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    [GUIDE] Printing Files from Android Tablet or Phone

    So, you want to print! Piece of cake!

    You have a lot of options so you need to choose which 1 or preferably 2, you will use. I'll explain how, and why.

    Google Cloud Print


    The most flexible way to print from an Android tablet, ANY Android tablet, is to use Google Cloud Print. It requires 2 things. You first need an app on your tablet (or phone) called.......Cloud Print, which can be found here. You will also need Google Chrome installed on a computer. Chrome does not need to be running for it to work. Make certain you are signed in to Chrome using the same account you used on your tablet. In Chrome, click on the wrench then settings then advanced at the bottom to set up Cloud Print on your system.

    Go here to set up what will for most be the classic printers and follow the instructions.

    So, what will this accomplish? You will be able to print to nearly all the printers on the system Chrome is installed on, from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Cool huh? But some people have an issue with sending the print job to the cloud first, which is going to happen even if you're setting next to the printer. But it works. The computer Chrome is install on must have access to the printers you want to use, that's all there is to it.

    PrinterShare

    PrinterShare will allow you to print to virtually all of the printers connected to your network when you are in the same location, without going into the cloud first. There is a free version of PrinterShare here, just to make certain it works. You will be able to print test pages to your printer(s) before having to shell out $12.95 for the full feature key, which can be found here. So, you ask, why spend the $12.95? Several reasons, though the big one is that it allows you to print to other people's printers when you are at their home or office. I have used PrinterShare to print to network attached printers at many of my customer's offices. And it works well. PrinterShare will also allow you to print to CloudPrint and has the ability to locate nearby printers, wired, wireless and/or blue tooth. Beyond that, many people have noticed that the included GMail app does not have the SHARE function, so printing cannot be achieved. PrinterShare can access your GMail, Calendar, Contact and Documents (if you grant it permission) to allow it to print to local or cloud printers. For other types of accounts, you are still out of luck because the Email app does not have a share option either. Some other mail clients do have a share option to allow printing if you need it.


    An app very similar to PrinterShare is PrintBot. Found here. It also has a full "Pro" key for only $4.99 and the free version, as with PrinterShare is for testing. Though PrintBot works, it isn't quite as flexible nor does it appear to support as many printers as PrinterShare.


    Alternatives

    Most of the major printer companies have free apps on the Google Store, like Epson, HP, (mostly for printing photos) and others so it pays to do a search on the Store to see if your brand is listed. There is no guarantee that if you have an Epson printer that their printer app will work but since the app is free it's worth a shot. These can be very handy if you have a mulit-function printer as some of these apps will allow you to print as well as scan from your tablet.

    PrinterShare has been on sale several time on the Amazon Stores so you could get lucky. I prefer having 2 options. Cloud Print makes it simple to print to your printers from anywhere you have a connection, but apps like PrinterShare add the ability to print to other printers and if it's a WiFi printer it doesn't even need to be connected to a local computer. Be aware that even PrinterShare will fail to be able to print to some more sophisticated office printers but I have had good luck with it.
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    How to Print from Tab

    How do I print from my 10.1 note , any help

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    Welcome to the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa View Post
    How do I print from my 10.1 note , any help
    Welcome to the forum

    As you have a Note, but posted in the original Tab 10.1 section, I had to move your post, so I have added it to our printing guide thread for you. Leeshor has done a great job of outlining the various options.

    All the best

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    How to print to an epson wireless printer

    hi peeps,
    I used to have a tab1 and I had an a app to enable me to print to my wifi printer (Epson stylus tx550w), and now I have a tab note and I can't think of the printer app I used I can't print from my email, officesuite as both say I have to use Samsung printer!!!.
    I have installed the Epson iprint app and cloud print but neither of them point to my printer..
    does anyone have an idea of an app to use? or how to get the wifi printer recognised on my tab note?

    thanx in advance
    Samsung Galaxy Tab Note 10.1
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    Hi kato

    Our Guides, FAQs & Tips section is a great place to look for this sort of question, and as you can see we have a guide thread that deals with the very subject you are asking about. Hence the move of your post here. I'm sure you'll find your print solution in Leeshor's great guide post.

    All the best

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    Print Server?

    My old Epson printer is not network featured nor wireless. It is connected on the local net via a print server which required each printer to creat a port fot it. The Epson printer plugin didn't work so I'm guessing nothing will allow me to print to it from the Tab 3. Am I correct?

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    Welcome to the forum

    PrinterShare should work so long as the printer is shared and on the same network. If not, then Cloud Print would work. Either will work under the right conditions of the printer being attached to a system that;s on the network and set up as a share.
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