How do I connect my HP printer to my laptop

Connecting a printer to any network device has become easier over time with the improvement in technology, and wireless connectivity is something that every user prefers nowadays. Connecting the HP printer to your laptop will convert the physical documents into digital formats, which eventually helps a lot while running a large organization. In the past, if you haven’t attached the printer to any of the network devices (laptop), then the below section will help you solve the doubt - How do I connect my HP printer to my laptop. We have listed out two of the connection methods (Wired and Wireless). Depending on your choice, you can choose any of the two methods.

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CONNECTING THE HP PRINTER TO A LAPTOP (Wired Connection Method):

  • If your printer doesn’t support a wireless connection, then there is no other way except to use the wired connection (USB cable).
  • Turn off the printer, then insert one end of the USB cable to the USB port of your HP printer and the other end to the laptop’s USB port.
  • If the laptop is unable to find the printer, then use other USB ports to establish a wired connection between your HP printer and the laptop.
  • Connect your laptop to a reliable Internet connection.
  • Open the default web browser and land on the printer’s support page.
  • Enter your laptop’s OS version and select the relevant printer drivers from the list.
  • Download the appropriate printer drivers on your laptop.
  • Once the download is over, you can carry on with the driver installation steps.
  • Follow the prompts and finish the driver installation steps.
  • After that, go to the Start menu and then open the Control Panel.
  • Click on the Hardware and Sound menu and select the Devices and Printers option.
How do I connect my HP printer to my laptop
How do I connect my HP printer to my laptop
  • Click on Add a Printer and choose your HP printer from the list.
  • Now select Whether you want to share the printer with other devices or not and click on Next.
  • It is always recommended to keep your printer as a default one.
  • So, whenever you print anything, the printed document will be received on your HP printer without the need to select the printer each time.
  • Click the Finish tab to complete the overall wired connection process.

CONNECTING THE HP PRINTER TO A LAPTOP (Wireless Connection Method):

  • Once the initial and wireless connection setup is over on your printer and laptop, you can proceed with the following steps.
  • Ensure that your laptop and the printer use the same network and are placed within the Wi-Fi range.
  • Open the Windows Search bar and type printer.
  • Under Best match, click on the Printers & Scanners option.
  • In the Settings window, select Add a printer or scanner.
  • From the list of wireless printers available in the range, choose your printer.
  • Select Add device.
  • Wait patiently while the OS sets up the necessary drivers and adds the printer to the laptop.
  • If the prompt asks you to download additional software, download and install the software from the Microsoft Store.
How do I connect my HP printer to my laptop
  • Once the wireless connection is established, print a test page to check whether the printer is able to perform the printing task as per your commands.
  • Close the Settings page when you are finished.
  • If you were not able to see your HP printer’s name in the Add window, in that case, you need to connect the printer with your laptop by using a USB cable.

STEPS TO ESTABLISH A WIRELESS CONNECTION IN MAC:

How do I connect my HP printer to my laptop
  • Click on the Apple symbol in the top-left corner of the home screen.
  • From the drop-down menu, select System Preferences.
  • Click Printers & Scanners.
  • On the next window, click the + icon (near the screen's bottom-left corner).
  • If you have followed the above-given steps and established a wireless connection, the HP printer name will be displayed on your Mac screen.
  • If your Mac laptop is unable to find the printer, then you may need to connect the HP printer using a USB cable.
  • So, by following any of the connection methods, you can easily connect your HP printer to a laptop.