How to Connect HP Printer [Issues & Solutions]

In this article, we will guide you on how to connect HP printer to your computer, Wi-Fi, phone, etc. We will also discuss the issues associated with this connection procedure and offer solutions to the issues.

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How to Connect HP Printer to Computer

You can connect an HP printer with your computer using any of the following methods:

i. You can connect HP printer using a USB cable.

ii. You connect HP printer via a wireless network.

1. How to Connect HP printer using USB Cable

With a USB cable, you can connect to an HP printer without Wi-Fi. In most cases, when you connect your HP printer with a USB cable; the printer will be connected and added automatically. All you need to do is to follow the on-screen prompts.

However, if your computer doesn’t connect automatically, then follow the steps below to connect HP printer via USB cable:

Step 1: Open your Printers folder (Windows users)

Windows Server 2003 or XP

i. Click on “Start”.

ii. Click on “Control Panel”.

iii. Click on “Printers and Other Hardware”.

iv. Click on “View Installed Printers”.

Windows Server 2008 or Vista

i. Click on the “Windows” icon.

ii. Click on “Control Panel”.

iii. Click on “Hardware and Sound”.

iv. Click on “Printers”.

Windows Server 2008 R2 or7

i. Click on the “Windows” icon.

ii. Click on “Devices and Printers”.

Windows Server 2012, 8, or 8.1

i. Move the cursor of your mouse to the top right or bottom right corner of your Desktop screen. This will cause the “Charms bar” to be displayed.

ii. Click “Settings”.

iii. Click on “Control Panel”.

iv. Click on “Views Devices and Printers” which can be found under the “Hardware and Sound” section.

Windows Server 2016 or 10

i. Click on the “Windows” icon.

ii. Click on “All Apps”.

iii. Click on “Windows System”.

iv. Click on “Control Panel”.

v. Click on “Views Devices and Printers” which can be found under the “Hardware and Sound” section.

Step 2: Click on “Add Printer or Scanner”.

Step 3: Once you have done the above, your printer should be detected and connected via USB.

Step 4: Click on your HP printer once it pops up and then complete the printer installation.

The guide above can also be used to connect an HP Photosmart printer to a computer.

If you also want to know how to connect an HP OfficeJet printer to your computer, how to connect an HP laserjet printer to WiFi, or how to connect an HP printer to your laptop, then you can also use the guide above.

2. How to Connect HP Wireless Printer

If you want your computer to connect to an HP printer wireless, then follow the steps below:

Step 1: Find your HP printer’s LAN settings

After turning on your HP printer, you need to locate your printer’s setup page. It is from this page that you will be able to change your printer’s wireless settings of your LAN.

The steps to get to your printer’s setup page will vary from model to model; therefore, you should consult your user manual for help. Nevertheless, in most cases, HP printers with an LCD screen can be easily navigated to that page.

Step 2: Connect your wireless network

Once you access the settings, look for the SSID. This can be found by moving your mouse to hover over the Wi-Fi icon which is at the taskbar’s bottom right.

Step 3: Complete the connection

After you have selected the SSID, then you can input the password of your network. Once you do that, your HP printer is now ready to print.

Step 4: Go to your Printers Folder

Use the steps we shared above to do this.

Step 5: Click on “Add printer or scanner”.

Step 6: Click on your HP printer when it appears as available.

Step 7: Click on “Add Device”. Once you do this, your printer will be automatically added to your computer.

You can then print your documents. 

The steps above will work for the following HP printer models: HP 2700, HP 2600, HP 2540, HP 2630, HP 2545, HP 2622, HP 2652, HP 2620, HP 2655, HP 3700, HP 3755, HP 3630, HP 3636, HP 3635, HP 3632, HP 3752, HP 3720, HP 3050, HP 410, HP 4155, HP 4500, HP 4100, HP 415, HP envy 6400, HP envy 6055, HP envy 7640, HP 8600, HP 8610, HP 8100, HP 9010, HP OfficeJet 3830, HP OfficeJet 4620, HP 5820, and HP 515.

