How to Add Printer on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Adding a printer to your Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to conveniently print documents, photos, and more. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of adding a printer on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Check Printer Compatibility

Before adding a printer to your Mac, it’s important to ensure that the printer is compatible with macOS. Most printers are compatible with Mac, but it’s always best to check the manufacturer’s website for compatibility information.

Step 2: Connect Your Printer

To begin, connect your printer to your Mac using a USB cable or ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network if you have a wireless printer.

Wired Connection:

If you have a wired printer, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Connect one end of the USB cable to your printer and the other end to an available USB port on your Mac.
  • Step 2: Turn on your printer and wait for it to initialize.

Wireless Connection:

If you have a wireless printer, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: On your Mac, open the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences”.
  • Step 2: In System Preferences, click on “Printers & Scanners”.
  • Step 3: Click on the “+” button at the bottom of the left-hand column.

Step 3: Add Your Printer

Now that your printer is connected to your Mac, it’s time to add it:

  • Step 1: In the “Add Printer” window, select your printer from the list of available printers. If your printer is not listed, make sure it is properly connected and compatible with macOS.
  • Step 2: Once you’ve selected your printer, click on the “Add” button.

Step 4: Configure Printer Settings

After adding your printer, you may want to configure some additional settings:

  • Step 1: In the “Printers & Scanners” preferences, select your newly added printer from the left-hand column.
  • Step 2: Here, you can adjust settings such as default paper size, print quality, and more. Take some time to explore these options and adjust them according to your preferences.


You have successfully added a printer to your Mac. Now you can start printing documents and enjoying the convenience of having a printer readily available for all your printing needs. Happy printing!

Note: If you encounter any issues while adding or using your printer on Mac, refer to the manufacturer’s documentation or support resources for further assistance.

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