Some time may be your HP printer is not connecting to your Laptop or computer devices, but you don’t have to worry. You can fix the HP printer not connecting issues with the solution given in this article.
People often ask, why is my printer not connected to my computer? There can be many reasons for this. Your USB cable may have been damaged, your printer may not be detected by your computer, or maybe something wrong with your printer driver. Whenever your printer has not connected with a computer or laptop, you can try the following solutions to fix your problem.
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Solution 1. Fix Printer Connection Issue
Step 1. Off your printer and restart again
Turn off your HP printer and then power on your HP printer to run it back again. Wait for some time to be fully ready to work.
Step 2. Check the connection issue if any
- If your printer is connected to a USB cable, make sure that the cable is not damaged and that the connection is secure and correct. Also, check the USB port and clean the contents of the port to prevent the port from connecting to USB.
- If your printer is connected via wireless network or Bluetooth, follow the manual that came with your device to properly connect the printer to WiFi or Bluetooth.
- For example, it varies by manufacturer and printer. For example, HP printers operate differently from Brother printers, so we will not introduce it here, and you should follow the product manual.
Step 3. Check the network connection issue if any
- Since network issues can cause your printer to not connect, you should also make sure to work on your Internet connection while using your printer.
Solution 2. Fix Printer Driver Updating Issue
Your printer may not be connected to the printer drivers due to outdated updates, so you should verify that your printer driver is out of date.
Updating your printer driver to the new latest version. It can not only solve any connecting printer problems, such as printer printing errors. But for this, you will need a good experience.
You can Update you Printer Drive Automatically and Manually
Automatically update procedure
Step 1. Confirm that your computer driver is set to automatically download the software.
Step 2. In Windows change the settings of device installation and open it again.
Step 3. In the windows Device Installation Settings, select the Yes option, and then click Save Changes.
Manually update Procedure
Step 1. To update Printer Drivers, firstly confirm your printer’s model name. You can usually find the name or number on the Printer or ‘Device and Printer’ panels that you have previously opened.
Step 2. Visit your printer manufacturer’s website; like an example, we have to go HP.com and click on Support and Driver, select the Download Driver and Software button and type your printer’s name and number in the search bar. Click on the Go button.
Step 3. In the next section, select the version of your operating system to get the latest exact driver. Once you have selected the operating system, then click to download the driver under the ‘Driver’ heading section.
Step 4. After downloading the printer driver, run the installer to complete the setup process. In some cases, a restart may be required, but later, your printer will have the latest driver version provided by its manufacturer.
Solution 3. Troubleshoot some printer issues
You can try some troubleshooting tools to diagnose and troubleshoot issues with your printer issues. follow these steps:
Step 1. Open the control panel on your computer, and look through the big icons or small icons.
Step 2. Click on Tools and Printers.
Step 3. Find your printer, right-click your printer, and select Troubleshoot.
Step 4. Now your computer solve this problem and follow the on-screen instructions to fix it.
Solution 4. Restart Print Spooler Service manually
The print spooler service performed print spool jobs and handled interactions with the printer. If the service is not working, you will not be able to see your printers and your printers will not be connected. So you can restart the print spooler service to fix the connecting problem.
Step 1. On the keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
Step 2. Type MSC services and then click the OK button.
Step 3. Scroll down to find the spooler service option.
Step 4. If the service is running, right-click the service, then select Stop, right-click the service, and then click Start to restart the service.
Step 5. Restart the computer and try the printer again to see if the printer is connected.