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How to Connect HP Printer to Mac

To connect to HP printer to mac, use any of the following methods…

How to Connect HP Printer to Mac via a USB Cable

The steps will guide you on how to connect HP printer to Mac using a USB cable:

Step 1: Update your Mac Software.

Do the following to update Mac software:

i. Click on the Apple menu.

ii. Click on “System Preferences”.

iii. Click on “Software Update”.

iv. Install the listed software updates. 

If no update appears, then it means your Mac is up-to-date.

Step 2: Ensure that you load the main tray with paper.

Step 3: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 4: Connect a USB cable into the USB port of your printer.

Step 5: Connect the other end of the USB cable into the USB port of your Mac.

Download and install new software if you are prompted to do so.

The HP printer should be automatically connected at this point to your Mac.

If your printer doesn’t connect automatically after following the steps above, then do the following:

i. Disconnect the USB cable from your printer and computer

ii. Click on the Apple menu on your Mac.

iii. Click on “System Preferences”.

iv. Click on “Print and Scan”, “Printers & Scanners”, or “Print and Fax”.

v. Choose your printer from the list.

vi. Click on the Minus (-) sign.

vii. Restart your Mac.

viii. Plug a USB cable into your printer and the other end into your Mac.

Do not plug the USB cable into a docking station or USB hub as the power might not be sufficient for the printer to function optimally.

ix. Download and install the HP Smart app.

x. After doing that, launch the app and then follow the instructions to complete the printer setup.

If the setup fails to start automatically, then click on the Plus (+) sign to add your HP printer.

How to Connect HP Printer to Mac via Bluetooth

The steps will guide you on how to connect HP printer to Mac via Bluetooth:

Step 1: Update your Mac Software.

We discussed how to do this above.

Step 2: Ensure that you load your printer’s main tray with paper.

Step 3: Turn on your Mac’s Bluetooth.

To do this, simply click on the Bluetooth icon in the computer’s menu bar.

If you can’t find it there, click on the icon for the Apple menu, and then click on “System Preferences”, then “Bluetooth”, before clicking “Show Bluetooth in menu bar”.

Now click on the Bluetooth switch to turn it on.

Step 4: Turn on your HP printer.

Confirm that your printer supports Bluetooth connection and that the Bluetooth connection is enabled and ready to connect.

Step 5: Add your HP printer to the printer list of your Mac.

Do the following to add your printer to the list:

i. Click on the icon for the Apple menu on your Mac.

ii. Click on “System Preferences”.

iii. Click on “Printers & Scanners”.

iv. Click on the Plus (+) button. This is to add your printer.

v. Click on the button for default.

vi. Choose your HP printer from the list.

vii. Click on “Add”.

If you can’t find your printer, type in the name of your printer in the search field, then press “Return”

After the connection has been established, you might be prompted to download new software. When this happens, download and install the software.

How to Connect HP Printer to Mac via IP Address

The steps will guide you on how to connect HP printer to Mac via IP address:

Step 1: Update your Mac Software.

We discussed how to do this above.

Step 2: Ensure that you load the main tray with paper.

Step 3: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 4: Then follow steps 1 – 3 under the “How to Connect HP Wireless Printer” section.

Step 5: Add your HP printer to your Mac’s printer list.

Do the following to add your printer to the list:

i. Click on the icon for the Apple menu on your Mac.

ii. Click on “System Preferences”.

iii. Click on “Printers & Scanners”.

iv. Click on the Plus (+) button.

v. Click on the “IP” button.

vi. Enter the information of your HP printer.

