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Last Updated on July 6, 2021

If you wish to know how to connect your HP printer to wifi, then you have come to the right place. This article shall explain how you can connect your pre-installed wireless HP printer to your wifi network after switching your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or buying a new router. Upon changing network settings such as the password and network name, you should also reconfigure your printer for adjusting to the original settings.

NOTE: 

While troubleshooting the connection to your wireless network, ensure that you connect your printer to the router instead of a wireless extender.

Connecting your HP printer to WiFi via a touchscreen control panel

You can access the Wireless Setup Wizard through your printer control panel for establishing a wireless connection between your network and printer. For this, you would need to follow the steps enlisted below:

  1. Touch the Wireless icon from your printer control panel’s home screen.
  2. Touch on the Setup icon.
  3. Next, touch on the ‘Restore Network Defaults’ or ‘Restore Network Settings’, and then tap on ‘Yes’ for confirming your selection.
  4. After the restoration of default network settings, tap on the back arrow, the ‘Wireless Settings’, and then the Wireless Setup Wizard.
  5. The printer will search for all networks available.
  6. Tap the wireless network’s name that you would want to select.
  7. If your wireless network’s name does not appear in the entire list of wireless networks, then tap on ‘Enter New Network Name’, and type out the name of the wireless network to which you wish to connect.
Connecting your HP printer via a touchscreen control panel

NOTE

  • Type out the exact name of the network, keeping intact all lowercase and uppercase letters.
  • Type out the WPA or WEP key (aka the network password), and then tap on ‘Done’.
  • If you are your network password, visit ‘Find Your Wireless WEP, WPA2, WPA, Password‘.
  • As soon as the wireless network and the printer connect, the blue light on the control panel indicating the Wireless connection becomes stable.
  • If on the other hand, the printer still does not connect, print a Wireless Network Test Report. Then follow all instructions on that report for troubleshooting any wireless connectivity problems. For more related information, you can visit  Using a Wireless Network Test Report.

Connecting a printer that is not operated by a touchscreen 

You can use either HP Smart, a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), or connect a USB cable temporarily for establishing a wireless connection between your network and printer.

Connecting a HP printer that is not operated by a touchscreen

Step 1: Connect your printer through WPS

Use WPS for connecting your HP printer with your wifi network.

  1. Find your router’s WPS button, but do not press it.
  2. If your router and WPS are incompatible, go to the next step for connecting the HP Smart app with the printer.
  3. Switch on your HP printer. Press the ‘Cancel’ button of the control panel if in case the printer is in sleep mode.
  4. Continuously press the ‘Wireless’ button for a minimum of 3 seconds on the printer’s control panel, or until the light indicating ‘Wireless’ begins to flicker.

NOTE

  1. HP Tango printers: Continuously press the Wireless and Power buttons present on the back of the printer for at least 5 seconds. The Edge lighting will flash a stable blue colour for indicating that the printer is in WPS mode.
  2. Continuously press the WPS button for nearly 3-5 seconds on the router, or at least until it displays that the process of WPS connection has begun.

NOTE

  1. After pressing the wireless button for a minimum of two minutes, your HP printer will stop searching for a WPS connection. If you cannot use the WPS button for whichever reason in that timeframe, try out the above-listed steps once again.
  2. As soon as the printer establishes a connection to the wireless network, you will notice that the blue light indicating the Wireless network on the control panel will turn solid.

If your printer still fails to connect with your wireless network, carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Connect your printer using the HP Smart app

Use the HP Smart app for connecting the printer to your wireless network via a computer or mobile device.

Windows 10

Use the HP Smart app for connecting the HP printer to your wifi network.

  1. Ensure that your device has an active connection to your wireless network.
  2. On your device, download and install the HP Smart app (in English) from the Microsoft store. 
  3. Turn on the printer. If the HP printer’s activity status is in sleep mode, press the cancel button on the control panel.
  4. Get the printer ready for establishing a wireless network connection.
  5. Open the HP Smart app on your device and click on the Plus sign.
  6. Do as the on-screen prompts instruct you for either connecting your old printer or setting up your new printer.
  7. Type out the WPA or WEP key (which is your network password).
  8. If you are unaware of your network password, visit Find Your Wireless WPA2, WPA, WEP, Password.
  9. Once your printer and your wireless network establish a connection, click on Continue, and Exit Setup.
  10. As soon as the printer connects to your wireless network, then the control panel’s Wireless blue light will turn stable.

NOTE

You would probably complete the network setup within a maximum of 2 hours.

