How to Add Printer to Mac

How to Add Printer to Mac

In order to print from your Mac computer, the printer must be first added to the list of Printers & Scanners in your computer. Upon adding a printer, the computer automatically downloads the printer’s software. If you have an AirPrint-enabled printer, it is compatible with macOS. Or check your printer’s compatibility with the Apple Support.

Add a USB Printer

If the Mac computer on which the printer is to be installed has a printer software, it should be removed from the computer.

  • Step 1: Click Apple icon System Preferences Software Update.
  • Step 2: Install any software updates displayed on the screen.
  • Step 3: Beforehand, unpack the printer and set it up.
  • Step 4: Switch on the printer and make sure there are no errors appearing on the LCD.
  • Step 5: Use a USB cable to connect the computer and the printer.
  • Step 6: The screen displays a message prompting you to download software.
  • Step 7: Download the mentioned software and run it with the on-screen directions.
  • Step 8: Make use of a multiport adapter if your Mac has a single USB-C port.

Adding Wireless Printer

  • Step 1: Choose Apple menu System Preferences Software Update.
  • Step 2: Ensure that your Mac computer has the latest driver installed on it.
  • Step 3: AirPrint printer users need not check for software updates.
  • Step 4: With the printer’s user guide, set up the printer.
  • Step 5: Install the ink toner and load paper.
  • Step 6: Check the printer for any errors and clear them before proceeding.
  • Step 7: Link the printer to your Mac with a USB cable.
  • Step 8: Run the installation software CD that came with the printer.
  • Step 9: Follow the instructions to connect your printer to the Wi-Fi network.
  • Step 10: Detach the cable from your printer and Mac.
  • Step 11: Make sure that the printer and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Step 12: Click Printers & Scanners under System Preferences.
  • Step 13: Tap at the bottom of the printer list.
  • Step 14: A dialog box with the list of printers connected to the local networks appear.
  • Step 15: Wait for about 2 minutes for the printer to appear.
  • Step 16: Click Add.
  • Step 17: MacOS detects if the printer has special accessories installed, additional paper trays, extra memory, or a duplex unit.