Connect an HP Printer to WiFi (in 3 Easy Steps)

Setting up a printer to work with your PC or laptop can be a real headache. Trying to link a smartphone or tablet to the same piece of equipment can be even more of a struggle. Luckily, the days of old-fashioned printer cables are largely over. Most new models are designed to connect wirelessly. You might assume that this would make the process more straightforward.
However, getting a new printer up and running over WiFi often still poses a challenge in many cases. With multiple devices to potentially worry about, overcoming confusing manuals and instructions is generally the first obstacle. Sometimes, a lack of useful direction can leave even the most tech-savvy individuals pulling their hair out.
Thankfully, Upsie is here to help. To make the process as easy as possible, we’ve boiled everything down into just three steps. What follows should take less than five minutes. Completed as instructed, this trio of simple measures to quickly connect an HP printer to WiFi.

Step 1: Trust HP Auto Wireless Connect

The latest Hewlett-Packard printers promise a dizzying array of methods to successfully connect an HP printer to WiFi. However, you can forgo each of these in favor of HP Auto Wireless Connect.
To get started, head to the official HP website and enter your printer’s name or model number. HP’s recommended solution, HP Smart, should be highlighted. Download and install this software to access HP Auto Wireless Connect.

Step 2: Quickly Install and Run the HP Smart App

With the appropriate version of the HP Smart app downloaded and installed, turn on your printer. It only needs to be connected to power. Now, run the HP Smart app that you’ve just downloaded. The program will ask you to choose a network connection type — either Ethernet (wired) or wireless (WiFi).
Simply choose the wireless option, then click, “Yes, send my wireless settings to the printer (recommended).”
By using this method, you’re skipping the need to connect various cables or enter one or more long and often confusing network names and passwords. At this point, you’re almost done, and your printer should be ready for action within another minute or two.

Step 3: Let the Software Work Its Magic

The software on your computer will now speak to the printer, which will have been waiting for instructions over WiFi. This step may take a minute or two, so be patient. Once the HP Auto Wireless Connect portion of the HP Smart app has worked its magic, a message from within the program should pop up to inform you as such. Once this appears, simply click the “Finish” button.
You’re now ready to print! When doing so for the first time, make sure that the correct printer shows on the print menu of whichever program you’re using before hitting the button. Your HP printer should immediately kick into life, just like that.
Now that you’re done, don’t be tempted to fiddle with other settings or push any extra buttons on the printer itself.
HP Auto Wireless Connect and the HP Smart app are designed to take care of everything from start to finish. So unless an individual is trying to do something more complex with their printer, there’s no need for anyone to trouble themselves with any of the other steps, methods, or processes offered by Hewlett-Packard.
Meanwhile, to print from additional devices, including smartphones and tablets, simply ensure that they’re all connected to the same WiFi network. With HP Auto Wireless Connect having now successfully done its job, the printer in question should be visible across all of them simultaneously. Simple!

HP Printer Warranty

With your HP printer now successfully connected to WiFi, it’s essential to take good care of it. One of the best ways to prolong the life of any piece of computer equipment is with an extended warranty. With suitable coverage in place, there’s no need to worry about manufacturer defects, mechanical failures, or other issues.
Upsie makes it possible to protect your printer without spending hundreds of dollars on an overpriced warranty. Instead, customers can purchase a comprehensive Upsie warranty that costs up to 70 percent less than competitor’s warranties.
Upsie offers a range of computer accessory warranties for printers, routers, scanners, modems, and more. In addition, Upsie offers both two-year and three-year warranties with no deductible, ensuring that customers have access to fast, free, local repairs included as quickly as possible.
Customers can purchase an Upsie warranty for any printer bought within the last 60 days. For better protection, choose Upsie.

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