If you’re looking on how to install and use a printer with your Chromebook, you came to the right place. Even though it should be simple, it isn’t and there are a few steps you need to follow. Here it goes!

Before beginning, you should know that you cannot connect the Chromebook to the printer through a USB cable and expect for it to work. You also have to consider that the Chrome OS won’t allow you to install any drivers and that the Chromebooks can’t find other devices through a wireless connection and this is why it won’t find your printer either.

Pretty impossible so far, right? But happily, it isn’t. You will be able to connect your Chromebook to a non-cloud printer through Google Cloud Print – https://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/.

This service will transform your classic printer into an internet-connected and cloud-ready printer.

Special Requirements

To get your printer working with a Chromebook, you need to make sure that your printer is being installed and ready to be used with a computer that works on a different OS than Chrome OS – Mac, Windows, Linux. Make a test print to make sure your printer is ready and if it is, go further. Also, make sure that you have Google Chrome installed on your PC.

How to Cloudify Your Printer

Now, let’s get your printer connected to the cloud:

To connect your printer to the cloud launch Google Chrome and insert the patch chrome://devices and press the return key. Click on Add printers below Classic printers. You will be asked to sign-in with your Google account and after doing so, you will be provided with a list for printers to register; here, click on the Add printer button.

The next message you’ll see will announce you that you have successfully enabled Google Cloud Print on your device.

You can access some more Settings and fight out more from the Manage your printers link.

What To Do When You Don’t have An Available PC

As you probably realized, the extra computer works like an always-on server, also connected to the internet. Here are a few other things you could do:

  • Use a Google Cloud Ready Printer. By doing so, you won’t need a computer to process the action because these printers can connect to the internet themselves;
  • Use a Raspberry Pi. They’re cheap and work as an internet-connected print server that can stay always-on. You can find easily on Amazon;
  • Re-use an older laptop. You can ask around and see if some of your friends or relatives have an older laptop or PC that you could repurpose it as an internet-connected print server. However, the above versions might turn out cheaper as long term solutions.

We hope that this article helped you and that you can now print using your Chromebook. If you feel there’s anything we’ve missed, go ahead and leave us a comment. We’ll fill in that information for you.