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Set up your printer

You can print from your Chromebook using most Wi-Fi printers.

Note: If your printer doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi, you can’t set it up with your Chromebook.

Step 1: Connect to Wi-Fi

  1. Turn on your printer.
  2. Connect your printer to a Wi-Fi network. If you need help, follow your printer manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. If you haven’t yet, turn on your Chromebook and sign in.
  4. Connect your Chromebook to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer. Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Add your printer to your Chromebook

Important: You’ll need to know your printer’s IP address, protocol, and queue. To find them, check your printer’s display panel, manual, device specs, or help website.

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Printing" section, click Printers.
  5. Click Add Printer.
  6. Enter your printer information:
    • Name: Type any name.
    • Address: Type your printer’s IP address.
    • Protocol: For most printers, the supported connection protocol is IPP.
    • Queue: For most printers, the queue is ipp/print.
  7. Click Add.
  8. In the box that appears, choose your printer manufacturer and model.
    • To find this info, look at the label on your printer.
    • If you don’t see your printer in the list, check your printer info for its "printer language" or "emulation." Then choose the "Generic" option that looks similar.
    • If you have your printer driver, click Browse to upload it. The file must be 250 kb or smaller.
  9. Click Add.

Step 3: Print a page

After you’ve set up your printer, you can use that printer to print from your Chromebook:

  1. On the page you’d like to print, press Ctrl + p.
  2. Next to "Destination," click Change.
  3. Under "Local Destinations," select your printer.
  4. Click Print.

Note: You can also connect your printer to your Chromebook with a USB cable, then print. If so, the printer doesn’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi after it’s set up.

Fix problems setting up printer

Your printer doesn’t show up under "Local Destinations"
  1. Next to "Local Destinations," click Manage.
  2. In the list of printers that appears, select your printer. If you don’t see it, try setting up your printer again.
Your printer won’t connect to Wi-Fi
  1. Turn your printer off, then back on.
  2. Try to connect to Wi-Fi again.

If your printer still won’t connect to Wi-Fi, contact your printer manufacturer for help.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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