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What to do after Google Cloud Print end of life

What to do after Google Cloud Print end of life

On 21 November 2019, Google announced that Google Cloud Print, their cloud-based printing solution that has been in beta since 2010, will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020.

Now that Google Cloud Print has been deprecated, you don’t need to migrate immediately, but choosing the right replacement is an important decision and something that you can start to consider.  

According to Google, you can either:

Here’s a quick cheat sheet that will help you choose the option that’s right for you.

Print directly to local and network printers from Chromebooks

Choose this option if:

  • You use Google Cloud Print in a 100% Chromebook environment
  • All Chromebooks in your environment are managed Chromebooks, so that you can deploy printers through G Suite
  • All your printers are supported by Chromebooks. Currently around 85% of printers are supported by Chromebook CUPS / IPP printing 
  • Visibility into user printing behaviour isn’t required
  • Ability to implement print policies isn’t required
  • You don’t need secure print release

Use an alternate print solution

The only free alternative to Google Cloud Print that Google recommends on their website is PaperCut Mobility Print. 

Choose this option if:

  • You use Google Cloud Print and need to print from Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Android, iPhone and iPad (iOS) devices in addition to Chromebook printing
  • You have a combination of managed and BYO devices that users need to print from
  • You still need to print over the internet or from untrusted guest networks (coming to Mobility Print early 2020)
  • You have printers that are not supported by Chromebook CUPS printing. Mobility Print supports all printer brands.

You can download PaperCut Mobility Print for free here and then follow the Google Cloud Print migration guide.

Mobility Print also works with PaperCut NG / MF to give you more visibility and control. Below is a high level guide to help you choose the right solution for you:

PaperCut Mobility Print PaperCut NG 
with Mobility Print
PaperCut MF 
with Mobility Print


Available for free

Y
Unlimited users


Y
5 user free licence
N



DIY installation

YY

N
(available through our partner network)



Supports all printer brands

YYY


BYOD printing
(Windows, Mac,
Chromebook, iOS
and Android devices)

YYY


Secure print release

NY
(with a release station)


Y
(with card badge or signing in at a copier)



Additional data
loss features
(Print auditing,
watermarking
digital signatures)

NYY


Automated print
driver and queue deployment on
managed computers

NYY


Set up print policies
to reduce environmental
impact

NYY


Printing cost control
(quotas, charge cost centers or users, reporting)

NYY


Find-Me printing

NNY


Copy, Scan and Fax
tracking and control
for multi function
devices (MFDs)

NNY


“One click” Scan-to-cloud
(including OCR and image enhancements)

NNY

Hope that helps you find the Google Cloud Print alternative that suits your workplace. Pop a comment downstairs if you’d like to know more.

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