Google has updated its Gmail app for iPhone and iPad. The free, universal app has many swell features, but my concern is with Google Cloud Print. This setup lets me print email directly from my iPhone without the benefit of an AirPrint-capable printer. Here’s how to set it up.
Google Cloud Print
Google’s Cloud Print service connects your printer to the web. Once set up, you can send a print job over the Internet, no matter where you are. You can even give access to others, like co-workers or family. It works very well.
Google recommends you use a “Cloud Ready” printer, but in my experience that’s not necessary. All you need is a Google account and a few minutes setup time. Google’s process walks you through the super-simple process expertly.
Gmail for iPhone
Version 2.0 of this app offers easy access to your Cloud Print printer(s). Here’s where to find it.
- Open a message in Gmail for iPhone.
- Tap the black disclosure triangle in the upper right.
- A slip of icons appears. Tap Print.
- The Google Cloud Print screen appears. Tap the Cloud Print printer you set up.
- The confirmation screen appears. Tap Print and giggle like a schoolgirl as your print job begins.
I don’t own an AirPrint printer, so I’m always looking for inexpensive alternatives. While this one’s restricted to Gmail, [1. To expand your options beyond Gmail, read my tutorial on printing from iOS with IFTTT, Dropbox and Automator.] it does its job very well. And it’s free! Try it out.