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Old 05-02-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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Printing to an HP printer from Android phone

I got a new printer yesterday (HP Envy for about $80). I downloaded an app from HP because they said it could print directly from a phone. The first .pdf file printed completely. A second more complicated graph on .pdf file printed 80%. A photo printed about 10% and stopped.

It looks like a memory issue.

(1) Theory one
A computer feeds data to a printer in quantities that it can handle, and may involve several transfers to print a dense image like a photo. A phone can't do that

(2) Theory two
I didn't buy a printer with enough memory

(3) Theory three
There must be a cloud storage for the phone allowing me to print a whole document

(4) Theory four
The first three theories are mindless speculation. Can you help me?
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Let me ask you this first: is said printer hooked to a computer?
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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Let me ask you this first: is said printer hooked to a computer?
most all-in-one hp printers are essentially a palm webos tablet computer duct taped to an expensive ink cartridge.

what model # is it ?; not sure if its one of the newer ones where you attach it to your wifi router and give it an email address so that it will automatedly open attachments and print them.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:52 AM
 
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Let me ask you this first: is said printer hooked to a computer?
It wasn't at the time, but now it is hooked up to an ASUS with Linux Fedora 20 operating system.

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most all-in-one hp printers are essentially a palm webos tablet computer duct taped to an expensive ink cartridge.

what model # is it ?; not sure if its one of the newer ones where you attach it to your wifi router and give it an email address so that it will automatedly open attachments and print them.
HP ENVY 4520
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You have Chrome? A Google account? I've always had issues with that HP app. Once I swtched to Cloud Printing all my trouble went away.

https://www.google.com/cloudprint/#printers

I can even print to my printer when I am not at home. Or print to my work printers when I am not there.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:29 PM
 
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Printing to an HP printer from Android phone

I got a new printer yesterday (HP Envy for about $80). I downloaded an app from HP because they said it could print directly from a phone. The first .pdf file printed completely. A second more complicated graph on .pdf file printed 80%. A photo printed about 10% and stopped.

It looks like a memory issue.

(1) Theory one
A computer feeds data to a printer in quantities that it can handle, and may involve several transfers to print a dense image like a photo. A phone can't do that

(2) Theory two
I didn't buy a printer with enough memory

(3) Theory three
There must be a cloud storage for the phone allowing me to print a whole document

(4) Theory four
The first three theories are mindless speculation. Can you help me?
The printer has an email address which is given access when you connected your smartphone to your home network or was given access when you gave it your router IP and password. Thus it doesn't matter if the computer is on or not.

This link may aid in finding a resolution:

Solved: My HP ENVY 4500 wont print - HP Support Forum - 3018769

HP Printers - Printing from Android Smartphones or Tablets | HP® Customer Support
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:05 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have an Envy and no problems printing to it from the Android. I wonder if it's losing the signal from weak Wi-Fi, to the printer. Try locating it closer to the wireless router and see if that solves the problem. If so, you may need a signal booster between the router and printer.
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