How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address

Finding your printer’s IP address can help you resolve technical issues
and connect new devices

By
&
Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Aug 25, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Aug 25, 2021

We’ve all been there: What should have been a simple print job turned into an hour-long IT nightmare. There’s nothing we hate more than wasting time on what should be a simple technical activity. When it comes to printer issues, frustrations can abound, especially when a paper jam turns into a phone call with a technical department.

But knowledge is power, and knowing your printer’s IP address can help you reach a solution faster. There are several different avenues to take when it comes to finding your printer’s IP address, so we’ve created a comprehensive list to save you from frustration.

How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address

In order to resolve technical issues with your printer, you’ll need to know your printer’s IP address. Knowing your printer’s IP address will also help you secure a private connection with your printer and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Here are the different ways you can find your printer’s IP address, depending on the type of printer and computer you own:

Print a Network Configuration Page

  1. Open your printer’s Control Panel.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click Wireless Settings.
  4. Print a page called Network Configuration, which will contain your printer’s IP address.

FROM THE EXPERTS: Printing a network configuration page is a universal way to find your printer’s IP address. If our instructions don’t work for your printer, we recommend looking up specific instructions for how to print a network configuration page based on your printer’s make and model.

On Windows 10

  1. Open your computer’s Control Panel.
  2. Open Hardware and Sound.
  3. Open Devices and Printers.
  4. Right-click on Printer and select Properties.
  5. If three tabs pop up, find your IP address in the Web Services tab.
  6. If five tabs pop up, find your IP address in the Ports tab.

On a Router

  1. Make sure you have access rights to your router.
  2. Enter 192.168.1.1 into the address bar of any web browser.
  3. Type your router’s username and password.
  4. Find the DHCP Client Table or Client List.
  5. Open the Client List or DHCP Client Table.
  6. Click on your printer to reveal its IP address.

Using the Command Prompt

  1. Press the Windows key.
  2. Type cmd.
  3. Type netstat -r.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. A list of devices connected to your computer should pop up, including your printer’s IP address.

On MacOS

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Printers and Scanners.
  3. Click on your printer.
  4. Your printer’s IP address should be listed under Location.1

From an HP Printer

  1. Open the HP Smart app or go to hpsmart.com.
  2. Click Printer Settings.
  3. Click Printer Reports under Tools.
  4. Click Network Configuration.
  5. The printer will print a network configuration page containing information that should include your IP address. It will be located under the IPv4 category.2

From the CUPS Webpage (Mac Computers)

  1. Open your Applications folder.
  2. Open Utilities.
  3. Open Terminal.
  4. Type cupsctl WebInterface=yes.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Open Safari.
  7. Copy and paste localhost:631/printers into your browser.
  8. You can find your printer’s IP address under the Location section.3

On a Chromebook

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Advanced.
  3. Under Printers, select Save the Available Printers.
  4. Under the list of Saved Printers, right-click on your printer.
  5. Click Set Up.
  6. Click Model.
  7. Click Label.
  8. Click Add.
  9. Under Printer Information, you should now be able to see your printer’s IP address.4

From a Canon Printer

  1. On your printer, find and select Settings and Adjustments.
  2. Click Set or Adjust Menu.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Expand the IP Address Menu.
  5. Select Interface Setup.
  6. Select TCP/IP.
  7. Open the next tab.
  8. Select IPv4 Settings.
  9. A box should pop up with the IP address of your Canon printer. It should start with 192.186.

What You Can Do With Your Printer’s IP Address

At some point, you’ll need to diagnose a printer IT issue, and we hate to break it to you, but it’ll be a bit more complicated than fixing a paper jam. But, rest assured, you can use your printer’s IP address to help you fix connection issues and connect new devices to your computer.

Fix Connection Issues

Did your printer stop printing suddenly? If you’re experiencing connection issues, knowing how to find your printer’s IP address can allow you to change your IP address from dynamic to static. This means your printer’s IP address won’t change, so your device will always recognize your printer.

How to change your printer’s IP address from a Windows computer:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Devices and Printers.
  3. Select your printer.
  4. Select Printer Actions.
  5. Select See What’s Printing.
  6. Under the Printer tab, select Properties.
  7. Select the Ports tab in the pop-up menu.
  8. Select Add Port.
  9. Select Standard TCP/IP Port.
  10. Click New Port.
  11. Enter a new IP address and a port name for the desired device.
  12. Click Apply.5

How to change your printer’s IP address from a Mac computer:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences.
  2. Click Printers and Scanners.
  3. Click Options and Supplies.
  4. In the box next to Location, you should be able to change your printer’s IP address.
  5. Click OK.6

TIP: Before you change your printer’s IP address, contact your printer’s customer support team for specific advice on how to configure your number to your specific computer and network setup.

Connect New Devices to Your Printer

You’ll need to know your printer’s IP address in order to connect new devices to it. Here’s how to connect those new devices, depending on what kind of computer you own.

How to connect a Windows device to your printer:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Printers in the search bar.
  3. Select Printers and Scanners.
  4. Choose Add Printer or Scanner.
  5. Select The Printer I Want Isn’t Listed.
  6. Select Add a Printer Using TCP/IP Address.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click TCP/IP Device.
  9. Enter your printer’s IP address.7

How to connect an Apple device to your printer:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences.
  2. Click on Printers and Scanners.
  3. Click the “+” sign to add a printer.
  4. In the new window, click on the IP icon.
  5. Enter your printer’s IP address.8

Recap

Nothing’s worse than spending valuable time diagnosing a printer issue, especially when you’re trying to print that delicious blueberry muffin recipe. Knowing how to find your printer’s IP address is the first step to swiftly resolving any technical issues with your printer. You can find your printer’s IP address from your computer, directly from your printer, on your web browser, using the Command Prompt, or on your router. Whatever floats your boat!

FAQs

IP addresses are confusing to many people, but not us! Here are some common questions we get about printer IP addresses.

  • How do I locate the IP address on my printer?

    Here’s how to locate the IP address on your printer:

    1. Open any web browser and enter 192.168.1.1 into the address bar.
    2. Type your router’s username and password.
    3. Open the DHCP Client Table or Client List.
    4. Click on your printer to reveal its IP address.
  • Is the IP address located on the printer?

    The IP address is usually located on the printer, but you’ll have to go into your settings to print a network configuration page. Here’s how to find your IP address on your printer:

    1. Open your printer’s Settings.
    2. Open Wireless Settings.
    3. Print a page called Network Configuration, which will contain your printer’s IP address.
  • How do I find the IP address of my HP printer?

    Here’s how to find the IP address of your HP printer.

    1. Open the HP Smart app or go to hpsmart.com and sign in.
    2. Select Printer Settings.
    3. Select Printer Reports under Tools.
    4. Select Network Configuration.
    5. The printer will print a network configuration page containing information that should include your IP address. It will be located under the IPv4 category.
  • What is a printer IP address?

    A printer IP address is your printer’s identifying number.

  • How do I connect my printer to a Mac using an IP address?

    To connect your printer to a Mac using an IP address:

    1. Find your printer’s IP address.
    2. Open your computer’s System Preferences or Settings.
    3. Click Printers and Scanners.
    4. Click the “+” sign on the left.
    5. Click the global icon in the Add Printer section.
    6. Type in your printer’s IP address.
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