CloudPrint

If you ever listen to our Let’s Talk iOS podcast, you’re probably keenly aware of my paperless lifestyle. As a huge Evernote proponent, I make it a habit of avoiding hoarding lots of unnecessary papers. But every now and then, even I am forced to print out a document or two. It happens just rarely enough to make it extremely annoying, and my annoyance is compounded by the fact I don’t own an AirPrint compatible printer.

As someone who is slowly integrating their way back into the Google ecosystem, I decided to give Google’s Cloud Print service a try. Google Cloud Print is basically the Google equivalent of AirPrint with some notable differences here and there. But for all intents and purposes, people use Google Cloud Print for the same reason that people use AirPrint—they want to print wirelessly from a wirelessly connected device.

It goes without saying that Google Cloud Print support is a feature that hasn’t been, and probably never will be, included in stock iOS. But that’s okay, because there is a jailbreak tweak that will allow you to just that. Check inside for the full video walkthrough.

The first thing you’ll need to do is head to Cydia and search for Printify. Printify is a jailbreak tweak from Qusic—the same developer behind Auxo 2—and it’s $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

After downloading and installing Printify, you can start using it immediately. This tutorial is assuming that you already have Google Cloud Print configured for your printer. Quite a few of the newer printers feature Cloud Print functionality built in, but it’s possible to use Cloud Print with non-Cloud Print enabled printers, especially if the printer supports Wi-Fi connectivity. Read more about Google Cloud Print at Google’s official Cloud Print website.

Printify

The next step is to just start printing. Printify integrates directly with Apple’s AirPrint menu that normally appears in any app that features the iOS sharing button. Printing is basically accomplished the very same way that you print via AirPrint, except this time you’ll see a Send to Google Cloud Print option in the print menu.

If you’re someone who owns a printer that’s hooked up to Google Cloud Print, this is a jailbreak tweak that can make your life a whole lot easier. Sure, there are ways to go about printing to Cloud Print enabled printers via 3rd party apps, but this is a tweak that integrates Google Cloud Print natively into iOS.

With all of that in mind, Printify is definitely worth the $1.99 asking price, and it doesn’t just stop there. You can do more things with Printify like printing to PDF and saving directly to iOS’ native file system. This is a tweak that’s worth its weight in gold if you fall within the use cases.

Let me know what you think about Printify down below in the comments section.

  • jgr627

    Last time I checked there are more then enough options on the Mac or PC that have the ability to turn any printer into a AirPrint compatible printer so you should promote that app instead of this tweak which by the way doesn’t require a jailbrake

    • Dylan Barfield

      Not true: “Last time I checked there are more then enough options on the Mac or PC that have the ability to turn any printer into a AirPrint compatible printer”

      Why: Air-Print is an apple feature that only a select amount of printers have. No options in Windows, Linux, or Mac will let you change that. In Mac, maybe, but for the rest? No.

      Also not true: ” this tweak which by the way doesn’t require a jailbrake”

      Why: This tweak does require a jailbreak because it integrates the airprint feature into stock iOS natively, which no App Store app could do. There are apps that let you print anticancer things to your Google-Could printer, but this is more simple and less of a hassle.

      Learn your facts before making a fool of yourself. Also how to spell.

  • IMO, Printify is yet another essential SmartPhone feature that’s missing in stock iOS. I use it mostly for printing web pages to PDF and it’s really been handy in going paperless.

  • You could use a $35 Raspberry Pi and an ethernet cable to make your current printer AirPrint. Thats what I do….

    • Om

      Mind going into details? Sounds really interesting.

  • deepdvd

    Jeff, do you mind sharing what you actually “needed” to print from your iDevice?

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    My AirPort Extreme works wonders but for those that don’t have an Apple router (or whose printer doesn’t natively support AirPrint – mine does) this tweak will probably be useful…

  • Stayo

    Hey i know this is not the place for this, but dose anyone know to downgrade iOS 7.1.1 to iOS 7.0.X??

    • Varun Soi

      Not possible!

  • Om

    Thanks!

  • walter088

    for people like me that have an old printer this was what i needed. thanks a lot for the tutorial!!