Printer not showing up on Mac

Mac device is notorious for the network connectivity issues with printers. Many times, printer not showing on Mac when user need to print some important document. This problem is common, but fortunately, with the help of some simple troubleshooting steps this problem can be fixed. So, if your printer not showing up on Mac device, read the guide and follow the steps to troubleshoot the problems.

The first thing you have to do when Mac can’t find printer on wireless network is’; Double check the connection between your Mac, printer and WiFi network.  Also, make sure that there are no warning or error lights appearing on the display of the printer.

If your Mac device is not connecting to the WiFi network, then verify your printer to make sure that it is present within the range of WiFi signals. This is the will to cut down the fault connection and also do not forget to restart your printer and router.  To reset, all you have to do is press and hold the power button on your printer and router for a few seconds and after that again press the power button to turn the devices on.

Manually add the printer

One of the most common reasons that printer offline in Mac that printer is not being automatically recognized by the Mac device. To troubleshoot the problem, you need to press the ‘+’ present on the bottom-left corner of the printer list.

‘Default’ will show any printer connected physically to your  Mac. From the list, choose your printer and in case, you are unable to find the printer, proceed with ‘IP’, it will allow you to connect the printer to Mac.

Reset Printer to Factory Defaults

If your printer is trying to establish a connection but unable to do so, you can reset the printer to its factory default and then complete the setup again.  The reset and setup process will vary from printer model to model.  It is recommended to refer the usual manual of your printer to know about its reset process. However, you can also follow the common steps below to reset the printer if instructions are hard to find in the manual.

  • Turn off your printer. 
  • Unplug the printer from the power outlet and wait for a few seconds. 
  • Plug the printer back to the power outlet. 
  • Press and hold the ‘Resume’ button on your printer.

 So, if your Mac can’t find printer on wireless network, or unable to connect to the WiFi, you can follow the aforementioned troubleshooting steps. These guidelines will surely help you to fix the problem and make sure that nothing compromises your printing experience. Also, it is important for you to check and make sure that your WiFi is working fine and if it is not, you reset the router. We hope these troubleshooting steps will fix your problem, but if you are still finding it difficult to connect the printer on Mac, contact the experts and get professional advice to complete the task.