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How to Scan from HP Printer to Mac: A Comprehensive Guide

In today's digital age, scanning documents and photos from your HP printer to a Mac is a straightforward task, but it can be daunting for beginners. Whether you need to scan work documents or cherished memories, this guide will walk you through each step of the process. Follow this guide to ensure seamless and efficient scanning.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Scan with an HP Printer
  3. Prerequisites
  4. Setting Up Your HP Printer
  5. Scanning Documents
  6. Saving and Sharing Scanned Files
  7. Tips and Troubleshooting
  8. Conclusion


Scanning documents from your HP printer to a Mac can simplify your workflow and help you go paperless. This guide provides a detailed step-by-step process to ensure you can scan with ease.

Why Scan with an HP Printer

HP printers offer robust scanning capabilities with high-quality output. They are compatible with various document types and sizes, making them versatile for home and office use. HP’s software ecosystem also ensures that your scanning needs are met seamlessly with your Mac.


Before you begin, ensure the following:

  • An HP printer with scanning capabilities.
  • A Mac running macOS 10.12 or later.
  • HP Smart app or an alternative scanning utility installed on your Mac.
  • A stable Wi-Fi or USB connection between the printer and the Mac.

Setting Up Your HP Printer

Download and Install HP Smart App

  1. Visit the Mac App Store: Open the App Store on your Mac.
  2. Search for HP Smart: Type "HP Smart" in the search bar.
  3. Download and Install: Click on the Get button, then Install.
  4. Launch HP Smart: Open the installed application.

Connect Your HP Printer to Your Mac

  1. Open HP Smart App: Launch the app and click on the "+" sign to add your printer.
  2. Select Your Printer: Choose your HP printer from the list that appears.
  3. Connect: Follow the on-screen instructions to establish the connection.

Scanning Documents

Using HP Smart App

  1. Open HP Smart: Launch the HP Smart app.
  2. Select Scan: On the home screen, click the "Scan" tile.
  3. Place Document: Place your document on the scanner glass or in the document feeder.
  4. Adjust Settings: Choose your desired scan settings (color, resolution, etc.).
  5. Scan: Click "Scan" and wait for the process to complete.
  6. Preview and Save: Preview your scan, make any necessary adjustments, and then save the file.

Using Preview App

  1. Open Preview: Launch the Preview app from Applications.
  2. Go to File: Click on "File" in the menu bar.
  3. Import from Scanner: Select "Import from Scanner" and choose your HP printer.
  4. Adjust Settings: Customize the scanning settings as per your requirement.
  5. Scan: Click on "Scan" to start the process.
  6. Save: Once the scan is complete, save your file in the desired location.

Saving and Sharing Scanned Files

File Formats

  • PDF: Ideal for documents.
  • JPEG/PNG: Suitable for images.

Saving to Cloud Services

  1. Open HP Smart: Launch the HP Smart app.
  2. Scan and Save: After scanning, choose to save the file directly to cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud.

Tips and Troubleshooting

  • Ensure Firmware is Updated: Make sure your HP printer's firmware is up to date.
  • Printer Connectivity: Verify that your printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac.
  • HP Support: Refer to the HP support website for specific troubleshooting guides and updates.


Scanning from your HP printer to your Mac is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your productivity. By following the steps in this guide, you can easily scan documents, photos, and more, directly to your Mac. Optimize your workflow and streamline your digital experience with HP Smart and your HP printer.

For more detailed guides and troubleshooting, visit the HP Support website.

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