Why Is My HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided? [Solutions]

If you are asking “Why is my HP printer not printing double sided?” this article will provide you with reasons why this happens and solutions to this issue.

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HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided [Reasons]

Reasons responsible for your HP printer not printing double sided include:

i. Faulty or corrupted HP printer driver.

ii. Corrupted temporary files.

iii. Double printing option is not selected.

iv. The loaded print media or paper type is not acceptable for double-sided printing.

HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided [Solved]

If your HP printer is not printing both sides, do the solution below to fix the problem depending on the type of computer you are using.

How to Fix HP Printer Not Printing On Both Sides on Windows

Do the steps below to fix the problem if your HP printer does not print on both sides:

Step 1: Uninstall your HP printer by going to “Programs and features” on your computer.

Ensure that your printer is turned off and is disconnected from your computer during the uninstallation process.

Step 2: Go to “Device Manager” on your computer and check if your HP printer is on the list. If you find it there, delete it.

Step 3: On your computer, navigate to “Devices and Printers” and click on any listed printed. Some options will be shown as you do this.

Step 4: Click “Print Server Properties”.

Step 5: Once you do step 4, you will see a popup. Now, click the tab for “Drivers”.

Step 6: Delete every HP printer driver that is on the list.

Step 7: Delete all your HP printer occurrences in the printers list.

Step 8: Restart your computer.

Step 9: After your computer has finished booting and is ready to be used, press the “Windows” and “R” keys on your keyboard. This action will cause the dialog box for the Run app to appear.

Step 10: In the box, type “%temp%”.

Step 11: Press the “Enter” key on your keyboard or click “OK”. The folder for temporary files will open.

Step 12: Delete all the files in the open folder. Press the “ctrl” and “A” keys on your keyboard to select all the files. Then press “delete” on your keyboard to delete the files.

Note: Some files might refuse to delete. If this happens, just ignore it provided that you selected them when you deleted the temporary files.

Step 13 (Optional): Delete your HP printer from your computer’s registries using a 3rd party app such as Regedit.

Step 14: Restart your computer.

Step 15: Download your computer’s current full feature driver from https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/printers.

Step 16: Install the driver on your computer.

Step 17: You should only connect your HP printer to your PC when you get a prompt during the installation setup.

The steps above can be used to fix the HP printer not printing double sided on Windows 10 problem.

How to Fix HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided on Mac

If your HP printer is not printing 2 sided on Mac, do the steps below to fix the problem:

Step 1: Click the “Apple” icon at the upper part of the computer’s screen.

Step 2: Click on “System Preferences”.

Step 3: Click “Printers & Scanners”.

Step 4: Choose your HP printer.

Step 5: Click on “Options & Supplies”.

Step 6: Ensure that the feature “Double Printing Unit” is checked. If it is not, ensure that you check it.

This article: HP Printer Not Printing [Issues & Solutions] is what you need if you want to know more about HP printer not printing issues.

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How to Fix HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided Automatically on Windows

To fix the HP printer not printing double sided automatically on Windows problem, do the following steps:

Step 1: Load your printer’s paper tray with enough paper.

Note: Don’t attempt to print double-sided on envelopes, glossy paper, transparencies, or photo paper. Doing so might lead to paper jams in your HP printer. You shouldn’t print 2-sided on any paper that weighs less than 16 lb. (60 g/m2) or weighs more than 28 lb. (105 g/m2).

Step 2: Open the file you want to print.

Step 3: Click on “File”.

Step 4: Click on “Print”.

Step 5: Click on any of these depending on what is displayed: “Printer Properties”, “Printer Setup”, or “Preferences”.

This action will cause the window for “Properties” to open.

Step 6: Choose if you intend the pages to be in tablet or booklet format.

If it is in booklet layout, the pages will open to the left.

If it is in tablet layout, the pages will open upward.

Step 6: Open and choose the settings for duplex printing using any of the methods below.

Note: The names of the menu differ from model to model.

i. If you see a tab for “Layout”, “Finishing” or “Features”, click on it. In the setting for “Print on Both Sides Manually” or “Print on Both Sides”, choose the options “Binding” and “Page Flip on Long Edge” for booklet layout or “Flip on Short Edge” for tablet layout.

ii. If you see a tab for “Printing Shortcut”, click on it. Choose the shortcut “Two-Sided (Duplex) Printing”. From the menu for “Two-sided (Duplex) Printing” or “Print on Both Sides Manually”, choose the option “Flip on Long Edge” for booklet layout or “Flip on Short Edge” for tablet layout.

Step 7: Click on “OK”.

Step 8: Click on “Print”.

If your printer still fails to print double-sided, then you need to contact HP for further assistance and support. 

How to Fix HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided Automatically on Mac

To fix the HP printer not printing double sided automatically on Mac problem, do the following steps:

Step 1: Load your printer’s paper tray with enough paper.

Note: Don’t attempt to print double-sided on envelopes, glossy paper, transparencies, or photo paper. Doing so might lead to paper jams in your HP printer. You shouldn’t print 2-sided on any paper that weighs less than 16 lb. (60 g/m2) or weighs more than 28 lb. (105 g/m2).

Step 2: Choose if you intend the pages to be in tablet or booklet format.

If it is in booklet layout, the pages will open to the left.

If it is in tablet layout, the pages will open upward.

Step 3: Open the file you want to print.

Step 4: Click on “File”.

Step 5: Click on “Print”.

Step 6: Click on “Show Details”.  

  • If you can see the setting for “Two-Sided”, ensure that you click on the checkbox if it isn’t checked. Choose “Layout” from the option menu without label. If you want a booklet layout, choose “Long-Edge binding” or if you want a tablet layout, choose “Short-Edge binding”. After that, click on “Print”.
  • If you can’t see the setting for “Two-sided”, it means you have to do it manually. You can also contact HP for further assistance and support.