How to Print With Mobile Without WiFi

Most modern top-tier wireless printers complete print jobs via a standard Wi-Fi wireless connection. This is not your only option, however, as there are other technologies available that can complete the same tasks.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Most wireless printers will necessitate using a standard Wi-Fi connection, though this is not always the case.
  • Some printers boast proprietary wireless technologies, such as HP’s Wireless Direct.
  • Certain mobile printers also feature a Bluetooth receiver, which is another wireless connection type that can be used to print documents.

Wireless Connections and Printing

If you are going to be completing a number of wireless print jobs or if you just need reliability, we recommend using a wireless printer, a smartphone, and a standard wireless network (Wi-Fi.). It is now possible to print directly from your android phone to a wireless printer. If you are just going to be completing prints every once in a while, there are other options available.

Insider Tip

Bluetooth is one of the oldest wireless connection types and, as such, it can be used to complete standard wireless print jobs.

Printing From a Mobile Phone to a Printer Without Wi-Fi

There are several methods you could try to complete wireless print jobs without the use of a traditional Wi-Fi connection. First of all, ensure that your printer is password protected to secure it from cyber-attacks.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is one of the oldest wireless connection types and, as such, it can be used to complete standard wireless print jobs. You will have to make sure that the printer you are using features a Bluetooth receiver. After you have confirmed the existence of Bluetooth, activate the Bluetooth connection. Head into your phone and pair the device with your printer using the Bluetooth section of the settings app. Once the two devices have been paired, you should be good to go and well on your way to completing wireless print jobs. Some devices can also accept print jobs via the cloud.

Insider Tip

Once you have the adapter in hand, plug your phone into your printer. You should easily be able to complete print jobs via this method.

Proprietary Wireless Technologies

Certain printers feature proprietary wireless technologies, such as HP Wireless Direct. In some cases, this tech can circumvent the need for a traditional Wi-Fi connection. Before attempting to use one of these technologies, confirm that both your phone and your printer can seamlessly integrate with it. The printer should feature a logo of some kind somewhere on the exterior to alert consumers that it features proprietary wireless technology. For instance, the HP Wireless Direct logo can be viewed easily on their range of compatible printers.

USB Connection

As a measure of last resort, you could always simply plug your phone into your printer, treating the device like a computer. You will have to make sure that your phone can be plugged in via USB and that your printer features an available port. Most modern smartphones do not feature a traditional USB port, so this method will require the use of a third-party adapter of some kind. Once you have the adapter in hand, plug your phone into your printer. You should easily be able to complete print jobs via this method.

Warning

You will have to make sure that the printer you are using features a Bluetooth receiver.

F.A.Q.

How do I add the Google Cloud Print app to my Android phone or tablet?

This can be done by accessing the Google Play store or another app store that your phone allows access to. Once downloaded, the installation process will be rather simple.


How do I connect my phone to my printer without Wi-Fi?

This can typically be done by using a Bluetooth connection, some other form of wireless technology, or a simple USB cable. Read the instruction manual.


Can I print from my phone without the Internet?

In some cases, yes. Many modern wireless printers can connect to a small wireless network of two, operating with a standard smartphone. Look for a Bluetooth connection or another type of wireless connection.



STAT: HP wireless direct provides a direct wireless connection to your HP printer without joining a local network or connecting to the internet. When you activate HP wireless direct on your printer, you can securely print documents or photos from supported Wi-Fi-capable computers and mobile devices. (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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