Are you looking for easy workarounds to print documents and images residing on your Samsung Tablet? Well, you are in pretty good company as this article has 6 different ways in which you can print using your Samsung tablet.
Most individuals fail to take full advantage of a Samsung Tablet’s printing capabilities. When one plan fails, usually the wireless printing setup, they give up altogether and start scavenging the internet for other wired and wireless solutions.
However, Samsung is pretty generous when wireless printing capabilities of a tablet are concerned and allows you to make use of Bluetooth, proprietary software solutions, and even several compatible applications. These options allow you to take out prints without having to lose your sleep over them.
In the subsequent sections, we shall talk about the best printing options relevant to the Samsung Tablet, via step-pronged guides and diagrammatic representations, if and when possible.
Different Methods Explained
Getting prints from your Samsung Tablet is easier than what you make it to be. Here are the methods that you can follow:
1. Setting up Wi-Fi Printing
Using the home or office-bound wireless network to connect with the printer is arguably the commonest way of getting started. However, you cannot get the prints unless you set up the desired printer by tapping into the resources, already available within the tablet.
Plus, you need to configure the wireless printer according to your network. Not just that, if you have plans on using the Android OS associated with the tablet for interacting directly with the printer, the iron-clad configuration strategies need to be brought in.
Step 1: Configuring the Printer
Set up the printer by placing it closer to the wireless router. You can even connect it to the mobile network on the tablet, provided it comes with LTE support.
Most modern printing solutions readily connect to the Wi-Fi network, courtesy of the integrated wireless capabilities. Once you turn on the printer, you can readily tap onto the connection name, as displayed on the menu system.
Or, you can also switch on the printer WPS followed by the router WPS to set up an automatic connection.
The last resort is to configure the same via the computer, provided your dated printer doesn’t have a visual panel.
Step 2: Setting up the Tablet
Once the printer is configured, you can turn it on as per your preferences to get the prints. However, you must also add the Samsung Tablet to the same wireless network for this method to work.
The first hack here is to head over to the ‘Settings’ tab in the tablet’s app drawer and activate ‘Wi-Fi’. From the list of connections, you need to select the one that adheres to your router.
Step 3: Downloading the Plugin
Next, you must head over to the settings tab and click on ‘More Connections’ and select ‘Printing’ from the list. Once you head to the Printing tab, you will come across a default printing option and a tab asking you to download a plugin.
This is the point where you can download the tablet plugin for the concerned printer by heading straight to the play store. If you cannot find the desired plugin, install the one that reads ‘Samsung Print Service’.
Step 4: Add and Connect the Printer
Once the plugin is added, you need to head back to the printing menu and click on the desired manufacturer’s plugin to add the printer. Tapping on the installed plugin allows you to select the printer that is to be connected.
For leveraging the wireless network, it is better to pair the printer via the IP address. However, in most cases, the IP is detected automatically, making pairing easier than ever.
Step 5: Taking out the Prints
Once the printer is paired with the tablet, you simply need to head over to the image or document that requires printing. When at the file, click on the right-adhering menu and tap on the Print option. Upon clicking, you are prompted to select the printer, confirm the size and orientation, and click on the yellow icon to proceed.
2. Setting up Bluetooth Printing
If you are still not interested in getting a router, wireless printer, or even a home-bound internet connection, using the Bluetooth functionality can also help you get prints from the Samsung tablet.
Step 1: Enable Bluetooth
Sounds obvious, right! Well, it still needs to be done as you should start by enabling tablet Bluetooth by heading straight to the home screen and accessing the notification panel.
Once you turn on the Bluetooth, the tablet starts scanning for the gadgets available nearby. As a tip, you must make the tablet visible for the Bluetooth-enabled printer to pick it up.
Step 2: Pair the Printer
Turn on the printer and select the Bluetooth pairing mode. Wait for it to pair with the tablet and select the passkey on the tablet if intimated.
Once the printer is connected to the tablet, open the concerned file and click on the Share tab. From the list of selections, choose the Bluetooth icon and then select the available device, one of which has to be the printer.
Step 3: Take the Prints
Tap on the printer tab, which then sends the image or document to the printer. In most cases, it automatically prints the source file. However, certain printers might need you to access the screen and confirm the printing and hence presents a preview tab.
