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Migrate from Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print was deprecated in January of 2021 and is no longer supported.

Devices across all operating systems will not be able to print using Google Cloud Print. We recommend that you find an alternative print solution and migrate your print services.

Recommended printing options

  • Printing (CUPS) for Chrome OS devices.
  • 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 OS devices, you can use your Google 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, output 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.
    Note: PIN printing is only supported over a HTTPS or a secure IPPS connection.
  • 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 from Print Preview

Important: Make sure you have the Save to Google Drive Extension installed. 

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Open the page, image, or file you want to print.
  3. Select Fileand thenPrint. Or, use a keyboard shortcut:
    • Windows and Linux: Ctrl + P
    • Mac: ⌘ + P
  4. From the Destination list in the box, select Save to Drive.
    If Save to Drive is not listed, select See more... and select it from there. 
  5. Select Save.

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.

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