What do I need to print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge?
As you already know, Galaxy S6 or S6 edge is as powerful as some laptops. According to the calculation of Expert Exchange, Galaxy S6 has about 35 GFLOPS raw processing power, which is comparable to most middle range laptops.
This explains why many Galaxy S6 owners use the phone as pocket laptop to process documents, edit photos and perform other office duties.
When you have documents in Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, you may wonder whether you can print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge directly.
The answer is yes. Google have this solution in Android for a few years already.
You can print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge locally (to a printer in your local network) or through cloud.
In this guide we will discuss about printing to local printers. Google cloud printing will be discussed in a separate page.
What you need to print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge include:
- a network connected printer.
- same network for printer and Galaxy S6 or S 6 edge, preferably connecting to the same router.
- the Android printer plugin provided by the printer manufacturer, normally released in Google Play store for free.
Step-by-Step guide on how to print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to local printer
Step 1: prepare your printer
The first step to print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is to make sure the printer is ready. This means:
- the printer is connected to network either through Ethernet cable, or through wireless connections. Most modern printers are network enabled.
- the printer should have no errors, e.g., out of paper, no ink/toner…..
You need follow the printer setup guide to set the printer and connect it to the network.
Step 2: install printer plugin
In this guide, I suppose you use a Brother printer. For other brands, you can search Play store to find the corresponding print service plugins.
If you are using a Samsung printer, you may skip this step because Samsung printer plugin was pre-installed on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.
As shown below, when you search “brother printer”, two top results are returned under apps.
What you need is the second one “Brother Printer Service Plugin”. For other brands, you should also check for plugins, not standalone app.
Tap Brother Printer Service Plugin to enter app info page.
You can check again whether this is a print service plugin.
Tap INSTALL as shown below.
Just like any other apps, before installing the printer plugin, you are prompted with the permission acknowledgement.
Tap Accept as shown below to proceed.
Now, the brother printer plugin is being installed to your Galaxy S6.
It may take 1 or 2 mins depending on your network connections.
Step 3. activate printer plugin
By default, the newly installed printer plugin is not activated.
To print from Galaxy S6 or S6 edge to local printer, you need activate the printer plugin (print service plugin to be precisely). You only need activate the plugin once.
Go to Galaxy S6 Settings in either ways:
- from apps screen, tap Settings.
- from notification panel (swipe down from status bar or top of the screen with one finger), tap Settings (gear) icon.
In Settings page, tap More connection settings (under connections) as shown below.
Tap Printing as shown below.
Now, you can find all installed printer plugins in your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.
In this page, you can also find Download plug-in option. But it seems the search is not good. It is better to search brand directly in Play store.
Tap Brother Print Service Plugin as shown below.
In the new page, you need drag the switch to right side to activate the brother printer plugin as shown below.
In addition, your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge will start to search for Brother printers in the network. In this case, it found the MFC-J650DW. This means Galaxy S6 is ready to print to this printer.
Step 4: print from apps
Different apps may have different ways to access printing function. You need check inside the app you are using.
For example, you want to print a photo.
In Gallery app, you can open the photo. Tap it once to get the options.
Tap Share as shown below.
Tap Print in the sharing options as shown below.
By default, Android will try to print to PDF.
So, you need change it to your printer by tapping the down arrow in the right side of Save as PDF as shown below.
You can also change the paper settings including size, margin and orientation.
Select your printer and get the printed photo from your printer.
Can you print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to your local printer now?
If you have any questions or get any problems to print from Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to your local printer, please let us know them in the comment box below.
The community will try to help you find a solution.
For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.
For detailed guides on how to use Galaxy S6 camera, please check Galaxy S6 camera guide page.