3. Using the Google Cloud Print
Despite Google Cloud Print being discontinued a few months back, it is still crucial to walk down the memory lane, to stay prepared if it reappears. Plus, this service allows you to print any document on the home computer, even if you aren’t in proximity.
Step 1: Upload the files
When it comes to setting up android devices like the Samsung tablet, you can install apps like Fiabee, Google Cloud Print, or Mobile print to access the interface and upload files onto the same.
The idea here is to drop the files in a cloud drive, which is in sync with the printer at your home or office.
Step 2: Keep the Desktop app handy
For this process to work, you must have the desktop version of the Google Cloud Print installed and synced with the existing printer. This way, once you drop the file into the Cloud Print interface, the printer picks it up and prints the same.
4. Using Samsung Tap and Print
If you are planning to cut the additional clutter concerning wireless and Bluetooth setups, the Tap and Print is an excellent resource to have.
Plus, it actually is one of the easier ways to print your documents, straight out of the Samsung tablet.
Step 1: Get the desired printer
To make use of this functionality, you must get an NFC-compatible printer. Once you have the desired printer, it becomes easier to get the prints, without resorting to multiple workarounds.
Step 2: Get prints
Firstly, the NFC and tablet is to be switched on.
Next, the NFC printer or Wi-Fi direct functionality of the concerned printeractivated, you can simply touch the tablet onto the rim of the printer, and the machine starts printing. However, the Samsung Mobile Print application needs to be installed beforehand for this process to work.
Yes, the process is as simple as this. Plus, you even scan the documents and save them onto the tablet, for the future.
The simple concept here is that Tap and Print allow you to establish a direct wireless connection between the tablet and the printer, thereby cutting down on the clutter.
5. Print Directly
New Samsung devices also allow you to take prints directly from the tablets provided you have the printer added to the scheme of things. This process also involves using an OTG cable that establishes a direct connection between the tablet and the printer.
Pre-requisite: Ensure that the Specifications are set correct
The first step is to ensure that you have a compatible printer on you followed by a Tablet that runs Android 4.0 or a higher version of the OS. Plus, the concerned Printer Plugin must be installed on the tablet for facilitating seamless interactions.
Step 1: Connect Tablet and Printer Using OTG
Connect one end of the USB cable to the port available behind the printer. The USB cable is often supplied with the printer and the other end goes into the OTG cable that latches onto the tablet.
Step2: Once connected, a pop-up will appear, asking you to select the printer as the default USB action. Select the same and click OK.
Step 3: Take Prints
Once the setup is complete head over to the image or document that you want to print. Also, select the rightmost arrow and click on the ‘Print’ option. A preview screen appears and this is where you need to select the USB printer option as your preferred device and tap OK.
6. Print Using Applications
In addition to the aforementioned options, you can even rely solely on the Samsung Mobile Print app for connecting Samsung printers to the concerned tablets for getting the prints.
Step 1: Download the mobile app onto the tablet
Step 2: Wait for the app to automatically detect the compatible printers
Direct connections are established between the table and the printer to get seamless prints.
Using Mopria App
However, if you have the Mopria app installed on the tablet, it is necessary that the device supports Internet printing protocol. Here are the steps to prepare the printer for responding to Mopria.
Pre-requisite: Connect the printing machine to the wireless network
Step 1: Head over to the tablet and access any web browser whilst typing the machine’s IP address. The printer IP is often generated automatically.
Step 2: Once the SyncThru interface opens upon typing the IP, log into the interface with the standard default ID and password details, which are ‘admin’ and ‘sec00000’ respectively.
Step 3: Once you are logged into the SyncThru service, select Network settings and enable IPP from the list.
Step 4: Also enable the Multicast DNS protocol for the printer to connect directly to the computer without having to get bothered by the nearby devices. This feature significantly speeds up the printing.
Step 5: Head over the Security tab within the SyncThru system and enable Mopria as the preferred service
If your Samsung tablet already supports IPP and mDNS backhaul with the printer, simply install the app and select Mopria print service under the Print Services tag. For taking out the final prints, you might have to configure the print options according to the type of printer at hand.
Each of the mentioned strategies to print from a Samsung Tablet is equally effective. However, the choice depends on several factors, including the printer compatibility, OS version, ease of printing, technical prowess, familiarity with IPP protocols, portability, remote printing, and more.
Regardless of the choice, you always need to use a high-quality color printer to make the most of the capabilities pertaining to the new Samsung tablets.