How to Connect Canon Printer on Mac

How to Connect Canon Printer on Mac

Do you have a Canon printer or have you bought one off late? No matter whichever between the two holds true in your case, the fact remains that you need to know how to connect Canon printer to mac to use it properly.

Merely knowing how to add Canon printer to Mac may not be helpful to you. Additionally, you also need to know how to download and install the drivers to finish the process of connecting both the devices with one another. Read on to know the whole process in detail.

How to Connect Canon Printer on Mac without CD

If you do not have access to the CD which comes across with a Canon printer, there are other ways to install it other than by using its compact disk on your Mac.

Sometimes this situation may also arise if your Mac does not have an inbuilt CD-ROM drive or a DVD-ROM drive.

To be on the safe side, avoid doing so from any third-party website as it may bring in some potentially unwanted software along with the software which you are looking for. This can slow down the performance of your Mac at the subsequent stages.

So, the first thing you should do is think about downloading and installing drivers and software from the official website of Canon. This will help you set up your Mac wirelessly. Thereafter, you can think about downloading the requisite drivers later.

Steps to Connect Canon Printer on Mac

  • Locate the button which corresponds to the menu on your printer.
  • Highlight WLAN setup using the navigation (arrow) keys. Once this is done, press OK.
  • The printer will run a search to look for networks that are nearby its position.
  • Next, you will see three options on the screen: Standard setup, WPS and Other setup. The first one is automatically highlighted so press OK. Your printer may also prompt for connection to a WPS router if there is one located to its range. You can select “OK’ if you wish to permit the use of the option. Otherwise, you can also press OK to bypass it.
  • The printer will hunt for the networks that are functional within its range. You will see the names of the available networks in the form of a list. Choose your preferred network out of the options shown on the list. If you wish to scroll through the options, you can make use of the arrow keys for the purpose. After successfully highlighting your preferred network, push the option ”OK”.
  • The “Enter passphrase” screen will appear immediately if you have set your router on a password. In case you have one, enter the password and then press “OK” to enter the character entry screen. In case you have not set up a password, the wireless network would connect immediately on its own.
  • When you are on the character entry screen, you will need to navigate among the characters using the arrow keys to set up a password for your wireless network.
  • After you are done with the entry of your password, the next thing you need to do is to push the button which appears at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen just below “Done”.
  • In the next step, the printer will proceed to connect to the network. Once this process is complete, press OK.

This concludes the steps on how to connect canon wireless printer to Mac. There is one more thing you need to do: download and install the software to control your printer from your Mac device.


Now that you have learnt how to install Canon printer on Mac, follow these simple steps for the installation of required software and drivers.

  • First, go to the official website of Canon printer support page. Normally, it will automatically detect the version of the operating system installed on your Mac computer. If it fails to do so, you can choose it manually from the list of the operating system on the drop-down menu.
  • Next, navigate to the option “Drivers & Downloads” in the ‘Drivers” section first download and then install the requisite drivers: the ICA driver, the MX920 series scanner and the CUPS printer driver.
  • When the process of the installation of drivers is complete, click on the button to the right of the drivers and click download.
  • Once downloaded, open all the drivers one by one. You will see a new window involving a package file on the screen. Open the file by clicking on it two times.
  • After opening the file, follow the instructions that you see on the screen. Execute this process for all the downloaded files.
  • Now open the Apple menu and choose the option “System Preferences”. Next, choose the option which corresponds to print, fax, scan, printers and scanners (the option on the screen may vary depending on the version of Mac OS on your Mac computer).
  • On the bottom left part of the screen, you will see a “+” button. Click on it. Then you will see an option “Add printer or scanner”. You need to click on this option as well.
  • Wait for a few seconds until the name of your Canon printer appears on the screen. When its name appears on the screen, choose the “Add” option.

That’s it! Your Canon printer is now setup wirelessly and is ready for use. If there you are still experiencing issue on Printer setup contact canon printer support technician.

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3 years ago

I am using a Canon printer but before reading your article, I had no idea how to connect Canon printer on Mac. I used your methods and it worked so effectively.

3 years ago

My friend was using a Canon printer and wanted to connect Canon printer on Mac PC with a CD. I suggested your article and boom he thanked me tons of time.

3 years ago

I configured my WLAN setup and it worked. Thank you for showing us how to connect Canon Printer on Mac