  • Address: Type in your printer’s IP address in the Address field.
  • Protocol: Click on the Protocol pop-up button. Then select an option that suits your printer model. The options include AirPrint, HP Jetdirect, Line Printer Daemon, and Internet Printing Protocol.
  • Queue: This isn’t compulsory for all printers, but if your model requests it, then type the queue name if you know it. If you don’t, then contact HP Support. You can also try to leave it blank to see if you can do without filling it.
  • Name: Type in a descriptive name of your choice for your HP printer.
  • Location: Type in the location of your printer e.g. Home printer.
  • Use: In most cases, simply choose “Printer Software”, and then choose your HP printer from the list of displayed printers. If you can’t find your HP printer on the list, we recommend that you download and install your printer’s driver.

vi. Once you are done with entering the information, click on “Add”.

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How to Connect HP Printer to Chromebook

To connect your HP printer to Chromebook, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Update your Chromebook to the latest Chrome OS version.

Step 2: Ensure that you load the main tray with paper.

Step 3: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 4: Connect your HP printer to your Chromebook using any of the following methods:

USB Printer Connection – Method 1

All you need to do is to plug in one end of the USB cable into your Chromebook’s USB port and the other into your HP printer’s USB port.

Wireless Connection – Method 2

Use any of the following depending on your printer’s type:

  • HP printers that have a control panel menu: On your HP printer, open the menu for “Network”, “Wireless”, or “Setup”. Then choose “Wireless Setup Wizard”. After that, connect your HP printer to the wireless network by following the displayed instructions.
  • HP printers that lack a control panel menu: Press the button for “Wireless” for about 5 seconds.
  • HP DeskJet 6400 and 6000, ENVY 6400 and 60000, and HP Tango Printers: Press down the “Power” and “Wireless” buttons for about 5 seconds. Within 2 minutes, press down your router’s WPS button until the process of connection begins. The blue bar or Wireless light will stop flashing as soon as the connection process is completed.

Step 5: On your Chromebook, click on the clock that is located at the right corner at the bottom of the screen.

Step 6: Click on the icon for “Settings”.

Step 7: Scroll to the screen’s bottom.

Step 8: Click on “Advanced”. 

Step 9: Then under “Printing”, click on “Printers”.

Step 10: Click on “Add Printer”.

If your HP printer is displayed, choose it. After that, click on “Add”.

If your HP printer is not displayed, click on “Add Manually”. After that, follow the on-screen instructions. 

How to Connect HP printer to iPad or iPhone

Follow the steps below to learn how to connect HP printer to iPad or how to connect HP printer to iPhone.

Step 1: Connect to the Wi-Fi network

Using your Apple settings, choose “Wi-Fi”. This will cause the available networks to be displayed.

To make sure that the process is seamless, ensure that your iPad/iPhone and your HP printer are on the same wireless network.

Step 2: Find your HP printer

Open the application on your iPad or iPhone that you intend to print from.

Then find the documents you want to print, and then tap on the share icon.

From the options under share, tap the icon for “Print”.

After that, choose your HP printer.

Step 3: Print the document

Your iPhone or iPad will display a preview page and present customization options for the print job as well as the number of copies to be printed.

After you are done with the customization, then tap on “Print” to complete your print job.

How to Connect iPhone to HP Printer without Wifi

To connect your iPhone to an HP printer without WiFi, then you need to set up Wireless Direct mode if your printer supports it.

How to Connect and Print from your iPhone with HP Wireless Direct

Follow the steps below to connect and print from your iPhone using HP Wireless Direct:

Step 1: Tap the icon for HP Wireless Direct on your HP printer’s control panel to turn the connection on. Or you could navigate to Wireless Direct from Network Setup > Wireless Settings > Wireless Direct before turning it on.

Step 2: Choose “On” or “On with security” to set a password.

We recommend you do this to restrict unwanted access.

Step3: On your iPhone, tap on “Settings”, then “Wi-Fi”.

Step 4: Choose your HP printer from the displayed network list.

If you can’t find your printer, then it could be out of your wireless network’s range. Therefore, you need to bring your mobile device closer to your printer.

Step 5: You might be prompted to enter the password you initially entered on the printer’s control panel. If this happens, simply type in the password.

Step 6: Open the file you intend to print.

Step 7: From the action or app menu, tap “Print”.

