Migrate from Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print will be deprecated in December 2020.

  • Before end of 2020—We recommend that you find an alternative print solution and migrate your print services.
  • January 1, 2021—Google Cloud Print will no longer be supported and devices across all operating systems will not be able to print using Google Cloud Print.

Recommended printing options

  • Printing (CUPS) for devices running Chrome OS.
  • For other devices or multi-OS scenarios, we recommend the respective platform’s printing infrastructure or working with a printing partner.
Printing (CUPS) for Chrome devices

For Chrome devices, you can use your Admin console to set up CUPS for printing to local and network printers. See Manage local and network printers.

Similar to Cloud Print, you can manage printers for your users. This includes:

  • User-printing defaults for 2-sided and color printing.
  • User account and file name in the IPP header of print job included over a secure IPPS connection. This enables third-party printing features, such as secure printing and print-usage tracking.
  • Set-up of advanced printing attributes (stapling, paper trays, pin printing). 
  • PIN-code printing management. This allows users to enter a PIN when sending a print job and release the print job for printing when they enter a PIN on the printer.
  • Extension APIs for third-parties to access print job metadata and submit print jobs.

For details on configuring printing policies, see Set Chrome policies for users and browsers.

Upcoming printing (CUPS) features

Available before the Google Cloud Print deprecation

  • Support for external CUPS print servers, including authentication.
  • Policy to configure connections to external CUPS print servers. 
  • APIs to provide printer-management capabilities.
Printing partners

In addition to printing, you can use the printing services provided by a printing partner. Follow the links below to learn more about our printing partners.

To set up the printing services provided by a printing partner using the Admin console, see Setup printing with a printing partner.

Save to Google Drive from print preview

After December 2020, the “Save to Drive” option won't be available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux devices. You can save documents to Google Drive from print preview.

To save with Backup and Sync or with Drive File Stream:

Important: To save to Google Drive from print preview, make sure you have Backup and Sync or Drive File Stream installed.

  1. Click Save PDF.
  2. Upload the PDF to Drive through Backup and Sync or Drive File Stream.

To upload to Drive with Drive Web:

  1. Click Save PDF.
  2. Go to drive.google.com.
  3. Click + and select File upload.
  4. Select a folder.

Next steps

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