How to Add a New Printer to Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Adding a new printer to your Mac can sometimes be a daunting task, but fear not! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of adding a new printer to your Mac. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Connect the Printer

Before you begin, make sure your printer is properly connected to your Mac. Use the supplied USB cable or connect via Wi-Fi if your printer supports wireless connectivity. Once connected, power on your printer.

Step 2: Open System Preferences

To start the setup process, click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can also use the Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space, typing “System Preferences,” and hitting Enter.

Step 3: Select Printers & Scanners

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Printers & Scanners” icon. This will open a new window where you can manage all your printers and scanners.

Step 4: Add a New Printer

To add a new printer, click on the + button located below the list of printers on the left-hand side of the window. This will bring up a pop-up menu with options for adding printers.

If Your Printer Appears:

If your printer appears in the pop-up menu after clicking +, select it and proceed to Step 5.

If Your Printer Doesn’t Appear:

  • Option 1:

    • Make sure your printer is connected and powered on.

    • Click on the “Add Printer or Scanner” option in the pop-up menu.

    • Wait for your Mac to search for available printers. This may take a moment.

    • If your printer is found, select it from the list and proceed to Step 5.

  • Option 2:

    • Click on the “IP” tab in the pop-up menu.

    • Enter the IP address of your printer.

      You can usually find this information in your printer’s manual or by checking its network settings.

    • Wait for your Mac to detect the printer.

Step 5: Install Printer Software (if necessary)

If your Mac doesn’t have the necessary software for your printer, you may be prompted to install it. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the required software. Once installed, your new printer should be ready to use!


You have successfully added a new printer to your Mac. Now you can start printing documents, photos, and more with ease!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of adding a new printer to your Mac. Remember that each printer model may have slight variations in setup, so it’s always a good idea to consult your printer’s manual for specific instructions.

Happy printing!

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