In the event that the application doesn’t support printing, then we recommend that you install on your device the HP ePrint mobile app. You can get it either from Google Play Store or Apple Store.

Step 8: Choose your printer from the printer list.

Step 9: Tap on “Print”.

Step 10: Reconnect your iPhone to your main wireless network once you are done with printing.  

How to Connect HP Printer to Android Phone

To connect your HP printer to android, follow these steps:

Step 1: Add your HP printer to Google Cloud Print

To add your HP printer to Google Cloud Print, do the following:

i. On your computer, open the Google Chrome browser.

ii. At the browser’s upper right corner, you will find three arranged dots, click on them.

iii. Click on “Settings”.

iv. Scroll down the page until your find “Advanced Settings”, click on it.

v. Scroll down till you get to “Printing”, then click on “Google Cloud Print”.

vi. Click on “Manage Cloud Print Devices”.

vii. When the new window appears, click on “Add Printers”.

viii. Choose your HP wireless printer. You should do this after confirming that your HP printer is powered on.

Step 2: Download to your android phone the Google Cloud Print application

To download the Google Cloud Print application into your android phone, do the following:

i. From your android phone, launch Play Store.

ii. In the search field, type in “Cloud Print”.

iii. Choose “Cloud Print by Google Inc.”.

iv. Install the app.

Step 3: Print via your android phone

To print from your android phone on your HP printer, do the following:

i. Locate and open the document or file you intend to print on your android device.

ii. Locate the three arranged dots at the document’s upper right corner and tap on it.

iii. Tap “Print”.

iv. Select your HP printer and then tap on the icon for the printer to print the file.

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How to Connect HP Printer to Android Phone with a USB

You can connect to an HP printer from android using a USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable. To do this, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Confirm that your android phone and HP printer meet these requirements:

i. Your HP printer supports android phone printing via USB On-The-Go cable connection.

While most HP printers have this kind of printing support, there are a few that don’t. Therefore, find out from HP or your user manual if your printer is one of those few.

ii. Your printer’s hardware is already set up.

iii. Your phone must be an Android OS 4.0 (KitKat) or above and must support USB OTG.

To confirm this you can check your android device’s user manual for your product’s specifications or consult your manufacturer.

iv. Your android device has the HP Printer Service Plugin already installed in it.

If it doesn’t, then you have to download it.

v. You need a USB cable and a USB OTG cable.

Step 2: Create a connection between your android device and your HP printer using the USB OTG cable

To do this, do the following:

i. Turn on your HP printer.

ii. Take the USB cable and connect one of its ends to your printer’s USB port.

iii. Take the USB cable and connect the other end to the OTG cable’s USB port.

iv. Take the OTG cable and plug in the micro-USB connector into your Android phone’s micro-USB port.

A window for HP Print Service Plugin will then appear.

v. Tap on “OK”.

This will activate the plugin thereby making your device ready for printing.

Step 3: Print via your android phone

To print files stored on your device, simply follow the instructions we shared above on how to print via your android phone under the “How to connect HP printer to android phone” section.

If you want to print from a webpage, email, or cloud storage, do the following:

i. Open the file or item you intend to print.

ii. Tap on “Share” or the icon for “Share”.

iii. Tap on “Print”.

This action will cause a print preview window to be displayed.

iv. On the preview window, tap on the down arrow.

This will display the list of printers.

v. Tap “USB: HP (followed by your printer model name)” from the available printers. 

vi. Tap on the down arrow again to make changes to the print settings as desired.

vii. Tap on the icon for “Print”.

Using a USB OTG cable is one way to connect a phone to an HP printer without WiFi.

