If you do not have access to a wireless connection, certain high-performing printers and phones can integrate via a standard USB cable or another analog cable of some kind.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • If you do have access to a wireless network, you could always connect your smartphone to your printer via a standard USB cable.
  • You will likely need an adapter of some kind to plug into your phone, as most phones do not accept traditional USB cables.
  • Once you have set up a reliable connection, download and install an appropriate printing app.

Benefits of Using USB Cables for Print Jobs

There are some legitimate benefits to using a USB cable to connect a smartphone to a compatible printer instead of using a wireless connection. These benefits include simplicity, as print jobs should be easy to pull off, and security. If you are unsure of the security level of a wireless network, we recommend using a USB cable. If you also love planners, you can create and print your own using half-letter size US letter paper by connecting your laptop to your printer using a USB cable.

How to Queue Print Jobs Via USB Cable

The actual queuing and printing processes will differ depending on your printer, printing app, and smartphone. We have, however, assembled some universal tips and guidelines to follow.

Confirm Compatibility

You will need to confirm compatibility between your phone and your printer and figure out which cables both devices will need to make a manual connection. Many modern printers will boast a standard USB port, but the same cannot be said of smartphones. In other words, you will need an adapter of some kind. We recommend reading the instructions that came with your smartphone for advice on selecting the proper USB adapter. If your printer does not feature a standard USB adapter, you may need a secondary adapter to get everything running.

Insider Tip

We recommend reading the instructions that came with your smartphone for advice on selecting the proper USB adapter.

Download the Right Printer App

You will need to access the right printing app to allow for print jobs via a USB connection. These apps are typically designed and marketed by printer manufacturers and they are easily available on the Google Play store. Apple apps might be a bit more finicky, thanks to the company’s walled garden approach. We recommend doing some research on the Apple App Store before committing to anyone printer app.

Complete a Print Job

You may be surprised to know that conducting a print job may be the easiest part of this process. The particular methods will vary depending on your phone, your printer, and your app of choice. This process tends to be on the simple side. Just open up the app, select a source document, set the number of copies to be made, and hit “print.” Just like that, your print job will be complete. If you happen to run low on ink and only have black ink, you can still print black and white without color ink. As a word of caution, we recommend backing up source documents before printing.

Warning

Many modern printers will boast a standard USB port, but the same cannot be said of smartphones.

F.A.Q.

How do I print from an Android phone to a Canon printer via USB?

This will typically be done by connecting your Android phone to a USB adapter and then to the printer’s USB port. Once connected, the print job itself should be relatively simple.


Is it possible to print on a USB, non-wired printer from an Android phone?

Potentially, assuming the printer features a port of some kind. You will need an adapter for the phone and the right printing app downloaded and installed.


Is it possible to print on a USB, non-wired printer from an Android phone?

The vast majority of HP printers with a USB port support printing with a USB On-the-go (OTG) cable.



STAT: Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry-standard that establishes specifications for cables and connectors and protocols for connection, communication, and power supply (interfacing) between computers, peripherals, and other computers. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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