How to Install Printer on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Installing a Printer on Mac

Setting up a printer on your Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to seamlessly print documents and photos. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to install a printer on your Mac using macOS.

Step 1: Connecting the Printer

Before we begin the installation process, make sure your printer is properly connected to your Mac. Use a USB cable or connect wirelessly if your printer supports it. Once connected, power on the printer and ensure it is ready for use.

Step 2: Accessing System Preferences

To start installing your printer, click on the Apple menu icon in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” Alternatively, you can use the Spotlight Search (Cmd + Space) and type “System Preferences” to open it directly.

Step 3: Adding a Printer

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Printers & Scanners.” This will open the Printers & Scanners preferences pane. On the left-hand side of the pane, you will see a list of printers already installed on your Mac.

To add a new printer, click on the “+” button located below the list of printers. This action will prompt your Mac to search for available printers.

Step 4: Selecting Your Printer

Your Mac will now display a list of available printers in the nearby vicinity. Locate and select your printer from this list. If your printer is not listed or if you’re connecting via USB but it doesn’t appear automatically, ensure that it is properly connected and turned on.


If you are connecting via USB and have multiple printers connected simultaneously, make sure to select the correct one from the list.

Step 5: Completing the Installation

After selecting your printer, macOS will automatically download and install the necessary printer drivers. This process might take a few minutes, so please be patient.

Once the installation is complete, your printer will be added to the list of available printers. You can now start using it to print documents and photos from your Mac.

Additional Settings

If you want to set your newly installed printer as the default printer, simply right-click on its name in the Printers & Scanners preferences pane and select “Set default printer.”

You can also adjust various printing settings by clicking on the “Options & Supplies” button next to your printer’s name. This will allow you to configure paper size, print quality, and other advanced settings according to your requirements.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed a printer on your Mac.

Now you can enjoy hassle-free printing directly from your Mac without any additional complications. Remember, if you ever need to remove or add a new printer in the future, you can always revisit the Printers & Scanners preferences pane in System Preferences.

By following these simple steps and configuring any additional settings as needed, you can ensure that your printing experience on Mac is seamless and efficient.

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