How Does Google Cloud Print Work?

In the world of Google Cloud Print, you can print anything, from any device, to any cloud-connected printer.

When you print through Google Cloud Print, your file is securely sent to your printer over the web. Because it’s the web, Google Cloud Print works whether you’re in the same room as your printer, or on another continent. It also doesn’t matter whether you’re on a phone, a traditional desktop, or anything in between (like a tablet).

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Why Google Cloud Print?

As we’ve moved towards ever more powerful cloud-based applications and web-connected mobile devices, we’ve come to expect the same capabilities from them that we’ve taken for granted on our PCs. For many, printing is near the top of that list.


With Cloud Ready printers, the Google Cloud Print experience is ready right out of the box. Cloud Ready printers register themselves directly with the Google Cloud Print service over your home or office’s wireless network, so they’re always available. And because they’re always connected to the web, they can keep their drivers and firmware up to date without requiring your intervention. Google Cloud Print also works with conventional non-cloud printers, so you can get started today with any printer you already own.


Google Cloud Print takes the security of your files very seriously. Documents are transferred over a secure HTTPS web connection. After a job is completed, the associated document is deleted from our servers. In addition, you can delete jobs and their history at any time through the Google Cloud Print management page. To learn more about how Google Cloud Print ensures your privacy, see here.

For Friends Too

Google Cloud Print allows you to share printers with friends, family, or coworkers as easily as you would share a Google Doc file - perfect for visiting guests looking to print a flight boarding pass. From the Google Cloud Print management page, it only takes a single click to share printers that you own with trusted individuals. You can also track print jobs on your shared printers, and modify or revoke sharing rights at any time. To learn more about sharing printers, see here.

Chromebook Ready

Google Cloud Print is the standard printing technology used by ChromeOS on Chromebooks. Your Chromebook and the web live hand in hand and, for that reason, it didn’t feel right tying you down with local printer software. If you own a Chromebook, you can print any web page directly by hitting Ctrl + P, or you can print from within your web apps by looking for the “Print with Google Cloud Print” button - just make sure you’ve set up a printer first.

Enterprise Ready

Google Cloud Print is used internally by Google on over a thousand printers. It can scale to meet your organization’s needs, and can either complement or replace your existing printing infrastructure. Google Cloud Print makes life easier for both system administrators and users.

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