You can now connect your Chromebook directly to most Wi-Fi enabled printers or a wired network. The Chromebook, however, does not support Bluetooth printers as of now.
With most of the recent printer models able to connect to the internet, you can directly add them to your Chromebook, given that both your Chromebook and the printer are on the same network. Just click Ctrl+p, and choose from the list of printers connected to the same network.
Chromebook Compatible Printers by Brand
- Ricoh (ChromeOS 91 and up)
- Other IPP Everywhere printers
If you already have a printer you’d like to use and you can’t find it on one of these lists, there’s still hope. ChromeOS plays well with a wide variety of current-generation hardware and there’s a decent chance that your printer could fall into that category. To find out, just set your printer up on your Wi-Fi network and try to print from your Chromebook. If the printer shows up in the list of visible devices, give it a click and see what happens. If you’re Chromebook sees it, the printer will likely work. You can also try printing directly via USB or downloading the Android companion app specifically for your brand of printer. Hope this helps and gets you up and printing on your Chromebook with ease.
Chromebooks on COVID’s Front Lines
Chromebooks are computers for everyone…except when you need to print.
Printing from a Chromebook can be a real pain in a**!
I followed the steps, but it’s still not working.
- Make sure your Chromebook and your printer are on the SAME wifi network
- Double check the IP address that you entered…don’t use the “subnet mask” or IP gateway
- Try switching the protocol to HTTPS
Other issues or problems? Drop a comment on this post and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction!
Setting Up a Printer with a USB Cable
You can always set up a printer with a USB cable in case you can’t connect it wirelessly. If your printer is older, this is probably the best way to go.
The process is pretty much the same as the wireless method. The only difference is that you need to connect the printer with a USB cable. Your laptop should recognize the printer right away, and you can continue with the process of adding it.