How to Connect HP Printer to New WiFi

The following will guide you on how to connect HP printer with new wifi:

1. Restore the default settings of your printer’s network

Use any of the following that is applicable to your HP printer’s model to restore the default network settings:

  • Touchscreen printers: On your printer, go to the settings for “Wireless”, and then choose “Restore Network Defaults” or the menu for “Restore Settings”.
  • Printers without Control Panel Menu: Press down the buttons for “Cancel” and “Wireless”. Do this until your printer’s power and wireless lights blink.
  • HP Envy 6000, All-in-One 6400, DeskJet Plus IA 6000, and Pro 6400: Press down the button for “Wireless” for about 5 seconds until you see the Edge light flash purple. This might require a few attempts before the light flashes.
  • HP Tango Printers: Press down the button for “Wireless” for about 5 seconds until you see the light at the front flash blue.
  • HP Laser Printers (Not LaserJet): Press down the button for “Wireless” until you see the Attention Light flash. Your HP printer might even restart; so, don’t worry if it does that.

2. Download and install on your device the HP Smart app, and then set up your HP printer

To connect your HP printer to wifi, you will need to download and install the HP smart app on your device and set up your printer.

How to Download and Install the HP Smart app on your Device

Follow the instructions below to do this:

i. Move your printer closer to your router.

ii. Ensure that there is paper in the printer’s main tray.

iii. Power on your HP printer.

iv. Download the app if you don’t have it. You can get it from your device’s app store or 123.hp.com.

v. After installing it, open the app and follow the onscreen instructions to set up your printer.

We recommend you use this method if you want to connect your HP Photosmart printer to WiFi.

3. Use the following additional methods to connect your printer

How to Connect HP Printer via Wifi using Wireless Setup Wizard (Touchscreen Printers)

To connect HP printer via Wi-Fi using Wireless Setup Wizard, do the following:

i. Move your printer close to your router.

ii. Ensure that there is paper in the printer’s main tray.

iii. Power on your HP printer.

iv. From your printer’s Wireless Settings, choose the “Wireless Setup Wizard” or “Network Setup” menu.

v. Choose your wireless network name.

vi. Enter the network’s password to establish the connection.

Note: If on the list you can’t find Wireless Setup Wizard, then choose “WPS” or “Wi-Fi Protect Setup”, then choose “Push Button”. After that, follow the instructions to establish the connection.

How to Connect HP printer with wifi using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Non-Touchscreen Printers)

To connect HP printer with Wi-Fi using Wi-Fi Protected Setup, do the following:

i. Move your printer close to your router.

ii. Ensure that there is paper in the printer’s main tray.

iii. Power on your HP printer.

iv. Press down the button for “Wireless” for about 5 seconds until you see the light blinking.

If you own an HP Tango printer, then you are to press down the buttons for “Power” and “Wireless” until you see the blue bar flashing

v. Then press down your router’s WPS button until the process of connection is initiated.

vi. Wait until the printer’s light stops blinking.

How to Connect HP printer to wifi via Wi-Fi Direct

Another option you can use to connect your HP printer to Wi-Fi is via Wi-Direct. This option is best used when there is no available local wireless network. It was introduced in 2014; hence, older printers may not have this function.

With Wi-Fi Direct, you can connect your HP printer to your Android device, iOS device, iPadOS device, Windows 10 computer, Mac computer, and Chromebook.

We have discussed how to connect your HP printer with Wi-Fi Direct for each of the above-mentioned devices in the “Connect to HP Printer Wifi Direct” section above. Follow the instructions we shared in that section if you choose to use this method to connect your HP printer to Wi-Fi.

The guideline above will also help you to connect an HP printer to a new router and also connect an HP printer to a modem. Furthermore, if you want to connect HP printer without HP smart, then you can use the above guideline.

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How to Connect HP Printer to Router with Ethernet Cable

To connect HP printer via Ethernet, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Ensure that there is paper in the printer’s main tray.

Step 2: Power on your HP printer.

Step 3: Take away any protective cover or plug from your HP printer’s Ethernet port.

Step 4: Take an Ethernet cable and plug one end into your router.

Step 5: Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into your printer’s Ethernet port.

