Printing at Home

Unlike traditional Windows or OS X based computer, Chromebooks do not support direct connections to printers. Instead, they use the Google Cloud Print protocol.

There are two ways to get Chromebooks connected to a printer at home.

Setting up a classic printer through the Chrome Browser

A classic printer is connected to Google Cloud Print by sharing the internet connection of a computer that already has the printer installed. Therefore, in order to submit print jobs, the host computer must be on.

Before connecting your classic printer, confirm that you have:
  • Google Chrome installed
  • A print connection already established from a Windows or Mac computer
Then, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector:
  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. In a new tab, open chrome://devices 
  3. You’ll see a list of devices already registered with Google Cloud Print, and new devices available on the network.
  4. Under "Classic printers,” click Add printers.
  5. You'll see a confirmation that Google Cloud Print has been enabled. To learn more, click Manage your printers.