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Print attachments in Gmail

How to use the Gmail app to print attachments with a few taps

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We live in a super-connected world where all of our devices talk to each other. While there can be no denying that this has made things infinitely more convenient, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get all the devices talking in the right language.
This tutorial will walk you through how to print attachments directly from your Gmail app.

You’ll need the right sort of printer for it to work, and you’ll need to install a new app to make sure your phone can actually talk to it, but other than that the whole process is pretty straightforward. In addition to being able to print out a physical copy of your attachments, you can also save them as PDFs, either as a hard copy or to your Google Drive. In terms of equipment, you’ll need your phone, you’ll need a printer that’s connected to the internet over a wireless network, and that’s it.

So all that’s left is for you to load up your Gmail app, find the attachment you want to print and then you’re ready to get going.

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    Find the file

    When you’ve located the email with the attachment that you want to print, tap on the Menu button. This will bring up a list of options. You want to look for the one that says Print. It should be about two-thirds of the way down the list. Simply tap it to continue.

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    Google Cloud Print

    This is the screen you’ll be promptly greeted with. The drop-down box at the top shows you all of the printing choices that are available to you. However, if you are yet to set up a printer, you’ll only be able to export the file as a PDF or add it to your Google Drive.

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    Add your printer

    Tap on the All Printers option in the menu and you’ll see a list of the printers that you can choose from. If you want to add a new printer to the list, you need to tap on the + button in the top right-hand corner. You’ve got two options here –
    Cloud Print and Add Service.

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    Make your choice

    If you tap Add Service you’ll be taken to the Play Store and shown the various first-party printing apps that allow you to print wirelessly. Going for the Cloud Print option is much easier, though. Tap on that and your phone should automatically find any wireless printers that are nearby.

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    Print your file

    The printer you’ve just added should now be in the drop-down menu on the printing page. You can tweak how you want the file to print with the settings on display. When you’re ready to go, just tap on Print and your file should be sent to the printer to do its thing.

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    Print wherever you are

    The best thing about using Google Cloud Print is that you don’t need to be on the same wireless network as your printer for it to work. So long as the printer can connect to the service, you can send files to it through the cloud from wherever you are. Magic!

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