Connecting your Android phone to a wireless printer allows you to print documents, photos and more directly from your device. Setting up wireless printing can be quick and straightforward by following a few simple steps.
What You’ll Need
Before getting started, make sure you have the following:
- An Android phone or tablet running Android 5.0 or later
- A wireless printer connected to your local Wi-Fi network
- The wireless printer’s SSID (network name) and password
- The manufacturer’s printing app installed on your Android device (if required)
Checking that you have everything needed will make the setup process faster.
Enable Wireless Printing on the Printer
The first step is to get your printer ready for wireless printing.
Connect the Printer to Your Wi-Fi
Refer to your printer manufacturer’s instructions to connect the wireless printer to your local Wi-Fi network. The printer cannot print wirelessly if it’s not linked to the same network as your Android device.
Once connected, your printer should display wireless connection status, including the network SSID it is linked to. Make a note of this SSID as you will need it for the next step.
Install Mobile Printing Apps
Many printer manufacturers provide their own mobile printing apps for Android. Look for your printer manufacturer’s app in the Google Play store and install it if available.
Mobile printing apps allow you to locate printers, manage print jobs, access printer settings, and print from anywhere. Installing an app can streamline wireless printing.
If your printer does not have its own dedicated app, don’t worry. You can still connect using standard Android settings.
Connect Android Device to Printer’s Network
Next, you need to connect your Android phone or tablet to the same wireless network as the printer.
Connect to Printer’s Wi-Fi Network
In your device’s Wi-Fi settings, look for the network name (SSID) your printer is connected to. Select that network and enter the correct Wi-Fi password if required.
Connecting your device to the printer’s Wi-Fi links them directly without having to connect them one at a time to your main network.
Connect to Main Wi-Fi Instead
Alternatively, connect your phone and printer to the same main Wi-Fi network, such as your home or office Wi-Fi.
As long as they are both linked to the local network, your devices will be able to communicate wirelessly even if the printer has a separate Wi-Fi name.
Add Printer to Android Device
With your phone and printer both connected to a shared network, you can now add the wireless printer to your Android OS.
Open Print Settings
Go to Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences > Printing on your Android device.
Tap the option to Add service and select your printer manufacturer from the list. If your printer brand is not listed, choose Add printer > Add new printer.
Find Nearby Printers
Your Android device will automatically search the network for all detected printers. It should locate your wireless printer and display it. Select the correct printer to add it.
If prompted, confirm the name and model to verify it is pairing with the correct device. Your phone or tablet may install extra print drivers at this stage.
Some printers also require you to enter the exact model name or IP address manually. Refer to the printer’s display or setup instructions if you’re not sure of this information.
Print From Android Device to Wireless Printer
Once fully set up, you’re now ready to print directly from apps and services on your Android device.
Open Content You Want to Print
Navigate to the file, photo, webpage or document you want to print from your Android device.
Check that the content displays correctly before printing as this is how it will print out from the wireless printer.
Select Print Option
Open your Android device’s share menu from within the app and select the Print option. If using a browser, press the menu button and hit Print.
On some Samsung Galaxy devices, there is a dedicated Print option in the apps menu represented by a printer icon.
Choose Wireless Printer
You may be presented with a print services pop-up to let you locate available printers and configure settings like page size and orientation.
Locate your Wi-Fi connected printer from the list and select it. Wireless printers usually display a small Wi-Fi or wireless icon next to them.
Confirm and Print
If needed, alter simple settings like numbers of copies before confirming the print job. Press print and your wireless printer will now start receiving and printing the content directly from your Android OS.
Setting up wireless printing between an Android device and printer is straightforward but requires a few key steps:
- Connect the wireless printer to the local Wi-Fi network
- Install any manufacturer printing apps for easier setup
- Connect Android device to the same Wi-Fi network as the printer
- Add the printer within Android’s print settings and setup
- Select the wireless printer when printing content from Android apps and services
Following this process enables direct printing from any compatible apps without needing wires or cables.
Most wireless printers can connect to multiple devices simultaneously and handle print jobs queued from different users and devices at the same time.
With more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity and intuitive apps, wireless printing from phones and tablets has never been easier.
Connecting Android to a compatible wireless printer takes minutes but enables the ultimate in printing freedom and flexibility – releasing you from desktop environments and cables.
As long as your devices are linked to the same local network, you can print what you need, when you need, wherever you need – with just a couple of taps on your mobile device.
- What types of files and documents can I print from my Android device?
You can print photos, PDFs, emails, web pages, documents like Word and Excel files, and more depending on the apps you have installed that support printing.
- Do I need to download printer-specific apps for wireless printing?
Having your printer manufacturer’s dedicated app simplifies setup but is not always essential. Some printers work with standard Android settings.
- How do I check printer ink levels from my phone?
If your printer has its own app, this usually provides monitoring and alerts for ink levels, paper jams, connectivity issues, etc.
- Can I print from Android to printer without Wi-Fi?
Yes, some wireless printers support direct Wi-Fi Direct connections to mobile devices without needing a local Wi-Fi network, but setup can be more complex.
- Why can’t my Android device find the wireless printer?
The main reasons are – the printer is not connected to the network, your device is not on the same Wi-Fi network as the printer, or the printer does not have wireless/Wi-Fi enabled or configured.
- What does it mean if my printer supports Mopria Print Service?
Mopria is a standard certification system for mobile printing. Any printer supporting Mopria can be set up for wireless printing more easily with Android devices.
- Can I print documents when away from my home wireless network?
Yes, your Android device will remember previously configured printers regardless of network. However, you can only print to printers within range so won’t be able to print remotely.
- Is wireless printing from my Android tablet the same process?
Yes, the connection steps are identical. As long as your tablet is running Android 5.0 or later, the OS supports native printing.
- Why do some documents not print properly?
Issues like incorrect fonts, symbols, warped images, or data falling out of margins usually indicate a printer driver issue. Try downloading an updated driver from the printer manufacturer.
- How do I share a wireless printer between my tablet and smartphone?
When setting up the printer connection, select the option for making it ‘public’ or usable by all devices so that it stores your Wi-Fi password. This will allow your other devices to detect the printer.
- Can I print PDF files and documents without Wi-Fi or mobile data?
Yes. Apps like Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office allow you to directly transmit documents to printers via mobile hotspots, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth or NFC without needing internet connectivity.
- How can I diagnose wireless printing problems from Android?
- Double check Wi-Fi settings on both devices to ensure they match
- Try rebooting the printer and phone
- Manually add the printer using its IP address instead of autodiscovery
- Check for printer firmware and Android OS updates
- Temporarily disable security like firewalls during setup
- Seek assistance from device manufacturers for device-specific issues.