  • For any HP printer: Continuously press the Cancel and Wireless buttons until both the Power and Wireless lights start flickering.
  • For every HP Laser printer: Keep pressing the Wireless button until the Attention light starts blinking. Then your HP printer might restart.
  • For HP Tango printers: Keep pressing the Wireless button present on the printer’s back for at least 5 seconds until the Edge lighting starts flickering blue.
  • For HP DeskJet Plus IA 6000, Pro 6400, 6400 and Envy 6000, All-in-One printers: Continuously press the Wireless button on the printer’s back for nearly 5 seconds until the Edge light turns on with a purple flicker.

Mac

Make use of the HP Smart app for connecting your HP printer with your wifi network.

NOTE

Only select HP printer models compatible with Mac computers are available for usage by HP Smart app.

  1. Make sure that your computer has a connection with the wifi network.
  2. Visit the HP Smart website to download and instal the HP Smart app on your Mac device.
  3. Switch on your printer. If it is in the sleep mode status, find and press the Cancel button on the control panel.
  4. Get the printer ready for establishing a wireless network connection.
  5. Open the HP Smart app on your device, and click on the Plus sign.
  6. Do as the on-screen prompts instruct for adding your printer or set up a new printer.
  7. When prompted, type the WPA or WEP key (which is your network’s password).
  8. If in case you are unaware of your network’s password, visit Find Your Wireless WPA2 WPA, WEP Password.
  9. As soon as the printer connects with your wifi network, click on Continue, and click Exit Setup.
  10. As soon as the printer and your wifi network connect, the Wireless blue light will become stable on the control panel.

NOTE

You would probably complete the network setup within a maximum of 2 hours.

  • For any HP printer: Continuously press the Cancel and Wireless buttons until both the Power and Wireless lights start flickering.
  • For every HP Laser printer: Keep pressing the Wireless button until the Attention light starts blinking. Then your HP printer might restart.
  • For HP Tango printers: Keep pressing the Wireless button present on the printer’s back for at least 5 seconds until the Edge lighting starts flickering blue.
  • For HP DeskJet Plus IA 6000, Pro 6400, 6400 and Envy 6000, All-in-One printers: Continuously press the Wireless button on the printer’s back for nearly 5 seconds until the Edge light turns on with a purple flicker.

Android

  1. Make sure that your computer has a connection with the wifi network.
  2. Visit the HP Smart website to download and instal the HP Smart app on your Mac device.
  3. Switch on your printer. If it is in the sleep mode status, find and press the Cancel button on the control panel.
  4. Get the printer ready for establishing a wireless network connection.
  5. Open the HP Smart app on your device, and click on the Plus sign.
  6. Do as the on-screen prompts instruct for adding your printer or set up a new printer.
  7. When prompted, type the WPA or WEP key (which is your network’s password).
  8. If in case you are unaware of your network’s password, visit Find Your Wireless WPA2 WPA, WEP Password.
  9. As soon as the printer connects with your wifi network, click on Continue, and click Exit Setup.
  10. As soon as the printer and your wifi network connect, the Wireless blue light will become stable on the control panel.
onnect your HP printer using the HP Smart app

NOTE

You would probably complete the network setup within a maximum of 2 hours.

  • For any HP printer: Continuously press the Cancel and Wireless buttons until both the Power and Wireless lights start flickering.
  • For every HP Laser printer: Keep pressing the Wireless button until the Attention light starts blinking. Then your HP printer might restart.
  • For HP Tango printers: Keep pressing the Wireless button present on the printer’s back for at least 5 seconds until the Edge lighting starts flickering blue.
  • For HP DeskJet Plus IA 6000, Pro 6400, 6400 and Envy 6000, All-in-One printers: Continuously press the Wireless button on the printer’s back for nearly 5 seconds until the Edge light turns on with a purple flicker.

Apple iOS

 Connect your HP printer to your wifi network using the HP Smart app.

  1. Make sure your device and the wireless network are in connection with your HP printer or else use set up a link for a new printer.
  2. Visit 123.hp.com from your tablet or phone’s browser for installing the HP Smart app.
  3. Turn on the printer and if it is in the sleep mode, use the Cancel button present on the control panel.
  4. Get the printer ready for connecting with a wifi network connection.
  5. Open the HP Smart app.
  6. If you get a printer setup notification, tap on it or else tap on the Plus sign for connecting your printer.
  7. Touch the icon for ‘Set Up a New Printer’.
  8. Connect your printer’s wireless network with your Apple device by pressing the Home button.
  9. Tap on Settings, on your Apple device’s home screen, and then tap on the icon for Wi-Fi.
  10. Tap on the printer’s icon. The printer name includes ‘Setup’ and model number, such as HP-Setup>A8-Deskjet 3700 series.
  11. Your Apple device and your printer are in connection with the wireless network.
  12. Tap on the HP Smart app after pressing the Home button.
  13. Follow the on-screen notifications step by step for typing out the WPA or WEP key (which is the network password).
  14. In case you are unaware of your network password, visit Find Your Wireless WPA2 WPA, WEP Password.
  15. After your printer and your wireless network come in connection, you can skip any upcoming notifications for finishing the setup.
  16. As soon as the printer connects with the wireless network, the Wireless blue light will become stable on the control panel.
  17. If the printer does not connect with your wireless network, carry on with the next step.

