Google Cloud Print is about to bow out. This December 31, 2020, Google’s online printing service will close its doors permanently. To print documents or photos remotely, you will have to opt for an alternative. Here are some quality alternatives.
As announced last year, Google welcomes a newcomer to its cemetery of missing products and services. As of January 1, 2021, Google Cloud Print will no longer be available to its users. “It will no longer be possible to print documents via Google Cloud Print, regardless of the operating system used” Google warns on its official website.
Launched in January 2011, the service allows you to print documents remotely from a smartphone, tablet, PC or Chromebook via Google’s servers. The service managed to do well thanks to its ease of use. Cloud Print is therefore joining services like Google+, Hangouts and Reader in limbo. Over the years, the Mountain View firm has buried just under 200 products and services, shunned by users.
The best alternatives to Google Cloud Print
“We recommend that you find an alternative printing solution before the end of 2020” advises the net giant. Google recommends several partner services on its website, including Papercut. Unfortunately, most of the solutions put forward by the Californian giant are reserved for companies. If you are the head of a company, you can switch to Pharos, LRS or NT-ware.
Among the best alternatives to Google Cloud Print, we have also listed Mobility Print, a 100% free tool compatible with Windows, Chrome OS, or ezeep, a paid service compatible with Windows, macOS, Chrome, iOS or Android. For former Cloud Print users, Google also encourages saving documents through the Google Drive print preview or the Drive File Stream backup option.
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Once the migration is complete, Google recommends disabling the service by going to google.com/cloudprint#printers. You can then delete the printers used by the service. Are you going to regret Google Cloud Print? We await your opinion in the comments below.