Motorola just recently updated their Atrix 2 handset to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With the update we got a slew of new features such as App Locker and Smart Actions. Among those new features is a certain one embedded in the system settings. Yes, we Atrix 2 users can now enable a printer on our devices. To access this feature you need to go into the Settings of the Atrix 2, scroll all the way down, and under the System Settings, you will find the Printer settings. Before enabling your printer on your Atrix 2, keep in mind that you won’t be able to do any print over your mobile data, you have to connect to your home Wi-Fi, the same Wi-Fi that your printer is connected to.
What your going to do, is select the Printer Settings, and then select the “Find Printers” button under the auto search tab. It will prompt you to connect to your home Wi-Fi, and after you do that, it will auto search for printers that are connected to that Wi-Fi connection. If your phone can not find a printer on the Wi-Fi, there are some other options to add the printer manually as well. This, of course, still requires you to be on the home Wi-Fi as well, but is a tad more complicated than the auto search. I was able to add my printer straight through the auto search, so things were very simple for me, but maybe your Wi-Fi is a bit more locked up, and it just isn’t liking your handset. In that case, manually adding the printer will have to be the way you go.
If everything else fails, you may have an issue with your printer or it is just not fully open to your Wi-Fi network. When it comes to that, I am no network genius/guru, so you may need to call someone about that. In fact, Motorola Mobility has a support area where they usually are more than willing to help you set up your printer on your Wi-Fi network. On the other hand, these Printer Settings options should be available for most devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, mainly their newer devices like the DROID RAZR M.
Now, I do have to warn you that their built-in printer software is actually really weird. Sometimes it just outright refuses to print for some unknown reason. Usually a reset of your phone fixes this, but Motorola really needs to add a bit more stability to the option before it becomes the main place you print from. Still, it is wonderful when the printer options do work, especially when you find something that you would like to read later on whilst browsing the web. Sure you can always bookmark things, but those are a bit more tedious on your smartphone, so printing would be the ideal thing to do.
Has the printer options been working well for you, or are they a bit clunky as I described? Let me know in the comments below!