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How to Add a Printer to a Mac — In Simple English

How to Add a Printer to a Mac — In Simple English
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Are you one of the many folks out there wondering how to add a printer to a Mac computer? Or you just switched from a Windows computer and the new interface seems confusing?

We know how difficult such a change can be which is why we’ve taken the time to write this article. In easy to follow steps, we’ll show you how to add your printer to your mac.

For easy understanding, we will deal with wired printers and Bluetooth printers alone. To a add a wireless or a network printer, please read this article.

For windows users, you can learn how to add a printer to your computer here.

A little About Mac AirPrint

Mac OS usually uses AirPrint whenever a printer is to be added. It allows you to automatically download the printer’s driver or software.

It is recommended you make use of the latest driver which Mac Os will ask you to download.

Do not install the driver/software that your printer came with. Do not use the one downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website either.

For a printer to be compatible with Mac Os, it has to be Airprint-enabled. To be sure of your printer’s compatibility status; check this site.

An all-in-one printer we are certain is Airprint-enabled and is highly recommended is the Epson Workforce Pro WF-R5690.

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Adding a USB Printer to Your Mac

In most cases, when adding a USB printer to your Mac, you don’t need to do much. All you need to do is connect to your PC via USB.

The Os takes over from here; provided you have updated software. It will automatically detect the connected printer.

Then it will download the printer driver required.

When this is done, it will also add the printer to your computer. It is that easy. However, some USB printers need you to complete a series of steps to add your printer. So, let’s go through these steps one after the other.

Step 1: Update your Mac software

Select the “Apple menu” then “System preferences”. Click on the “Software update”. You will see a list of software updates your computer requires; install them. If no update list appears, this means your mac is updated.

You must do this before going any further. Failure to do this will cause a “software is not available” message to show up when you try to connect the printer.

Step 2: Ready your printer

If you just got the printer, this will be where you install the toner or ink as the case may be and insert the paper you’ll be using.

Step 3: Turn on your printer

Before going on to other steps, you have to turn on your printer.

To do this, locate your printer’s power button/switch. The position of the power button/switch varies from printer to printer.

It is important to know that your printer won’t turn on if it isn’t connected to a power source.

Also, make sure it is well connected and ready to use without any error of any kind.

Step 4: Connect/Add printer to Mac

Connecting a printer to a device is not the same as adding a printer to a device. We must get that clear to avoid confusion.

To connect your USB printer to your Mac, simply plug the printer’s USB cable to a USB port on your PC.

If your computer lacks a USB port, you’ll have to get a USB-C to USB adapter. If you are in this category, we recommend this Apple USB-C to USB Adapter.

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Step 5: Click Install

Step 4 will prompt you to install (add) your printer. Comply by clicking the “install” button. Then follow the instructions as they pop up.

When you do this, you might get a message to download new software. Make sure you do else you won’t be able to add your printer.

Once the download is complete and the driver installed, you can now print with your printer.

The video below is a tutorial on how to add a printer to mac computer.

Adding a Bluetooth Printer

In case you were wondering, you can also add a Bluetooth printer to your Mac. Stick to the steps below carefully to learn how.

Step 1: Update your Mac software

Select the “Apple menu” then “System preferences”. Click on the “Software update”. You will see a list of software updates your PC requires; install them. If no update list appears, this means your computer is updated.

You must do this before going any further. Failure to do this will cause a “software is not available” message to show up when you try to connect the printer.

Step 2: Ready your printer

If you just got the printer, this will be where you install the toner or ink as the case may be and add the paper you’ll be using.

Also, make sure it is well connected and ready to use without any error of any kind.

Step 3: Connect printer to Mac

Today, there are different brands and models of printers in the market. As a result, we cannot definitely give detailed on how to do carry out this step.

So, we recommend you consult your printer’s manual. You’ll see the instructions that will help you connect with Bluetooth; follow it.

Step 4: Add the printer to Mac

Select the “Apple Menu” then “System Preferences” and click “Printers and scanners”.

Click on the “Add” button and then “Default”.

From the list of available printers shown, select your printer and click “Add“.

In the event your printer is not listed, do a search in the search field and enter the printer’s name.

Also, make sure that your Mac has the latest Bluetooth driver for the printer you want to add/install. You can always download an updated driver from your printer manufacturer’s website.

After connecting your printer, you might be prompted to download new software. Ensure you do so and install the software.

Among the numerous reliable Bluetooth printers, one we recommend is the Canon TS5120.

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Conclusion

Adding your printer to Mac shouldn’t necessarily be a herculean task. We’re sure with the steps above, you will be able to complete your ‘labors’.

If followed accordingly, your printer should be operational in no time. In fact, you’ll have it added in less time than it takes for you to unpack your printer.

In case you have further questions, we’ll like to hear from you. Do let us know in the comments section below.

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