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HP Printer Will Not Stay Connected to Wifi [Solved]

If your HP printer will not stay connected to Wi-Fi, then try the following solutions to fix it:

1. Ensure that your HP printer is directly connected to an electrical outlet

If you are asking “Why did my HP printer stop connecting to wifi?” then it could be because you connected your printer to indirect power sources such as a surge protector instead of an electrical outlet.

Such a power source might not be supplying enough power into your printer that is required for it to sustain the connection it has established with your Wi-Fi.

To fix this, simply unplug your printer’s power cable from such a power source and plug it directly into an electrical outlet.

2. Disable your computer’s Bluetooth as well as other interference

To disable the Bluetooth on your computer, do the following:

i. Move your mouse cursor to the bottom-right corner of your screen directly on the taskbar.

ii. Locate the icon for “Bluetooth”, then right-click on it.

iii. Click on “Open Settings”.

iv. When the window for settings comes up, locate the button under “Bluetooth”, and then toggle it to “Off”.

Another setting you need to disable is the IPV6 service in your HP printer. To do this, we recommend that you consult your user manual.

3. Disable your antivirus and firewall

The settings on your antivirus and firewall might be causing your HP printer to get disconnected from the Wi-Fi. Therefore, the best way to fix this is to disable the antivirus as well as firewall temporarily.

After you disable both programs, check if the issue is fixed. If it is, you might have to change the settings of both programs to allow your printer to stay connected to the Wi-Fi.

If disabling both programs doesn’t fix the issue, then you should try the next solution.

4. Run the SFC command on your computer to scan and also repair your PC’s system files

How to Run SFC Command on your Computer

To run the SFC command on your computer, do the following:

i. Press the “Windows” and “X” keys on your keyboard.

ii. Click on “PowerShell (Admin).

iii. Type “sfc/scannow”

iv. Press “Enter” on your keyboard. This will begin to run the SFC command.

v. Once it is completed, restart your computer.

Then check if the problem has been fixed.

5. Run the DSIM command

How to Run DSIM Command on Computer

To run the DSIM command on your computer, do the following:

i. Press the “Windows” and “X” keys on your keyboard.

ii. Click on “PowerShell (Admin).

iii. Type “DSIM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth”

iv. Press “Enter” on your keyboard. This will begin to run the SFC command.

Then check if the problem has been fixed.

If none of the solutions above fixes the problem, then you need to reach out to HP support and your Network provider.

How to Connect HP Printer to Netgear Wireless Router

To connect HP printer to Netgear Wireless Router, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Plug in your printer’s cable into an outlet.

Step 2: Connect a USB cable to your HP printer.

Step 3: Connect the other end of the USB cable into your computer which is already connected to the network of your Netgear Wireless router.

Step 4: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 5: Install the software of your printer. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the software. You might have to restart your computer.

Step 6: Go to your computer’s “Network and Sharing Center”.

Step 7: Turn on “Printer Sharing”, then click on “Apply”.

Step 8: Test the network configuration. To do this, simply print from your HP printer but via a different computer that is on the same network as the Netgear Wireless router.

Step 9: Go to your Printer Folder on your computer.

Make use of the instructions we shared earlier in this article under the “How to connect HP printer using cable” section to do this.

Step 10: Click on “Add a printer”. Then follow the process to add your printer.

Step 11: Then send a test page to your HP printer from a different computer that is on the same network as the Netgear Wireless router.

How to Connect HP Printer to Xfinity Router

The steps below will guide you on how to connect your HP printer to an Xfinity WiFi router:

Step 1: Navigate to the control panel of your HP printer.

Step 2: Select the option for “Settings” or “Setup”.

Step 3: Choose “Wireless” or “Network”.

Step 4: Choose the name of your router’s wireless network (also known as the SSID).

The name can be found on the router’s body or the user manual.

Step 5: Go to your Printers Folder, and then add your printer.

How to Connect HP Printer to Orbi Router

Follow the steps to connect HP printer to Orbi router:

Step 1: Take an Ethernet cable and connect one end into your HP printer’s Ethernet port.

Step 2: Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port of your Orbi router.

