How to fix printer issues in macOS, iMac, MacBook or Mac Mini

Is your printer not working correctly or at all in macOS? Then, unfortunately, you are not the only one. There are common problems with printers on a Mac, especially with older printer models and newer versions of macOS.

Every time new versions of the macOS operating system come out, many people experiences printer problems. This is because new versions of drivers or apps have to be developed every time. If these apps are not updated in time for the latest macOS version, the printer may not work.

Regardless of which printer you have connected to Mac, there are some standard steps you can perform to resolve an error message and/or printer issues in macOS. This article will go through some common steps to get a printer that is not working back on an Apple Mac.

Printer not working on Mac? Try these tips!

Download the new printer driver

The first solution should be to install the latest drivers for your printer manufacturer and model. Printer manufacturers are constantly updating the drivers for their printers. Therefore, a new version of the driver for your printer may be already available to download and install on your Mac.

So depending on your make and model of printer, you will need to search the internet for the latest printer drivers and install them on your Mac.

Here you can search or find printer drivers for the most common printer brands. In addition, you can often search by model or serial number.

Also, always make sure macOS itself is updated to the latest version. Finally, always install the latest updates. These often include support for peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.

If this doesn’t solve the problem or you can’t find any drivers, proceed to the next tip.

Resetting the Printing System

Resetting the print system removes all of your existing printers, scanners, fax machines, and any print jobs that remain performed.

Click the Apple icon at the top left, then click System Preferences in the menu. In System Preferences click on printers & scanners and right-click on the printer you want to reset.

Keep in mind that the printer and all connected scanners, fax machines will be deleted.

You will need to manually reinstall the printer and other peripherals by clicking on the “+” button.

In the menu, click on “Reset Print System” and confirm by clicking on the “Reset” button.

Other tips for printer problems on a Mac

Additionally, there are a few things you should check.

In the case of a Wi-Fi-enabled printer (wirelessly connected), make sure your printer is configured on the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac. Both should be successfully connected on the same wireless network. You usually go through the Wi-Fi configuration on the printer itself or through an app on your iPhone – cell phone.

If the printer is connected to your Mac or network via a cable, make sure all cables are original, connected, and not loose. Also, check for breaks and broken or bent pins on inputs/port(s) and connectors.

Check that no printer paper is stuck in the printer, that the printer has not run out of ink and/or that the printer is in good condition. If necessary, you can print a test page from the printer itself to check all this. You can do this on the printer itself via buttons on most printers.

To determine problems with the printer, it is good to connect the printer to another Mac, computer or laptop. For example, you may be able to add the printer to an iPad or iPhone and take a test print from there. This way you will rule out whether the problem is in the macOS operating system or the printer itself.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you for reading!

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