Google Cloud Print
Initial releaseApril 16, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-04-16)
Operating systemCross-platform (web-based application, with functionality built into Google Chrome[1]) Archived 2020-12-07 at the Wayback Machine

Google Cloud Print was a Google service that allowed users to print from any Cloud Print-aware application (web, desktop, mobile) on any device in the network cloud to any printer with native support for connecting to cloud print services[2] – without Google having to create and maintain printing subsystems for all the hardware combinations of client devices and printers, and without the users having to install device drivers to the client,[2] but with documents being fully transmitted to Google.[3] Starting on July 23, 2013 it allowed printing from any Windows application, if Google Cloud Printer[4] was installed on the machine.[5]

Google Cloud Print was shut down on December 31, 2020.[6][7]


Integration with other Google products

Google Cloud Print was integrated into the mobile versions of Gmail and Google Docs, allowing users to print from their mobile devices.[8] Google Chrome 16 and higher listed Google Cloud Print a printer option in the Print Preview page.[9] Google Chrome 9 and higher supported printers without built-in Cloud Print component through a "Cloud Print Connector".[10]


Google introduced Cloud Print in April 2010, as a future solution for printing from ChromeOS.[11] They made the design document and a preliminary version of the source code available.[12][13] Google Cloud Print reached beta stage on 25 January 2011.[14]

Applications print through a web-based, common print dialog (web UI) or an API. The service forwards the job to a printer registered to the service. Cloud Ready printers (which connect directly to the web and do not require a computer to set up[2][15]) can directly connect to Google Cloud Print. As legacy ("classic") printers cannot accept input from a cloud service, Google Chrome 9 contained a "Cloud Print Connector"—which lets printers plugged into a Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, or Linux computer with Internet access use Cloud Print while the connector is running in Google Chrome.[2][15][10]

Printing through Google Cloud Print from any instance of Google Chrome was enabled in Google Chrome 16.[9]

Since December 2014, Google Cloud Print lets users share printers[9] in a manner similar to Google Docs.[16]

In July 2013, Google updated the service to allow printing from any Windows application if Google Cloud Printer[4] is installed on the machine.[5] The Google Cloud Print Service can run as a Windows service, so legacy printers can connect to Google Cloud Print.[5]

Google Cloud Print 2.0, not supported by some printers that support v 1.0, adds support for a local mode similar in operation to Apple's AirPrint. Unlike the earlier version of Cloud Print, v 2.0 does not require either the printer or printing client to be connected to the Internet. Local mode uses a discovery protocol called Privet,[17] which uses Multicast DNS and DNS-SD for discovery, and HTTPS for transmitting print jobs to the printer. Clients supporting this mode only list printers that are discoverable on the same subnet the device is connected to, and forget the printers once disconnected from that subnet.[18]


In November 2019, Google announced end of support for Google Cloud Print on December 31, 2020.[6] Google cited improvements in native ChromeOS printing as well as a marketplace of other print solutions providers in its decision to terminate the service.[19]


Documents printed via Google Cloud Print were sent to Google's servers for transmission to the printer. Google stated that they stored each document queued for printing, "but only for so long as the printing job is active and not complete". And: "Documents you send to print are your personal information and are kept strictly confidential. Google does not access the documents you print for any purpose other than to improve printing."[3]

See also


  1. ^ Meyer, David (December 15, 2011). "Chrome browser gets full Cloud Print integration". ZDNet.
  2. ^ a b c d "What Is Google Cloud Print?", Code Labs
  3. ^ a b "Google Cloud Print Help". Google Inc. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Google Cloud Print Download Page". Archived from the original on August 4, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Google Chrome Blog: Simpler printing from more places
  6. ^ a b Hall, Stephen (November 21, 2019). "Google Cloud Print is dead as of December 31, 2020". 9to5Google. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Print from Chrome - Computer - Google Chrome Help". Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  8. ^ "Cloud printing on the go". Mobile Blog. Google. January 24, 2011. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Google Cloud Print picks up steam". Chrome Blog. Google. December 14, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Google Cloud Print, Now Available", Google Operating System (World Wide Web log), Google, December 2010
  11. ^ "A New Approach to Printing", Blog, Chromium, April 2010
  12. ^ "Issue 1566047: First cut of Cloud Print Proxy implementation", Code Review, Chromium
  13. ^ "Google Cloud Print Answers Key Question for Google Chrome OS", eWeek
  14. ^ "Nyomtatás a telefonunkról a Google Cloud Print segítségével", Android információs és hírportál (in Hungarian), HU, archived from the original on January 27, 2011
  15. ^ a b "How it Works". Support. Google Inc. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  16. ^ How Does Google Cloud Print work?
  17. ^ "Privet". Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  18. ^ "What is Google Cloud Print?". GitHub. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  19. ^ "Migrate from Cloud Print to native printing", Migrate from Cloud Print to native printing, Google Inc.