Step 3: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 4: Turn on your router.

Step 5: Wait for both devices to communicate.

Step 6: Print out a configuration page.

Step 7: Install the printer driver on your computer.

You could do this via USB for USB HP printers, the installation CD, or download it online.

Step 8: Restart your PC.

Step 9: Go to the Printers Folder.

Step 10: Locate your printer and right-click on it.

Step 11: Click on “Properties”.

Step 12: Click on the tab labeled “Sharing”.

Step 13: Click on “Devices and Printers”.

Your printer is now connected to your Orbi router.

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How Do I Connect My HP Printer to My Hotspot? [Quick Guide]

Follow the steps below to learn how to connect HP printer to hotspot:

Step 1: Open your Windows computer’s control panel.

Step 2: Click on “Network and Internet”.

Step 3: Click on “Network and Sharing Center”.

Step 4: Click on “Change Adapter Options”.

Step 5: Right-click “Wireless Network connection”.

Step 6: Click on “Properties”.

Step 7: Click on “Configure”.

Step 8: Click on “Advance”.

Step 9: Under properties, ensure that “802.11n Preamble” is selected.

Step 10: Choose “mixed mode”.

Step 11: Click on “OK”, then click on “Done”.

You can use these steps if you want to connect an HP printer without a USB cable.

How to Connect HP Printer via Bluetooth

Follow the steps below to connect an HP printer via Bluetooth to your computer or any Bluetooth supported device:

Step 1: Turn on your HP printer’s Bluetooth.

  • Some models have a Bluetooth button that you can simply press to enable the connection. 
  • Alternatively, you can move to the “Network” menu or “Setup” on your printer to get to the Bluetooth settings.

Step 2: Open your device’s Bluetooth settings.

Confirm that the connection is turned on.

Step 3: Choose your HP printer from the device list.

Step 4: Follow the instructions to add your HP printer.

If you own an HP Officejet 100 mobile printer, then you can connect to Bluetooth with the steps above.

Why Is My HP Printer Connected But Offline? [How to Fix]

If you cannot connect your HP printer because it is offline, then there are several solutions you can use to fix this problem.

We have written an extensive article: HP printer offline that discusses all the reasons why your HP printer is offline as well as the solutions to each reason. We recommend that you read that article if you have this problem.  

How to Connect HP Printer Using WPS

To connect HP printer via WPS, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Confirm that your wireless router possesses a WPS button. You can also check for the WPS icon.

Without a WPS button, you will not be able to carry out this connection process.

Step 2: Move your HP printer closer to your router.

Step 3: Place your printer into WPS connection mode.

To do the above, follow any of the methods below depending on your HP printer type:

  • Touchscreen printers: Open “Setup”, and then select the settings menu for “Wireless” or “Network”. After that, choose “Wi-Fi Protected Setup”, and then choose “Push Button”. Finally, select “Start”.
  • Non-touchscreen printers: Press down the button for “Wireless” for about 5 seconds. Do this until you see the wireless light blink.
  • HP Tango printers: Press down the power as well as “Wireless” buttons at the same time. Do this for about 5 seconds until you see the blue bar blink.

Step 4: Within 2 minutes, press down your router’s WPS button for about 3 to 5 seconds. Do this until the process of connection is initiated.

Step 5: Move back to your HP printer and check the bar and wireless light status.

  • If the blue bar of the light stops blinking, then the connection is successful. Therefore, move to the step below.
  • If the blue bar or light is still blinking or it is off, then the connection has failed. Therefore, you should move your HP printer router closer to your router. After that, repeat the steps above. If the connection is still not successful after doing that, then you should contact HP Support and your router manufacturer.

Step 6: Confirm that your computer is connected to the wireless network that your printer is connected to.

Step 7: You should also install your printer’s software on your computer if you don’t have it and then carry out the wireless connection setup.

If you want to connect an HP printer to an AT&T router, then you can use these steps provided the router has a WPS button.