NOTE

You would probably complete the network setup within a maximum of 2 hours.

  • For any HP printer: Continuously press the Cancel and Wireless buttons until both the Power and Wireless lights start flickering.
  • For every HP Laser printer: Keep pressing the Wireless button until the Attention light starts blinking. Then your HP printer might restart.
  • For HP Tango printers: Keep pressing the Wireless button present on the printer’s back for at least 5 seconds until the Edge lighting starts flickering blue.
  • For HP DeskJet Plus IA 6000, Pro 6400, 6400 and Envy 6000, All-in-One printers: Continuously press the Wireless button on the printer’s back for nearly 5 seconds until the Edge light turns on with a purple flicker.

Step 3: Connect your printer through a temporary USB connection.

Use a temporary USB connection from your device to connect the printer with your wireless network.

Connect your HP printer through a temporary USB

NOTE

HP Tango printers are not compatible with a wifi network connection via USB cable.

For establishing a temporary USB connection for Windows devices

Connect the printer temporarily with a USB cable to the computer, and then change the connection to the ‘wireless status’ in HP Printer Assistant.

  1. Search Windows for HP, then click your printer’s name from the resulting list. To instal the printer software anew, visit 123.hp.com for downloading and installing it.
  2. Wait for the HP Printer Assistant to open.
  3. Click on the tab titled ‘Utilities’.
  4. Next click on ‘Printer Setup & Software’, then click on ‘Reconfigure Wireless Settings’.
  5. To finish changing the wireless settings, follow all on-screen instructions.
  6. Follow all screen prompts to connect your USB cable while typing out the WPA or WEP key (aka your network password).
  7. If you are unaware of your network password, visit Find Your Wireless WPA2, WPA, WEP, Password (Windows).
  8. As soon as the printer connects with your wireless network, the Wireless blue light becomes stable on the control panel.

For establishing a temporary USB connection to your macOS device

To temporarily connect your HP printer to your Mac device via a USB cable, go to HP Utility and change your connection to wireless.

  1. PLug-in a USB cable through the USB port at the rear end of your printer and device.
  2. Click on Apple’s menu icon, and then click on ‘System Preferences’.
  3. Depending on the type of OS currently in use, click on the ‘Print & Scan’ option or the ‘Printers & Scanners’ one.
  4. First, click on the “Plus” sign, then on the ‘Add Printer or Scanner’.
  5. Under ‘Kind’, click on your printer’s name along with USB.
  6. Select your printer, and click on Add on the ‘Use’ menu.

NOTE

  1. For accessing all of your printer’s features, that includes HP Utility, choose your HP printer’s name, or else AirPrint will be your default driver.
  2. Click on your printer’s name, and then on Options & Supplies.
  3. Then click on ‘Utility’, and on ‘Open Printer Utility’.
  4. Click Wireless Setup, in HP Utility.
  5. Ensure that your network is visible on your Confirm Wireless Settings window, then click on ‘Continue’ for completing the entire wifi configuration.
  6. If in case your system is not shown on the ‘Confirm Wireless Settings’ window, try connecting to the proper network.
  7. Choose an option that reads like: ‘No, I want to choose another network’, then click on ‘Continue’.
  8. You will receive a list of all wireless networks in your device’s vicinity.
  9. Choose your wireless network from the entire available list or type out its SSID in the Wireless Network Name’s space, along with your network’s password in the Password field.
    1. If you are unaware of your network’s password, visit Find Your Wireless WPA2, WPA, WEP Password.
    2. Click on ‘Continue’.
  10. After the successful configuration of the network connection, click on ‘Done’. Then disconnect the USB cable from the computer and the printer.
  11. As soon as the printer connects with the wifi network, the control panel’s blue Wireless light becomes stable. 
  12. In the ‘Print & Scan’ or ‘Printers & Scanners’ window, click on your printer’s name, the Minus sign, and delete the option of USB installed printer.
  13. Click on the ‘Plus’ sign, then the ‘Add Printer or Scanner’ sign.
  14. Select your printer’s name along with the text that reads ‘Bonjour’ mentioned under ‘Kind’, click on the ‘Print Using’ or use box, before selecting your printer’s name in the menu.
  15. Click on ‘Add’ for adding the printer into the list.

Step 4: Print Wireless Network Test Report

In case your HP printer does not connect despite methodically following all the above-listed steps, print Wireless Network Test Report, then follow all instructions as mentioned on the report for troubleshooting wifi connectivity problems.

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