Sadly it is NOT yet activated for the UK market/region. 🙁

    • Lani Rosales

      February 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      That is the saddest thing I’ve heard all day. 🙁

  3. MH for Movoto

    February 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I LOVE this! It’s something i’ve always hoped would eventually be doable.

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