Chromebook and printing have historically been a painful relationship. More specifically, users looking for a printer that can be used with Chrome OS and setting up the printer has always been one of the biggest obstacles for Chromebook owners. For many years, this meant finding a printer that supported Google Cloud Print, or setting up a second computer as a Chromebook’s print server. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, if you know what we know) Google Cloud Print will disappear soon. From December 31, 2020, Google’s wireless printing protocol will be phased out, which puts many Chromebook users in a dilemma when looking for viable printing alternatives.
Fortunately, in the past few years, printing on Chrome OS has made great strides. In some cases, setting up a wireless printer and combining it with a Chromebook is actually easier than on other operating systems. Part of the reason is that Chromebooks can access network printers without downloading drivers or installing applications. Today, we will see how easy it is to set up an HP all-in-one printer on a wireless network using only a smartphone. When finished, your Chromebook will automatically see the printer and print without any additional apps, extensions or plug-ins. Watch this video to see how it works.
Set up an HP all-in-one printer for your Chromebook
From start to finish, the whole process takes less than five minutes. Once completed, your HP printer should appear under Available Devices in Chromebook settings. All through the HP Smart application on the phone. You can get it for free from 123.hp.com. If you want to use another computer to set up the printer, there are also Windows and macOS versions of the HP Smart app. Keep in mind that there is currently no full-featured printing solution for Chrome OS. I have tested and used six HP consumer models, and once these models are set up on the wireless network, they work perfectly with Chrome OS. In other words, you may encounter HP printers that cannot work perfectly with the HP Smart application. If you encounter this situation, you can try the HP Print for Chrome extension, which will most likely allow your Chromebook to access wireless printers.
In the video, I used the HP Envy Pro 6455 all-in-one printer, but this method is suitable for budget-friendly 2000 series and HP 3000 series printers. To find your specific printer and the protocols it supports, go to this HP support page. I think you will find that most of the latest models of HP consumer printers can be used with HP Smart or HP Chrome extensions.
If you have a new HP printer, or you recently reset the printer, please install the HP Smart app on your mobile device and make sure your phone is connected to the wi-fi you wish to connect the printer to. Open the HP Smart app, and click “Set up a new printer.” From there, the app will search for all printers that have been set up on the network. Click the “+Add Printer” button and find a new or reset printer. The model may not be exactly the same as your actual printer, but it should be similar because there are many models in the HP device series. For our HP, the app is shown as HP6400. Click on your model, if it is installed, you will be prompted to confirm the wireless network and password. ->
The setup process should take no more than a minute or two. Once completed, you may be prompted to connect to an HP account to obtain information such as HP Instant Ink or other services. You can do this at your discretion, or you can skip this step and use the printer again. Now, when you go to the printer settings on your Chromebook, you should see the new printer you can use. You can click the save button next to the printer and it will now be displayed as an option when you choose to print from the device. Note: If your printer does not appear in the HP Smart app, you may need to put it in setup mode. For information on this, visit the HP website and find the manual for the specific printer. For my $60 HP 2652, I just need to press the wireless button on the control panel and the app will find it.
Hope this quick tutorial can help you get your new printer up and running, and eliminate the fear that may arise due to the disappearance of Google Cloud Print. We found that many printers from Epson, Canon and Brother also work normally on Chrome OS. All you need to do is make sure they are set up on the Chromebook’s wireless network, and then you can see them and print easily. If you are having trouble setting up a particular printer, please add a comment below and we will see if we can help you solve the problem. Cheers.
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