Add Canon Printer to Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide for Seamless Printing

Adding a printer to your Mac is essential for seamless printing operations. If you own a Canon printer and are wondering how to connect it to your Mac, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to add a Canon printer to Mac. By following these instructions, you’ll be able to set up your Canon printer and start printing in no time.


Checking Compatibility and Gathering Information

Before you start the process of adding your Canon printer to your Mac, it’s crucial to ensure compatibility and gather some necessary information. Follow these steps:

1. Compatibility Check

     a. Verify macOS Compatibility: Check if your Mac’s operating system is compatible with the Canon printer. Visit the website or refer to the printer’s documentation for compatibility information.

     b. Confirm Printer Compatibility: Ensure that your Canon printer model is supported on macOS. Canon’s website provides a list of compatible printers for each macOS version.

2. Gather Information

     a. Printer Model and Connection Type:

  • Identify the exact model of your Canon printer. It is usually mentioned on the printer’s exterior or can be found in the printer’s documentation.
  • Determine the type of connection your printer supports, such as USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi.

     b. Network Name and Password (if applicable): If you plan to connect your Canon printer wirelessly, gather the network name (SSID) and password of your Wi-Fi network.

Adding Canon Printer to Mac 

Once you have checked compatibility and gathered the necessary information, you can proceed to add your Canon printer to your Mac. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

1. Connect the Printer

        a. Power on the Printer: Ensure that your Canon printer is turned on and properly connected to a power source.

2. Connect the Printer to Mac:

      a. For USB Connection:

  • Use a USB cable to connect the printer to your Mac.
  • The Mac should automatically detect the printer and install the necessary drivers. Skip to the “Install Printer Software” section below.

      b. For Wi-Fi Connection:

  • Press the Wi-Fi button on your Canon printer to enable the wireless connection.
  • On your Mac, go to “System Preferences” and select “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Click the “+” button to add a new printer.
  • Your Canon printer should appear in the list of available printers. Select it and click “Add.”

      c. For Ethernet Connection:

  • Connect an Ethernet cable from your Canon printer to your Mac or to your network router.
  • On your Mac, go to “System Preferences” and select “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Click the “+” button to add a new printer.
  • Your Canon printer should appear in the list of available printers. Select it and click “Add.”

3. Install Printer Software

      a. Automatic Driver Installation:

          1. For USB Connection: Once your Canon printer is connected via USB, macOS will automatically download and install the required printer drivers.

          2. For Wi-Fi or Ethernet Connection: If your Mac doesn’t have the necessary drivers, it will prompt you to download and install them.

     b.  Manual Driver Installation:

  • If the automatic installation doesn’t occur or you want to install specific software, visit Canon’s official website.
  • Search for the drivers and software section, and locate the drivers for your printer model and macOS version.
  • Download the appropriate drivers and software packages.
  • Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers and software.

4. Test and Set as Default Printer

      a. Test the Printer:

  • After the installation is complete, try printing a test page to ensure the printer is functioning correctly.
  • Go to “System Preferences” and select “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Select your Canon printer from the list, and click the “Print Test Page” button.

     b. Set as Default Printer:

  • If you want your Canon printer to be the default printer for your Mac, right-click on the printer in the “Printers & Scanners” preferences.
  • Choose “Set Default Printer” from the contextual menu.


You have successfully added your Canon printer to your Mac. By following the step-by-step guide provided in this blog, you can enjoy seamless printing from your Mac using your Canon printer. Remember to keep the printer drivers updated for optimal performance. If you encounter any issues during the setup process, you can contact our experts or consult the printer’s documentation for further assistance.

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