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HP printer setup (Apple AirPrint for Mac)

AirPrint is a built-in printing solution for Mac computers. You can print from most apps that have a print feature.


To access additional printer features such as scanning and HP printer tools, download and install HP Smart - Mac App Store (in English).

Add the printer in macOS with AirPrint

To set up an HP printer with AirPrint, add the printer to the print queue in System Preferences.

  1. Make sure the printer is connected to the Mac or to the same Wi-Fi network that the Mac is connected to.

    • USB connection: Connect the cable to the USB port on the rear of the printer and to an available port on the Mac.

    • Wi-Fi connection for printers with control panel menus: On the printer, select the Setup, Network, or Wireless menu, select Wireless Setup Wizard, and then follow the instructions to connect the printer.

    • Wi-Fi connection for printers without a control panel menu: Press and hold the Wi-Fi button for three seconds until the Wi-Fi light blinks. Press the WPS button on your router, and then wait while the printer connects to the network.

      If your router does not have a WPS button, download the HP Smart app on your Mac or mobile device, and then follow the instructions in the app to set up your printer on the Wi-Fi network.

    • Wired (Ethernet) network connection: Connect the network cable to the printer Ethernet port and to an available port on the router or access point. At the printer port, the green light should be steady and the orange activity light should blink.

  2. Open the Apple menu , click System Preferences, and then click Print & Scan or Printers & Scanners.

  3. Look for your printer in the Printers list.

    • If your printer is listed, remove the printer before you add it with AirPrint. Click the printer name, click the Minus sign, click Delete printer, and then click the Plus sign to open the Add window.

    • If your printer is not listed, click the Plus sign.

  4. In the Add window, select your printer, and then select AirPrint or Secure AirPrint in the Use field.

    Adding a printer to System Preferences using AirPrint
  5. Click Add to complete the setup.

  6. Send a print job to make sure the printer setup was successful.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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How do I use the printer functions and settings with AirPrint?

Apple supports all standard printing and scanning functions and settings with AirPrint.

  • Print job setup and settings: Click File > Print. For the Photos app, select a layout, and then click Print. Click Show Details to view all options and settings.

  • Scan documents and photos: Click the Apple menu , click System Preferences, and then click Print & Scan or Printers & Scanners. Click Scan, click Open Scanner, and then click Show Details to view all options and settings.

    Changing scan settings in the Scan window

    Additional scan options:

    • HP Easy Scan app: Go to 123.hp.com to install the full feature driver and software. After completing the printer setup, go to Applications to find and open HP Easy Scan. Depending on your printer, this app supports scanning from the printer control panel to the computer or to an email account, two-sided (duplex) scanning, and creating editable scan files.

    • HP Smart app: Install HP Smart - Mac App Store (in English). Open the app, and then click the plus sign to set up your printer. Click the Scan tile on the home screen for options to scan from the printer, import an existing file, or use the computer camera or a webcam to capture and edit a photo or document.

    • Apple Image Capture: Open Image Capture from the Applications list, click your printer name in the Devices or Shared list, and then click Show Details to view all options and settings.

  • Check estimated ink levels: View the ink level indicators on the printer control panel, if available. Or print a self-test page or printer status report.

  • Access the printer homepage (network printers): Open the Print & Scan or Printers & Scanners window, select your printer, click Options & Supplies, and then click Show Printer Webpage.

    Clicking Show Printer Webpage
  • Fax: Use the buttons and menus on the printer control panel.

What if my Mac cannot find my printer?

Try these troubleshooting tips if the Mac does not locate the AirPrint printer.

  • Check the printer connection. Check the Wireless or Settings menu on the printer control panel or print a Network Configuration Page, and then make sure the printer is connected to the wireless network.

  • Check the computer connection. On your Mac, click the Network icon , and then make sure the Mac is connected to the wireless network.

  • Check for Mac updates. Open the Apple menu , click About this Mac, and then click Software Update to update your Mac.

  • Update the printer firmware. Go to HP Software and Driver Downloads to search for and download firmware updates for your printer.

  • Restart the router, printer, and Mac. Unplug the router, turn off the printer, and then close all programs on the Mac and shut it down. Turn on the router, wait for a successful internet connection, turn on the printer, and then turn on the Mac.

  • Reset the printing system. Open the Apple menu , click System Preferences, and then click Print & Scan or Printers & Scanners. Right-click or Ctrl + click anywhere in the Printers list, and then click Reset printing system. Restart your printer, and then re-add your printer to the list.






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