Printing from a Chromebook hasn’t always been easy. So last June, Google added a Chrome OS Native Printing feature for Chromebooks since not everyone has a Google Cloud Print capable device. Even so, I’ve still seen inconsistency when trying to print, especially after we replaced our older HP printer with a Brother model.
After some research, I found the WiFi Printer Driver Chrome Web App and since then, I haven’t had a single printer issue. And it doesn’t require you to know the IP address of your local network printer, which saves some configuration time.
But in scanning through the app reviews, I see a wide range of success across different printer brands including HP, Canon, Epson, and Brother, to name a few.
One thing I have noticed is that the WiFi Printer Driver app needs to be actively running in order for me to print. It’s a minor annoyance at best though. And depending on which printer you have, you might not need the app to be active when printing.
Regardless, if you have a wireless printer that doesn’t consistently work with your Chromebook, this app is worth a try.