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HP printer setup (Print Service Plugin for Android)

The HP Print Service Plugin is a print driver that allows you to print from an Android device to most HP printers released after 2004.


To access additional printer features such as scanning and printer management tools, install the HP Smart app. For more information, go to HP printer setup (HP Smart app).

Install the HP Print Service Plugin

Install the HP Print Service Plugin on your Android smartphone or tablet, and then turn on the plugin.

  1. Confirm your Android device is connected to the same network as your printer.

  2. On your Android device, install or update the HP Print Service Plugin (in English).

  3. Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and 5.0 (Lollipop): Tap Settings, search for and open HP Print Service, and then tap On to turn on the plugin.


    If you are using Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later, the plugin turns on automatically after installation.

Print with the HP Print Service Plugin

Print photos, documents, emails, or webpages from Android apps.

  1. Open the item you want to print, tap the Menu icon , and then tap Print. If the app you are using does not have a Print option, tap the Share icon or look for a Share option in the Export or Send menu, and then select HP Print Service Plugin or the Print icon .

  2. On the preview screen, tap the Down arrow to view the printer list, and then select HP [your printer model name] to print over the network, or DIRECT-xx-HP [your printer model name] to print with Wi-Fi Direct.

    Selecting a printer from the list of available printers
  3. Tap the Down arrow to change any print settings, such as paper size or orientation.

  4. Tap the Print icon .

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Still have a question? Find additional answers and help.

What if I can't connect or add my printer?

Depending on how you are trying to print, troubleshoot the network connection or HP account.

  • If you see a This printer isn't available right now message or you can't add your printer during setup, go to HP Printers - 'Printer isn't available' error (Android).

  • If you are printing remotely with Print Anywhere and you see a Can't connect to printer message, open the HP Smart app, sign out, and then sign back in.

Can I print remotely using Print Anywhere with the HP Print Service Plugin?

Yes. If you have a printer that supports Print Anywhere and have enabled Print Anywhere using the HP Smart app, you can print remotely to your printer using the HP Print Service Plugin.

Supported printers have Remote and a Cloud icon in their description in the printer list.

Can I add, edit, or remove a printer manually from the HP Print Service Plugin?

Yes. When the plugin does not detect a printer, you can add the printer manually. You can also edit or remove a printer from the plugin.

  • Add a printer using the IP address: Tap All printersAdd printer, and then tap HP Print Service or HP Inc. Tap On a Wi-Fi Network, type the printer name and IP address, and then tap OK.

  • Add a printer using Wi-Fi Direct: On your printer, make sure Wi-Fi Direct is turned on. On your mobile device, tap All printersAdd printer, and then tap HP Print Service or HP Inc. Tap Directly to the Printer, select the name of your printer with DIRECT in the name, and then tap OK.

  • Remove or edit a printer: In the HP Print Service Plugin, tap the Menu icon , and then tap Add printerManage printers. Tap and hold the printer you want to remove or edit, and then tap Modify to edit the printer or Forget printer to remove it.

What file formats can I print?

The HP Print Service Plugin supports several file formats.

Print menu supported file formats:

  • Photos (JPEG, PNG)

  • PDF

  • Microsoft Office files

  • Text files (TXT)

  • Webpages (HTML)

Share menu supported file formats:

  • Photos (JPEG, PNG)

  • PDF

How do I monitor or cancel current print jobs?

Open the notification area to view a list of current print jobs or cancel a print job.

  • Monitor print jobs: Swipe down from the top of your Home screen to view your current print jobs.

  • Cancel a print job: Swipe down from the top of your Home screen to view your current print jobs, select the print job you want to cancel, and then tap Cancel.

    Cancelling a print job

What if the printouts from my HP LaserJet printer are illegible?

Turn on the Android Print Rendering setting if a LaserJet printout from a PDF or web-based original, such as a job application or registration form, is illegible.

Example of a printout with illegible text
  1. Open the HP Print Service Plugin.

  2. Tap the Menu icon , and then tap Print settingsAdvanced Settings.

  3. Turn on Android Print Rendering.

    Turning on Android Print Rendering

HP LaserJet printouts now print as expected.

Can I use a USB cable to print from my Android device?

Yes, as long as your printer supports PCL3 or PCL5 printer language, your mobile phone supports USB On-the-Go (OTG), and the HP Printer Service Plugin is installed.

To set up the connection, connect a USB OTG cable to the printer while the printer is on, and then confirm the connection on your mobile device.






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