Why Isn't My Printer Connecting To My Computer?

There are many issues encountered by users while installing and using a printer on their computer. This page covers the topic-"why your printer is not connecting to the computer?" and how to fix it.

Basically, the computer you wish to connect to the printer should meet the system requirements of your printer. If your computer is not compatible with the printer, then you may not be able to connect the printer to your computer. So, initially, check to make sure that your computer meets the OS system requirements of the printer.

Next, check if your printer is turned on. If not, turn it on. Similarly, check whether the printer’s initial setup is done completely. If not, finish it first, and then connect the printer to your computer. Make sure that the paper type of your desire is loaded properly into the tray and the ink cartridges or tanks are installed correctly in their slots.

These are the basic causes and solutions to resolve the printer not connecting to the computer issue. If the above solutions don’t resolve this issue, then perform the advanced methods given below.

Why Isn't My Printer Connecting To My Computer?

Method 1: Resolve the connectivity issues

For Wireless

    If your connectivity type is wireless, follow the instructions given below to fix the printer not connecting to the computer issue.

  • Initially, check if the wireless router or access point you’re using for the connectivity is turned on and connected to a stable Internet connection.
  • If not, turn it on.
  • Make sure that your wireless printer is placed within the range of the wireless router.
  • Check if any security, antivirus software, or the router’s firewall setting is blocking the connectivity between the printer and your computer.
  • If yes, disable it temporarily.

For USB or LAN

  • Make sure that the USB or LAN cable is connected securely at both ends.
  • Check if the cable (USB or LAN) that you’re using for the connectivity is damaged.
  • If yes, replace it.
  • Similarly, if you’re using an incompatible one, then replace it.
  • Make sure that you’re not using the USB hub for the connectivity.

Method 2: Run the printer troubleshooter

  • In the Devices and Printers window, select and right-click on your printer.
  • Select the Troubleshoot option.
  • Run the printer troubleshooter by following the on-screen instructions.

Method 3: Update your computer OS

Sometimes, an outdated OS may also lead to this issue. Update your Windows OS by following the instructions given here.

  • Open the Settings window.
  • Click on the Software Update button.
  • Select the Update now option if it is displayed on the screen.
  • After updating your computer OS, try to connect to the printer.

If the issue remains unresolved, contact us.

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