This publication shows students and new users the steps to add a Wi-Fi printer in Windows 11. If your printer supports wireless communication, you can add it to Windows and start printing right away.

Many newer printers are compatible with Windows 11, so you may not need to install additional printer software to make it work. If the printer does not work when you connect it to Windows, you may need to install the printer software to make it work.

Typically, a wireless printer will already be connected to your home wireless network. If you have a new wireless printer that has not been added to your home network, see the printer’s help guide to learn how to connect it to the Wi-Fi network. Once the printer is plugged in, turned on, and connected to the network, Windows 11 should easily find it.

A requirement for connecting your Wi-Fi printer is that both the Wi-Fi printer and the computer you want to print from are connected to the same Wi-Fi name or SSID.

To learn how to add a wireless printer in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to add a Wi-Fi printer in Windows 11

These days, adding a printer to a Windows computer is very easy. In most cases, all you have to do to set up a wireless printer is connect it to the Wi-Fi network. Once connected to Wi-Fi, Windows should find it automatically.

If Windows can’t find the Wi-Fi printer, follow the steps below to add it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Bluetooth and devices, then select Printers and scanners on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

Windows 11 adds new scanners

About him Printers and scanners setup page, click Add a printer or scanner button.

windows 11 add scanner

Wait for Windows 11 to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use from the list and select Add device.

If you receive a message that «The printer I want is not on the list“Click on Add manually as highlighted in the next section.

Windows 11 add scanner manually

Make sure the Wi-Fi printer is connected to the network and turned on. Windows 11 should find it automatically too.

Windows can find all available printers on a network, such as Bluetooth and wireless printers that are connected to another device and shared on the network. If your printer is not listed, select The printer I want is not on the listand then follow the instructions to add it manually.

add windows wireless scanner

You should start searching for any Wi-Fi printer connected to your home network. Once the printer is found, Windows will automatically add it.

add wireless printer in windows 11

If your printer comes with software or instructions for downloading the printer software online, please do so. The printer software will have the means to locate the printer on the network and install it in Windows 11.

If Windows 11 can locate the printer through its IP address but cannot locate the correct driver, click the Has a disk… To manually install the printer software in Windows 11.

Windows 11 easily adds a wireless printer

Once the correct drivers are installed, your printer should be installed and ready to use.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to install a wireless printer in Windows 11. If you find an error above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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