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Published On: Tue, Mar 26th, 2013

How to configure Android phone for mobile printing ?

Smartphone’s are continuously evolving, and as consumers we consistently demand more functions which we feel we can no longer live without. One such function is mobile printing, or, more precisely, being able to print from your Android phone. This is an area which is gaining more recognition as software developer’s step up to the plate in order to deliver systems which cater to the needs of the average Android user.

How to Print From Android Phone ?

Some of the companies which seem to stand out in the mobile printing arena are ‘Mobile Dynamix’ with their PrinterShare app, as well as Google’s Cloud Print and Epson’s iPrint.

Configuration

With all of the apps, you will have to enable your printer to be shared as well as registering with the respective providers.
You will need to ensure that the printer you intend to use is set up to print documents. In order to do this you will need to go to the start tab on your screen and then go to the ‘devices and printers’ option and here you will see which printer is connected to your  computer.
If all is as it should be, you will be able to take advantage of mobile printing as soon as you have completed a few steps.
You now need to source an app from the Android market such as PrinterShare or PrintBot. These are free applications which can be used on your Android phone. However before you can do this, the desktop version will need to be downloaded to your computer direct from the company’s website.

Connecting to the printer

After you have followed the instructions and the download has completed, you will then see a ‘mobile print’ icon on your desktop. You will then need to double click on the icon which will then launch the application. This action will connect your computer to the server of the software company.

This is the time when you will be prompted to register an account and subsequently a username and password. After you have entered all the information, you will then complete the action by pressing the ‘create account’ button.

The desktop application will scan your computer and locate the printer which you intend to use for printing with your Android device. You then have to add the name of this printer so the software can identify that this is your default device. Then press the ‘save changes’ button.

This next step is where you need to download the mobile print apps from the Android Market to your Android device. Once you have downloaded the software, you then need to follow the installation instructions which will appear. You will then need to select the menu after which you will see the mobile print icon and you will be prompted to log into your user account.  This is quite straightforward as these will be the same details that you used to register with your desktop.

You will be asked to input the name of the printer that you wish to use to print from your Android phone.
Once this is done, all you need to do now is select what you want to print from your phone. You can print a picture for example simply by going to your picture library and selecting a picture. Then from here you have to adjust the size and press print. Most applications will also allow for a print preview much like a conventional printer set up.

There are other great features on some of the print apps such as Print Contacts. Many will find this particularly useful as it also allows you to print the photo of the contact as well as the name and number.
All of the Android devices and app combinations will vary in the speed of printing but most are reasonably adequate.

What’s clear is that mobile printing is certainly here to stay!

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This article is written by Nigel Platter is a technical advisor for PrinterInks. Whether you’re looking for Dell, Kodak, Brother, or Epson, you can find a wide range of leading brand ink cartridges from PrinterInks.

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