Basic steps - Printing from Android device to a Brother Printer
- Check if your Brother printer supports Wi-Fi. If yes, proceed to the next step.
- Verify, if your printer is set up on a wireless network. If yes, proceed to the next step. If no, do set up your printer for wireless networking.
- Search and Download Brother printer app in Google Play Store.
- Install and Setup the printer app.
- Start printing.
Noticeably, when you search for Brother printer app in Google Play Store, you will find 2 workable but very different apps - Brother Print Service Plugin and Brother iPrint&Scan. Below is a rundown of what each of these application offers and what makes them different.
Brother Print Service Plugin enables you to print directly from your Android device. It does not have a user interface though; once this app is installed, it opens a setting page where you can turn it on and then select the Brother printer. Needless to say, you simply click on the “Print” option of supported Android apps and printing is done. Supported applications include Chrome, Gmail, Photos, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.
Brother iPrint&Scan is a full-blown app that lets you print and scan from your Android device. In order to use this application, you need to click the downloaded and installed app on your Android device; and follow through with the user interface. New and advanced functions have been added recently including fax send, fax preview, copy preview, and machine status. However, this is only available for newer printer models.
While it may seem that you have two options on how to print from Android, the decision on what application you can use will depend on your printer model. You see, these applications serve specific Brother printer models. Hence, you need to check printer compatibility on the Brother website.