How to Connect an HP Printer to an Apple Laptop

By K.C. Winslow

The MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops from Apple include two USB ports that you can use to connect to your HP printer. The Macintosh OS X operating system comes with pre-installed software and drivers for many printers, so there is a good chance you will not need to download any additional software to connect your HP printer to your Apple laptop. Once you have successfully added your HP printer to your Apple laptop, it will automatically recognize the printer any time you connect to it.

Step 1

Go to the "Apple" menu and highlight "Software Update" to check for printer software updates.

Step 2

Turn on the HP printer and connect it to the laptop with the USB cable included with the printer.

Step 3

Navigate to the "Apple" menu in the upper left corner of the screen and select "System Preferences." Click on the icon for "Print & Fax."

Step 4

Open the lock icon in the lower left corner of the screen by clicking on it. Enter an administrator user name and password in the on screen dialog window.

Step 5

Press the plus icon below the "Printers" menu on the left side of the screen.

Step 6

Select the HP printer from the "Printer Name" list. Press "Add."

Tips & Warnings

  • If your printer does not appear on the "Printer Name" list, you will need to go to the HP website to download the appropriate software.