How to Add Network Printer on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Today, we’re going to learn how to add a network printer on your Mac. Adding a network printer allows you to easily print documents from any device connected to the same network.

Whether you’re working from home or in an office environment, setting up a network printer on your Mac is a straightforward process. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Check Network Connection

Before adding a network printer, ensure that your Mac is connected to the same network as the printer. You can do this by checking your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection settings.

Step 2: Open System Preferences

To add a network printer, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.

Step 3: Select “Printers & Scanners”

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Printers & Scanners” icon. This will open the Printers & Scanners preferences pane.

Step 4: Click on “+” Button

In the Printers & Scanners preferences pane, click on the “+” button located below the list of printers on the left-hand side.

Step 5: Choose Your Printer

A new window will appear, displaying a list of available printers on your network. Scroll through this list and select your desired printer.

  • Note: If your printer does not appear in the list, ensure that it is turned on and connected to the same network as your Mac.
  • Troubleshooting Tip: If you still can’t find your printer, try adding it manually by clicking on “IP” at the top of the window and entering its IP address.

Step 6: Install Printer Software (if necessary)

If your Mac does not have the necessary software for your printer, it may prompt you to install it. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the required software.

Step 7: Add the Printer

Once you’ve selected your printer, click on the “Add” button. Your Mac will then proceed to add the printer to its list of available devices.

Step 8: Test Your Printer

To ensure that your network printer has been successfully added, try printing a test page. Open any document or image, go to “File” in the menu bar, click on “Print”, and select your network printer from the list.


You’ve successfully added a network printer on your Mac. Now you can print wirelessly from any device connected to the same network as your printer.

Note: If you encounter any issues during this process, consult your printer’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for further assistance.

Additional Tip: If you frequently switch between different printers or locations, you can set a default printer by going back to the Printers & Scanners preferences pane and selecting your desired printer from the list. This will ensure that your Mac automatically selects it whenever you print.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through adding a network printer on your Mac. Happy printing!

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