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How do you use a wireless printer with a tablet?

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A wireless printer can be used with a tablet by means of apps provided by the printer manufacturer, third-party print service apps and Near Field Communication. Cloud services such as Google Cloud Print can also be used to print wirelessly from a tablet.

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Log in to Chrome on the desktop to which the printer is connected, with the same Google account as used on the tablet. Open Advanced Settings under Chrome's Setting's menu and scroll down to the Google Cloud Print section. Click the button to manage devices and add in the required printer. Logging into the same Google account on the tablet allows printing wirelessly from the tablet to the printer that was just added to Google Cloud Print.

NFC printing is still in its initial stage since the number of NFC compatible printers is still growing. However, printer manufacturers such as HP, Lexmark and Epson supply printing apps that often come with built-in cloud connections. Installation instructions vary between manufacturers and different tablet models.

If a printer and tablet are both Bluetooth-enabled, third-party apps such as PrintBot, PrinterShare and PrinterOn perform the same functions as printer-specific apps. Apple's AirPrint is popular for iOS devices as of 2015. It functions similar to Google Cloud Print and currently supports over 1,100 different printer models.

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