How to Migrate from Google Cloud Print to Mobility Print
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If you have discovered Mobility Print (as an alternative to using Google Cloud Print) and you’re wondering how to migrate from Google Cloud Print to Mobility Print - this guide will help you. You’ll also be giving all your users a consistent print experience across all devices and platforms - no more ‘if you’re on Android, do this, but if you’re on Windows do that’. With Mobility Print, you can print how you normally would - on the platform that you choose - whether it’s Safari on iOS or Office on Windows.
If you’re currently using Google Cloud Print with PaperCut:
You’ll find the Mobility Print configuration under Enable Printing → Mobile and BYOD → Mobility Print, or alternatively under Options → Mobile and BYOD → Mobility Print (for versions older than 19.1).
In short, you’ll need to install Mobility Print onto the Print Server hosting the print queues that you want to share out to your users. There’s a handy checklist in the Mobility Print Planning section which asks questions around your print server setup, and also how you’d like to advertise the print queues to your users.
2. Disable Google Cloud Print
Once you’re happy with the Mobility Print setup, and you’ve tested from a user’s point of view on a selection of devices that you use, you can disable Google Cloud Print:
If you like being clean about things, head into the ‘Printers’ tab in PaperCut, and for each printer that you’ve published to GCP, go into the Printer Summary → Google Cloud Print → and then hit the ‘Delete from Google Cloud Print’ button.
You should then see your Google Cloud Printers in the Google Cloud Print console have disappeared. Otherwise, head to this same GCP Console (on the Google Platform - not in PaperCut) and delete your cloud printers.
At this point, your users will no longer be able to print to any of your GCP printers advertised by PaperCut.
In the PaperCut Admin interface, head into Enable Printing → Mobile and BYOD → Google Cloud Print → and uncheck the ‘Enable Google Cloud Print integration’ option, or alternatively under Options → Mobile and BYOD → Google Cloud Print (for versions older than 19.1).
3. All done!!
Don’t forget to tell all your users about the new improved experience! Customers have found that in-person announcements, sending email alerts and putting up posters on bulletin boards have helped get the word out, and smooth the transition. We’ve laid out some ideas in the roll-out Mobility Print section of our website.
If you’re currently using Google Cloud Print without PaperCut:
A good starting point is to download the PaperCut NG Free Trial. Don’t feel like you have to play around with your production setup though - install it onto a test workstation just to get familiar with how it will work - a standard desktop build of Windows / macOS / Linux will do just fine!
Once you’ve got PaperCut installed (simple next → next → next setup wizard), then follow along with the steps above for PaperCut users setting up Mobility Print. It’s also worth repeating the review of the Mobility Print Planning and Preparation checklist.
All you need outside of that is a Print Queue for people to print to - and with PaperCut installed, that opens up a whole new world of print management - the power of a Find-Me print queue (where users print to a single queue and can then release their job at any printer), and many many other features.
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