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February 17, 2014

Here's how to print directly to a Wi-Fi printer, or a remote printer using Google Cloud Pr...

Here's how to print directly to a Wi-Fi printer, or a remote printer using Google Cloud Print, from a Kindle Fire HD or HDX

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If you own a Kindle Fire HD or HDX there might be some times when you’ll want to print an email, document, or web article from it. You can print directly to modern Wi-Fi printers. And since the Kindle Fire runs on Android, it’s easy to set it up to use Google Cloud Print and remotely print to virtually any printer that’s connected to the web.

Printing directly over Wi-Fi

You should have no problem directly printing to most new wireless printers.Your Kindle Fire will recognize it on your Wi-Fi network, then it will ask you to install an app or plugin for the respective printer's brand. In this example, I'm going to print an email from my Kindle Fire HDX to my Canon MX922 that's connected with my home network via Wi-Fi.

Each app that supports printing will have its own print button

The first time you print from an app, the printer(s) on your network will be displayed. Then you'll be prompted to install the manufacturer's plugin or app. Install it and you'll be good to go for printing directly to your Wi-Fi printer.

You'll need to install your printer manufacturer's plugin the first time

Using Google Cloud Print

The great thing about the Google Cloud Print service is you can use older printers and remotely print from any device to the printers in your cloud list.

Adding printers is easy. If you don't have any set up yet, check out our article on how to set up and use Google Cloud Print. It's a step-by-step guide to get you all set up.

After your printers are set up, download the free app called Cloud Print from Amazon's Appstore. Though still in beta, and not officially supported by Google, it's the best app available for connecting to Google Cloud Print and managing your printers. It's also easy to use it when printing from other applications on the Fire HD or HDX. To set up the app, you'll need to log in to your Google account and give it permission to access your printers.

The Cloud Print app will need access to your printers

Then you'll need to select a default printer. Not only are the physical printers listed, but there's an option to save a document to Google Drive as a PDF. This is a good solution if you want to save the document and share it or print it out later. At the time of writing, Cloud Print is promising the ability to link your other cloud storage services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and others – perhaps when it leaves beta.

Select the printer you want to make as default

There isn't a universal action for printing from the Kindle Fire, each app has it's own method of printing. So for this example, let's say you want to print webpage from the Silk browser. Tap the menu button on the right and select Share Page from the menu.

To print a webpage start by selecting Share Page

Then from the menu that comes up, tap Cloud Print.

Choose Cloud Print to share a webpage and print it out

When Cloud Print launches, you'll have to choose how you want to print it out. I always use the Download then Print option. The Direct Print option is still in the experimental stage, and you can tell.

For best results, use the first option to download the item and then Print

Next, if you don't want to use the default, you can select a different printer from your list. Or use the option to save to Google Drive as a PDF.

Cloud Print allows you to select any printer you have setup with Google Cloud Print

Then, if you care to adjust them, you have some basic page setup options like page orientation and the number of copies you want.

You can make basic adjustments like orientation, number of copies, and page size

After you have everything set up how you like it, hit the Print Page button and wait while the job is sent and prints out.

Your print job has successfully been sent to your printer

Summing up

Other apps like email or office documents will have a print button within the app interface. While some apps like Pocket or other RSS-style apps will use the Share Page option. Just use the option you're given and follow the same steps as shown above.

The nice thing about having a modern Wi-Fi printer is that there's a good chance of an appropriate app or plugin for it in Amazon's Appstore. In fact, HP and Epson have their own printing apps with some decent options for direct printing. Canon's is just a plugin, a driver if you will, that allows it to work. But if you don't have that luxury, using Google Cloud Print is a good way to go. The other advantage of using Google, of course, is you can send it to virtually any printer in the world with an online connection.

About the Author
Brian Burgess Brian Burgess resides in Minnesota. A technology enthusiast his entire life, he worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. In addition to contributing to Gizmag, he’s the Editor in Chief at groovyPost.com and has written for other notable tech sites Byte, InformationWeek, and How-To Geek. Away from the keyboard, you're likely to find him listening to heavy metal, playing guitar, or watching Star Trek.   All articles by Brian Burgess
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