How to Connect my HP Printer Wirelessly to my Mac

HP printers work well with most platforms. However, it has been apparent that most HP printers have spotty support for Mac laptops. Thankfully, some of the newer releases from HP have been working well with the Mac OS X platform.

If you have an existing HP printer in your house and you want it to connect it to a Mac, you will be pleased to know that you can compare them successfully, even those that come with the older software. If you ever wondered, how to connect my HP printer wirelessly to my Mac, then you are in for a treat.

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In this article, we will teach you how to connect your existing HP printer wirelessly to any Mac. Before we go into detail about the different steps needed, let us first lay out the various factors to consider when choosing to connect these two devices.

Factors to Consider

Before jumping and trying out the steps to be mentioned later in this list, there are some factors you need to consider. These include compatibility issues and required hardware components.

1. Ensure Printer and System Compatibility

For your HP printer to work correctly with the Mac, the laptop should be running at least the OS X platform with version 10.4. A newer Mac OS will work better. To make sure if your HP printer is compatible with your Mac’s OS, you can check the HP support website. There you will see the different Mac OS versions that are supported by the different HP printers.

2. Install HP drivers for Mac OS X

Before connecting the HP printer to the Mac, you need the installer drivers. Most HP printers come with an installation driver disk. If you still have the drive, then you can plug it into the Mac and check whether the Mac supports the said driver.

3. Basic Printing Operation Without Drivers

If you do not have the installer driver disk, then you can still make use of the HP printer. However, you can only do basic printing tasks. With this, you will not be able to make use of the different useful features offered by the HP printer. This is the usual case for older HP printers that do not have the driver disk or even those that are no longer supported by the Mac OS platform.

4. Network Sharing Options

If the HP printer is no longer compatible with the Mac OS X platform, then another alternative is by sharing the printer through a Windows laptop via the house internet network. In this manner, the Mac laptop will still be able to connect to the shared HP printer and always be able to do printing tasks.

Mac laptops come with two USB ports. This way you can connect any devices that have USB connectivity, which includes HP printers. With this, you can join the HP printer by plugging it into the Mac USB ports. If the HP printer does not appear on the notifications on the taskbar, you can set up the connection manually.

How to Connect HP Printer Wirelessly to a Mac

With the advent of AirPrint, Mac laptops can virtually connect with almost all printers available. However, there are still some HP printers, especially the older units that only have support with Windows-powered computers and laptops. Thankfully, there is always a remedy for this kind of scenario.

The first thing you need to do is to download and then install the recent drivers that are supported by the Hp printer. With this, you need to go to the Apple server site and check for the latest drivers that are supported by the  HP printer you have.

To do this, you need to go to Safari and search for the driver file. Click on download and wait for the data to finish downloading. Go to Finder and then go to your Downloads folder. There you will find the HewlettPackardPrinterDriver5.1. Dmg file, double click on the file and then click continue. This will prompt you to the installation wizard. Follow the entire process by clicking the Continue button. Once you get to the License Agreement window, click on Agree and then press Install. This will prompt you to enter your password. Input the necessary information and then click on “Install Software.” This will continue the process and click on Finish when the process is over. After this, you need to set up your printer into the closest match to the driver.

HP usually names their printers with the same set of features along with similar unit numbers. For example, an HP Laserjet 1018 printer will have almost the same set of configurations and specifications for their other unit such as the HP Laserjet 1010, despite the difference in the year they were released. With this, you can always find a driver for similar HP printers on the internet. However, it is worth noting that not having the official driver will only permit basic printing tasks and will not come with added extras and features.

After installing the drivers, you need to go to the Mac System Preferences. After navigating through the settings, look for Printers and Scanners. Once you see the settings, click on “+.” It will show you a list of printers, select the unsupported HP printer. After this, click on the driver from the pop-up window and then click Select Software.

In this pop-up window, you need to search for similar names or model units as your HP printer. For example, if you have an HP LaserJet 1018, you can choose Mac supported HP printers such as LaserJet 1010, 1015 or 2022. You can do trial and error if in case the first model you selected does not work correctly. After selecting the closest unit driver from your existing HP printer, click on OK. After clicking on Ok, click on “Add.”

 

The steps above will successfully connect the HP printer to your Mac laptop. To test if the process was successful, you can do a test print. Open any text or Word document and then try to print the page. If the printer can churn out the correct word document, then you are done with the process.