Printer setup

How to install wireless printer on Windows 11

Did you get a new network printer? Here's how to set it up on your Windows 11 laptop or desktop.

Windows 11 install WiFi printer

On Windows 11, you can connect a wireless printer to your computer in at least two ways, including automatically using the “Devices” wizard or you can install a printer manually using an IP address. However, before you can connect to the printer, you have to connect it to the wireless network.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to add a printer to Windows 11 device wirelessly.

Connect wireless printer on Windows 11

Before the wireless printer can connect to Windows 11, it must be connected to the WiFi network. The steps will be different depending on the printer, but typically, printers can detect and configure these settings automatically once the printer server feature is enabled on the device.

1. Connect printer to WiFi network

For example, on a wireless HP printer, you can connect it to the network using these steps:

  1. Open Setup.

  2. Click on Network Setup.

  3. Click on Wireless Settings.

  4. Turn on the Wireless settings option.

  5. Continue with the on-screen directions to complete the task.

If you have a printer connected using a wired (Ethernet) connection, you don’t even need to go through the setup. The only thing you need to know is the printer’s IP address, which you can get going to Setup > Network Setup > Ethernet Settings and using the View Ethernet Details.

You can always check with your printer manufacturer’s support website to get more accurate instructions for your printer.

2. Install printer on Windows 11 wirelessly

To add a network printer wirelessly on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Bluetooth & Devices.

  3. Click the Printers & scanners page on the right side.

  4. Click on the Add a printer or scanner button.

    Printers & scanners

  5. Click Add device to install the wireless printer to Windows 11.

    Install printer on Windows 11 wirelessly

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will set up the wireless printer automatically.

3. Install printer on Windows 11 with IP address

If Windows 11 can’t find the wireless printer, you can add the device using an IP address using these steps:

  1. Click the Add manually option for the “The printer that I want isn’t listed” option.

    Add network printer manually

  2. Select the Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname option.

    Add printer using IP address or hostname

  3. Click the Next button.

  4. Use the “Device type” drop-down menu and select the Autodetect option.

    Connect network printer on Windows 11

  5. Check the Query the printer and automatically select the driver to use option.

  6. Confirm the IP address of the printer (for example, 192.168.2.122).

  7. Click the Next button to install the wireless printer on Windows 11.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Select the Do not share this printer option.

    Do not share printer

  10. Click Next.

  11. (Optional) Click the Print a test page button to test the printer connection.

    Print test page
    Print test page
  12. Click the Finish button.

After you complete the steps, you can start printing from your laptop or desktop computer.

4. Remove wireless printer on Windows 11

To remove a wireless printer on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Devices.

  3. Click the Printers & scanners page from the right side.

  4. Select the printer to remove from Windows 11.

    Select printer to remove

  5. Click the Remove device button.

    Windows 11 uninstall printer

  6. Click Yes to confirm.

Once you complete the steps, the printer driver will be removed, and the device will no longer be listed on Windows 11.

Installing a printer using the Settings app will only install the basic driver to allow printing. If you want to use the additional printing functionalities, you will have to install the manufacturer’s software.