Are you having trouble connecting a printer to a Mac computer? Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it seems. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the absolute best ways to add a printer to a Mac. From easy-to-use built-in options to more advanced methods, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get your printer up and running in no time. Keep reading to learn more!
Have You Used Apple’s AirPrint?
Apple’s AirPrint allows Mac users to easily print from their device to a compatible printer. It is a wireless technology that makes it simple to connect and print from any Apple device, no matter where it is located.
The advantages of using Apple’s AirPrint are that it requires no additional setup or software installation, and can be used with any AirPrint-enabled printer on your local network.
Additionally, AirPrint allows you to print directly from an app without having to save and send the document to the printer first.
Apple offers two types of AirPrint:
- AirPrint-enabled printers and
- Wireless AirPrint-enabled printers.
With an AirPrint-enabled printer, you can simply select your printer from the list of available devices in the Printer Setup menu on your Mac.
For wireless AirPrint-enabled printers, you need to configure your Mac to use the same network as the printer before you can print.
To use AirPrint, follow these steps:
1. Make sure your Mac and your printer are on the same network.
2. Open System Preferences on your Mac and select Printers & Scanners.
3. Click the Add button to add a new printer.
4. Select your AirPrint-enabled printer from the list of available devices.
5. Choose the printing options you prefer, such as paper size and quality.
6. Select Print to print your document.
The downside of using Apple’s AirPrint is that it is only compatible with Mac computers and certain types of printers. More so, if your Mac is connected to a different network than the one your printer is on, you may need to make changes in order to use AirPrint.
For those who want to add an office printer to their Mac or add a printer to their Macbook Pro, you can use the AirPrint-enabled printer setup feature to easily set up the printer and start printing within minutes.
Also, if you want to find the printers on your Mac, you can just go ahead and use the Printer Setup menu in System Preferences to browse through the list of available devices on your local network.
Use Google Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print is a great way to add a printer to your Mac, as it allows you to print from anywhere, with any device. The advantages of using Google Cloud Print include the ability to access your printer from anywhere in the world, and the fact that you can use it with any type of device – including iOS and Android.
Google Cloud Print comes in three different types:
- Cloud Ready printers
- Classic printers, and
- Google Drive.
Cloud Ready printers require the least setup and configuration and are the simplest way to get started with Google Cloud Print.
Once you have a Cloud Ready printer connected to your Mac, you simply need to sign in with your Google account on the printer’s settings page and your printer will be connected.
You can then add additional printers to your Google Cloud Print list from the Settings page. For those looking to add an office printer to their Mac, you will need to connect the printer to the computer via a USB cable or over a wireless network.
Setting up a printer on a local network is relatively straightforward; firstly, you’ll need to check your router’s documentation for instructions on how to set up the printer.
Then you’ll need to download the necessary drivers for your particular model of printer. These drivers can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website.
Finally, follow the instructions provided by the driver installation wizard to install the printer properly. Once installed correctly, open System Preferences and select Printers & Scanners; here you should see your printer listed and ready for use.
Use a USB cable
Adding a printer to your Mac using a USB cable is one of the most common and straightforward ways. A USB cable is used to connect almost any type of device, from external hard drives to keyboards and printers.
By connecting your printer to your Mac with a USB cable, you can easily access the printer’s features.
One of the advantages of using a USB cable to add a printer to a Mac is that it is very simple and inexpensive.
You only need one USB cable which is readily available in any computer store. Besides, if your printer doesn’t have wireless or Bluetooth connectivity, connecting it through a USB cable is the only option.
There are two types of USB cables:
- Type A and
- Type B.
The Type A USB cable connects the printer to your Mac while the Type B cable connects to the power supply. It is important to note that both of these cables need to be connected before proceeding.
In order to connect a printer to your Mac using a USB cable, you will need to follow these steps:
1. Connect the Type A end of the USB cable into your Mac.
2. Connect the other end of the USB cable (Type B) into the power supply for the printer.
3. Turn on your printer.
4. Go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners and select Add Printer or Scanner from the list.
5. Select your printer from the list of devices that appear and click Add.
The downside of using a USB cable is that it is not as fast as using wireless or Bluetooth connections and can sometimes be tricky to set up depending on your printer’s make and model.
You also need to keep your printer near your Mac if you want to use this connection type.
If you’re looking to add an office printer to your Mac, you can follow the same steps as above but make sure you select Office Printer from the list of devices when prompted.
Connecting a printer to a Mac via USB can also be done with MacBook Pro models by following the same steps as above.
Also, like earlier mentioned, if you’re looking to find printers on Mac, you can do so by going to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners and selecting “Show Printers & Scanners” from the list.
Using a USB cable is one of the simplest ways to add a printer to a Mac and can be done quickly and easily with minimal setup time.
Use a Bluetooth Connection
Adding a printer to a Mac with a Bluetooth connection is one of the most convenient methods for wireless printing. Bluetooth connections offer the advantage of faster transmission speeds and less interference from other electronic devices in the room. Plus, you don’t need to purchase any additional cables. There are two types of Bluetooth connections: Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
To connect a printer to your Mac using a Bluetooth connection, follow these steps:
1. On your Mac, open System Preferences > Bluetooth, then make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
2. Turn on your printer and put it into pairing mode.
3. Select the printer from the list of available devices, then click Connect.
4. Enter the passcode, if required, then click OK.
5. Go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, then select your printer from the list of available printers.
6. Click Add and your printer should now be ready to use.
The downside to using a Bluetooth connection is that it is not as secure as other methods such as Wi-Fi or Ethernet cables. Additionally, due to its slower speed, it may take longer to print the documents compared to other methods.
In order to add an office printer to your Mac, you may need to download additional software from the printer manufacturer’s website. Additionally, if you are connecting a printer to your Macbook Pro, you may need an adapter since it does not have an Ethernet port.
To find printers on your Mac, open System Preferences > Print & Scan, then select Show Printers & Scanners from the dropdown menu. Here you can view all of the printers connected to your Mac, including any Bluetooth connected printers.
Use an Ethernet Cable
Ethernet cables are the oldest and most reliable method for connecting a printer to a Mac. They provide a hardwired connection with no risk of interference, allowing for fast and reliable printing.
Ethernet cables come in different categories, such as Cat5 and Cat6, depending on your printer’s capability.
The advantages of using an Ethernet cable to connect a printer to a Mac include faster transfer speeds and a consistent connection, as opposed to wireless networks which can be subject to signal loss or interference.
In addition, printers can be shared over an Ethernet connection with other computers. Meaning that multiple users can take advantage of the printer at any given time.
The process for setting up an Ethernet connection for your Mac is straightforward:
1. Start by connecting one end of the Ethernet cable to the printer’s Ethernet port, and the other end to the Ethernet port of your Mac.
2. Once the connection is established, open System Preferences and click on “Printers & Scanners”.
3. Select “Add Printer or Scanner” and select your printer from the list of available devices.
4. In case of an unlisted printer, you may need to download the driver first.
5. Click on the “Use” drop-down menu and select the “Ethernet” option.
6. Select “Add” and wait until the installation process is complete.
7. Test out your connection by printing a document.
One downside of using an Ethernet cable is that it is not as portable as a wireless connection, as you must have physical access to the printer and your Mac in order to establish the connection.
Noteworthy too is that some newer printers may not support older Ethernet cables, so make sure you have the right type of cable for your printer before attempting to set up the connection.
In summary, connecting a printer to a Mac with an Ethernet cable is a great way to enjoy a fast, reliable connection with no risk of signal loss or interference. Just be sure to have the right type of cable before attempting to establish the connection, and follow the steps outlined above to successfully add your printer to your Mac.