Why Will My HP Printer Not Connect To The Server? [Solved]

If your HP printer was unable to connect to the server, then try the troubleshooting options below to fix this problem:

1. Check your HP Printer’s Connection

Confirm that your HP printer is indeed connected to the HP Web Services. If you have a USB cable plugged into your printer, then you need to unplug it since it will prevent the connection from being established.

You should also confirm the connection status of your HP printer. You can do this by opening the menu of your “Settings” or “Wireless Network” on the printer’s LCD.

The wireless light on your HP printer is supposed to be turned on if your printer has been connected to the server. If the light is not turned on, then you have to connect your HP printer to the HP Web Services.

2. Restart Your HP Printer, Router, and Computer

If your HP printer can’t connect to the server, then restarting your printer, router and computer might fix the problem.

How to Restart your HP Printer, Router and Computer

Do the following to restart your HP printer, router, and computer:

i. Power off and unplug your router.

ii. Power off your HP printer.

iii. Turn off your computer.

iv. Plug in your router and power it on.

v. Power on your HP printer.

vi. Turn on your computer.

3. Turn on HP Web Services via the Embedded Web Server Webpage

How to Turn on HP Web Services via the Embedded Web Server Webpage

Follow the steps below to turn on HP Web Services via the Embedded Web Server webpage:

Step 1: Open your Windows computer’s web browser.

Step 2: Enter the Embedded Web Server URL in the browser’s address bar. This URL can be found on your printer’s Network Configuration Page. The URL will look like http://169.132.322.67.

Step 3: Once the EWS page opens click on “Web Services Tab”.

Step 4: Press the button for “Enable”, “Turn On”, or “Continue” as the case may be on the tab labeled “Web Services”.

After that, follow the instructions on the setup wizard.

4. Change your HP Printer’s DNS Settings

How to Change your HP Printer’s DNS Settings

Do the following to change your HP printer’s DNNS settings if your HP printer cannot connect to the server:

Step 1: Open the Embedded Web Server page.

Follow the instructions we shared above to do this.

Step 2: Click on “Wireless”.

This can be found on the Network tab’s left side.

Step 3: Choose the tab for “IPv4”.

Step 4: In the first DNS field, type in “8.8.8.8”; this is Google’s IP address.

Step 5: Click on “Apply”.

These steps will allow you to configure your HP printer to make use of Google’s DNS rather than that of the router.

5. Update your HP Printer Firmware

If your HP printer says it cannot connect to the server, then updating your printer firmware might just solve the problem.

To update your HP printer firmware, follow the guidelines we shared in the “How to Update HP Printer Firmware” section of this article.

6. Run the HP Print and Scan Doctor

How to Run the HP Print and Scan Doctor

Follow the steps below to run the HP Print and Scan Doctor if your HP printer is unable to connect to web services:

Step 1: Download and install the HP Print and Scan Doctor software.

Step 2: Click on “HPPSdr.exe”.

With this action, the window for the HP Print and Scan Doctor will be opened.

Step 3: Click on “Start”.

Step 4: Choose your printer.

Step 5: Press the button labeled “Next”.

Step 6: Choose “Fix Scanning”.

This will cause the software to try to fix the reason why your HP printer cannot connect to web services.

Step 7: Follow the instructions shown to fix the detected issues.

How to Connect HP Printer [Other Issues & Solutions]

Solutions to other “how to connect to HP printer” issues that we didn’t discuss in this article are provided in the linked articles below.

How to Connect To HP Printer Wifi Direct [Quick Guide]

Connecting your HP printer to WiFi Direct doesn’t have to be a hassle. This article: How to connect to HP printer WiFi direct [Quick Guide] will guide you on how to connect your HP printer to WiFi Direct within minutes.

Why is my HP Printer Not Connecting to WiFi? [Reasons & Solutions]

If you are asking “why is my HP printer not connecting to WiFi?” we advise that you read this article: Why is my HP printer not connecting to WiFi [Reasons & Solutions] where we provide detailed answers to your question and solutions to this issue.