You may already know that you can print to PDF directly from your computer’s Chrome browser. It’s a great way to save important web pages in a universal format, like online receipts. Or you can just permanently save an item that you have found to use when you are offline.
Chrome for Android offers the same functionality, although it works a little differently. When it comes to backing up web pages, it’s not the same as backing up content for offline reading. Once printed, you won’t even need Chrome to see it. However, you will need an application that supports PDF files, such as Adobe Reader, which is free.
Why print in PDF format?
With so many different ways to share web pages and save content for offline reading, all of this may seem unnecessary. However, this is useful if there is a page that you want to keep. Even if the page is removed, you still have a copy.
It also works better than a screenshot if the page you are printing is longer than your screen. Instead of multiple images to follow, you have a file with everything in order.
To print in PDF format using Chrome on an Android device, you cannot print directly from Chrome. Instead, you use the Chrome sharing feature to start the process.
Open the page you want to print. Tap the Chrome menu at the top right to expand the menu options. Tap Share.
You will see a variety of sharing options appear in the lower half of your screen. Pull up on the options window to see all of the options available.
The options you see vary depending on the apps you have installed. For example, I can share links to Facebook and Pinterest because these apps are installed.
Print as PDF
If you want to print in PDF format, tap the Print option. You will see a preview of the printed web page. At the very top, press the drop-down menu that says “Select a printer”.
Choose Save as PDF. If you have Wi-Fi printers, you will probably see those listed as options as well. However, you will want the PDF option to save it locally instead of printing it.
Tap the turquoise PDF icon in the upper right corner of the preview image. This will take you to your default download folder on your device. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Save button. You can rename the file before saving it by pressing the existing file name and entering a new one.
Find your file
Now that you’ve printed it, it’s time to check it out. Unlike when you download files directly to Chrome, you won’t see your PDF file in the Downloads area of the Chrome menu.
Instead, you’ll have to use the Android File Manager app, which is the default file manager. If you have another file management application, you can use it instead.
The easiest way to find your file is to open the download folder. If you have more than one, tap the folder with the download icon on it. Your file must be the most recent on the list.
Tap the file to open it using the application of your choice. You may have several options available. Use the one that works best for you. I use Adobe Acrobat most often, unless I have downloaded a free eBook. In this case, I’m using Amazon Kindle.
If no options appear or you get an error, you may need to download a PDF reader first. Once installed, repeat the above process to open your PDF file.
Although you can’t use it often, it’s a fast, free way to save pages from Chrome as PDF files that you can save or share.
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