Adding a printer to Windows 10 PC is extremely easy. You just need to connect the printer cable to your PC and then add the printer from the printers and scanners section of the Settings app. But what if you want to add a wireless printer to your Windows 10 PC?
Luckily, adding a wireless printer to Windows 10 PC is not as difficult as it sounds. You just need to connect both your PC and wireless printer to the same Wi-Fi network to add the printer to Windows 10 PC.
In this guide, we will see how to add a wireless printer to Windows 10 PC.
Add wireless printer to Windows 10 computer
Step 1: As pointed out earlier, both your Windows 10 PC as well as your Wireless printer must be on the same Wi-Fi network. So, you need to connect your printer to your Wi-Fi network.
The procedure to connect a wireless printer to a Wi-Fi network depends on the printer manufacturer and printer model.
On my HP printer, I just need to press the wireless button on the printer, press the WPS button on the modem and then press the OK button on the printer again to connect the printer to the Wi-Fi network. The process is more or less the same on most other printers.
If you own a printer with a touch-display, your printer likely has an option under settings to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Check your printer’s user manual for step-by-step directions.
Once the printer is connected to your Wi-Fi network, it displays its address which you can also use to add the printer to Windows 10 PC.
Step 2: The next step is to make sure that your PC is also connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can check that by simply clicking on the wireless network icon in the system tray.
Step 3: Now that your printer and PC are on the same network, open the Settings app and navigate to Devices > Printers & Scanners.
Step 4: Click the Add a printer or scanner option to start scanning for connected printers and scanning, including wireless scanners and printers.
In no time, your Windows 10 PC will discover your wireless printer. If your PC fails to discover the printer, check the status of your printer. Make sure that the printer is turned on. Once again, check if the printer is wirelessly connected to your Wi-Fi network.
NOTE 1: If Windows 10 is not detecting your printer, click The printer that I want isn’t listed link to open Add a printer dialog. Here, Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname, click Next button, and then enter the IP address of the printer that you can see on the printer display to help Windows 10 discover your printer.
NOTE 2: If you are experiencing issues with the printer, please use the official printer troubleshooter for Windows 10.
Step 5: Once Windows 10 discovers and lists your wireless printer, click on the printer entry to see the Add device button. Click the Add device button to add your printer to Windows 10 PC.
You will see “Ready” message just below the printer name once the printer is ready for use from your Windows 10 PC.
Step 6: Try to print out something from your Windows 10 PC now. Your wireless printer should now appear in the printers list. Select your wireless printer and then click the Print button to print wirelessly.
Hope you find this guide helpful!