There is nothing too difficult about printing from your Samsung Tablet to your HP printer. As you will read in this guide, it is just a matter of installing apps and making sure that both your Tablet and your HP printer are compatible in way or another.
There are basically five ways that you can print from your Samsung Tablet to your HP Printer. In all cases, you will be required to install HP apps on your tablet to enable the print functionality.
Five Methods to Print from Samsung Tablet to HP Printer
Here are the five recommended methods for printing from your Samsung Tablet to HP Printer.
- Print Wirelessly Via a Wireless Network
- Print Wirelessly Via Google Cloud Print
- Print Wirelessly Without a Wireless Network with Wi-Fi Direct
- Print Wirelessly Without a Wireless Network with NFC Functionality
- Print Wired via USB OTG Cable
When looking into each of these methods, you will need to make sure that your printer and the Tablet has the required functionality.
For example, not all printers have Wi-Fi capabilities. Rarer still is the NFC functionality on printers.
Option One: Print Wirelessly Via a Wireless Network
This is one of the easiest as well as the most intuitive way of printing from your Samsung Tablet running Android.
You will need to have both your Samsung Tablet as well as your HP printer connected to the same router at your home or your office.
Next you will need to install HP Smart App from the app store and follow the instructions on connecting it to the printer.
The video below shows the exact steps needed to do this.
Option Two: Print Wirelessly Via Google Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print is one of the easiest and seamless ways to print wireless from anywhere around the world.
As long as your Samsung tablet and HP Printer are both connected to the internet using the same Google Account, you would be able to print from anywhere around the world.
Of course, you need to MAKE SURE that the printer is Google Cloud Print Ready.
Basically you need to have your printer connected to a computer with Google Chrome, Google Account and Internet Connection.
The following video shows you how to achieve that on HP Printers. However, it asks you to have the Samsung Tablet and the HP printer connected to the same network.
However, you use the Google Cloud Print service from your Samsung Tablet from anywhere around the world to print. This article by Lifewire shows you how to.
Option Three: Print Wirelessly Without a Wireless Network with Wi-Fi Direct
If you do not have a Wireless network installed in your home or in your office. Then you can connect your Samsung Tablet directly to the HP printer wirelessly with Wi-Fi Direct.
Note that in order for this to work, your HP Printer MUST HAVE WI-FI DIRECT CAPABILITY.
You will need to install and enable the following apps on your Tablet: HP Print Service Plugin.
The following video shows how wireless print can be achieved via Wi-Fi Direct.
Option Four: Print Wirelessly Without a Wireless Network with NFC Functionality
NFC, or near field communication, is way of interfacing with devices with a just a touch. It works a lot like Bluetooth, but it is completely hassle free.
On HP Printers, this functionality is usually found on high end printers like the HP Enterprise series. Therefore, this option may not be for most.
Obviously, you will also need to make sure that your Samsung Tablet does have NFC capabilities as well.
You will also need to enable NFC feature on the printer. This can be done via wireless network on some printers or via the settings screen on others.
Option Five: Print Wired Via USB OTG Cable
This is fairly straight forward method as well, however, it will require you to make a small invest on an OTG (On the Go) cable. These are fairly cheap and have uses beyond just interfacing with the printers.
For this to function, you need to MAKE SURE that your Samsung Tablet can support OTG printing.
You will also need to Install HP Print Service Plugin.
The video below shows how this is achievable.
What If Your Printer Lacks WiFi Functionalities?
Not all HP printers have WiFi capabilities. This is true especially if you have an older or a budget HP printer. Therefore, if your HP printer lacks WiFi as well as NFC, then there are few things you can do.
1. Using OTG
As mentioned in the option five above, this is a fairly easy way to interface with your printer.
You will need to make sure that your Samsung Tablet can print via OTG cable. You will also need to buy an OTG cable separately as they are not provided with the printers.
If you have made sure that your Samsung Tablet can support OTG printing, then this is perhaps the easiest way to print without a wireless network.
2. Check for a Memory Slot/USB
Some printers come with memory slot for SD cards. These printers allows you to access the memory card’s content and print directly via it.
If your Samsung Tablet also supports a memory card, you can move the desired content to be printed to the memory card on your tablet, You can then remove the card from the tablet and then print the content by inserting it into the printer.
The same can also be done with a USB Flash drive.
For this you will need the OTG cable. The OTG (On the Go) cable can be used to plugin in a conventional USB flash drive to the tablet. You will need to make sure that your Tablet can support this functionality.
Next you will need to check if your printer has the capability to print via a USB port.
If that checks out, all you need to do is move the content from Tablet to the flash drive via the OTG cable, and then use the printer to print from the Flash drive directly.
3. Transfer Data to a PC and Then Print
Sorry for even mentioning this obvious method here. This is just to tell you that if nothing else works, you always have this good old option.
Transfer the content from your Samsung Tablet to your PC which is connected to the printer. Then just simply print via the PC.
This is the classical tried and tested method and would never betray you. However, of course, this is the not the quickest though.