When smartphones first began to gain popularity, the prospect of printing something from them seemed like a pipe dream. The printer was already quite difficult to work on a computer, and it seemed unlikely that it would be able to work on a phone. But now we can print from Google Docs on our iPhone or Android device, and it’s surprisingly affordable.
Most modern printers have some sort of network compatibility, which means devices on the same network as the printer can use that printer if they can.
Mobile phones, but those using iOS and Android operating systems, can now print wirelessly to printers that support it. In addition, most of the applications from which you would like to print, such as creative and productivity applications, usually support some printing functionality.
The guide below shows you how to type through the Google Docs app on your iPhone or Android phone, and we’ll cover some of the common problems you might encounter if you can’t get it to work.
How to print from the Google Docs mobile app
- Open Documents.
- Select a document.
- Tap three dots.
- Select Share & Export.
- Select Print.
- Tap Select Printer.
- Selected a printer.
- Tap Print.
Our guide continues below with more information on printing from the Google Docs app, including images of these steps.
How to Print from Google Docs to iPhone (Guide with Images)
The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 11 running iOS 14.6. These steps will also work on other iPhone models using the same iOS version, as well as most other iOS versions. I am using the most recent version of the Google Docs app available at the time of this writing.
Step 1. Open the Documents app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select the document you want to print.
Step 3. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Select the Share and Export option.
Step 5: Select Print.
Step 6: Tap the “Select Printer” option.
Step 7: Select your printer.
Step 8: Click “Print” in the upper right corner of the screen.
Our article continues below with information on how to print from your Android device.
How to Print from Google Docs on Android (Image Guide)
The steps in this section were performed on a Google Pixel 4A using Android 11. I’m using the most recent version of the Docs app available at the time of this writing.
Step 1. Swipe up from the center of the screen.
Step 2. Tap the Documents icon.
Step 3: Select the document you want to print from Google Drive.
Step 4: Tap the three vertical dots at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Select the Share and Export option from the menu on the right side of the screen.
Step 6: Select “Print” from the list of exchange options.
Step 7. Tap the “Select Printer” drop-down list at the top of the screen.
Step 8: Select the desired printer from the list of print options.
Step 9: Tap the Print icon.
Our article continues below with more information on printing from Google Docs.
Why isn’t my printer listed?
Trying to fix printing problems can be challenging as printers are notoriously difficult to work with. If you combine this with the fact that you are printing from a mobile device, then there is a good chance that something will not work as expected.
The first thing to check when trying to print is that your mobile device is connected to the same wireless network as the printer. If your iPhone or Android device is not connected to Wi-Fi, you probably won’t see your printer.
The second consideration is that the printer might not be turned on. Many modern printers turn off if they have not been used for a while. If you don’t see the printer, but you know it should be there, try turning the printer off and on again (turning it off and on again), then wait a few minutes to see if it appears in the list of printers on your mobile device.
The last option to check is if the printer is AirPrint compatible. Since you cannot install print drivers on your mobile device, your printer will use AirPrint to communicate with your phone. However, not all printers have this feature. In addition, not all printers are network compatible. If your printer is not connected to your local network either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable, you probably won’t be able to communicate with the printer through your smartphone.
How to print from Google Docs on a laptop or desktop computer
Printing a Google Docs document from your computer using a web browser is the same as printing other documents. I’m going to follow the steps below in a Chrome browser, but you can also use a different browser like Firefox, Edge, or Safari.
Step 1. Go to https://docs.google.com and open your document.
Step 2: Select File in the upper left corner of the window.
Step 3: Select the “Print” option at the bottom of the menu.
Step 4. Adjust the print settings as needed, then click the blue Print button.
Learn more about printing from Google Docs on iPhone or Android
The number of options you can configure when printing from your iPhone or Android device is quite large.
With the Printer Options menu open on your iPhone, you can specify the number of copies you want to print, as well as the range if you want to print duplex and if you want to print in black. and white or colored. You can change other document settings from the Page Setup menu, accessible from the menu where you selected the Share and Export option.
There are more print options on Android, although you may have trouble finding them at first. After you select the Print option from the Share & Export menu and then select your printer, a small downward arrow will appear at the top. If you click this arrow, you will be presented with the following options:
- Paper size
- More options
If you choose advanced options, you will be given the option to install additional device services or manage existing services.