How to Connect Google Cloud Print to the iPad

by Christina Shaffer
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Google Cloud Print is supported by all printers and allows you to print documents, spreadsheets and emails wirelessly from a variety of iOS devices, including the iPad. As of November 2012, however, the application is compatible with only Gmail, Google Docs and the third-party Print Central Pro app on the iPad. In addition, Google Cloud Print must be configured properly with your preferred classic or Internet-enabled printer prior to printing from the device. If you're experiencing trouble printing from your iPad, make sure the printer is enabled as a Google Cloud Print device.

Printer Setup

Step 1

Launch Google Chrome on your PC.

Step 2

Click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button on the toolbar and select the “Settings” option.

Step 3

Click the “Show advanced settings” link on the Settings page.

Step 4

Scroll to the Google Cloud Print section. Click the “Sign in to Google Cloud Print” button and log in to your Google account. Google Cloud Print locates and enables the printer connected to the PC.

Click the “Finish printer registration” button when the setup completes. To verify that the printer was configured successfully, click the “Manage your printers” link. The name of the printer appears in the list of Google Cloud Print printers.

Test iPad Connection

Step 1

Open Safari on the iPad. Navigate to Google Docs or Gmail and log in to your account. Each service is compatible with Google Cloud Print.

Step 2

Tap on the document you want to print in Google Docs. If you’re using Gmail, tap any email message you want to print.

Step 3

Tap the “double arrow” button on the toolbar and select “Print.” The Google Cloud Print page appears.

Step 4

Tap the name of the printer you configured with Google Cloud Print on the PC.

Tap “Print.” The document or email prints automatically from the printer you selected.


Photo Credits

  • George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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