How to print photos, web pages, or documents in Android 4.4 KitKat


Google finally added native printing in Android 4.4 KitKat. At first thought, you might not think you have much use for it, but it’s actually quite convenient. Lets say you just came home from an outing in which you took some pictures. You can easily send a few shots right to your printer. The same goes for web pages. Now you can quickly print stuff that you find on the web such as recipes. Out of the box, you can use the printing feature with Drive, Chrome, and the Gallery. You can expect a lot more apps soon because developers can easily add the feature.

You can use any HP wireless printer or any printer that you have setup through Google’s Cloud Print service. Under settings, tap on Printing to see both the Cloud Print Service and HP Print Service Plugin. Under each, you will see what printers your device found. If you don’t have anything for Cloud Print, you can set one up here. As to the HP Print Service Plugin, you don’t have to do a thing other than make sure you are on the same Wi-Fi network as your HP wireless printer(s).

Now it’s a matter of choosing the print option within the different apps and selecting the paper size, quanity, etc. You even have the option of saving your document to a PDF file. Check out my video below showing you how easy it is to do. Also, be sure to check out our other KitKat guides.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Joseph

    Can you also print Word and PDF files directly from apps like Polaris?

  • pallu

    Useless for Laserjet 1012 connected through LPR

    • 2hot

      Also useless for Laserjet 1012 connected through USB using 3055 PLC driver on windows 7 x64

  • Fenix

    Printing from Word can be seen here, it’s Android KitKat running in an Android tv box

  • Bruce

    To print from an android phone to a wireless printer 3 feet away, you have to send the word document to Google cloud, somehow receive it back to your phone, and send it to the computerless wifi printer? Sounds quite archaic!!!

  • Bharat Gupta

    I have installed HP Print Service Plugin from play store in my android Kitkat device and my hp printer is listed in print dialog box. But when i select my printer from the list all the setting options like copies, paper size, color, portrait , pages and print button get disabled. How can i fix this? Thanks