A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Turn Your Printer from Offline to Online

Is your printer constantly showing up as offline, even though it is connected and powered on? It can be frustrating when you need to print an important document, but your printer refuses to cooperate. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to turn your printer from offline to online. In this guide, we will walk you through the process so that you can quickly get your printer back up and running.

Check the Connection

The first step in turning your printer from offline to online is to ensure that it is properly connected. Start by checking the USB or Ethernet cable that connects your printer to your computer or network. Make sure it is securely plugged into both ends and that there are no visible signs of damage.

If you are using a wireless connection, verify that your printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. If not, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting it wirelessly.

Restart Your Devices

Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues between your printer and computer or network. Begin by turning off both your printer and computer. Unplug the power cord from each device and wait for about 30 seconds before plugging them back in.

Once both devices have restarted, turn on your printer first and wait for it to fully boot up. Then turn on your computer and allow it to connect to the network. Afterward, check if your printer has switched from offline to online.

Set Your Printer as Default

In some cases, setting your printer as the default device can help resolve offline issues. To do this on a Windows computer, go to the Control Panel and select “Devices and Printers.” Locate your printer in the list of installed devices, right-click on it, and choose “Set as default printer.”

On a Mac computer, open “System Preferences” and click on “Printers & Scanners.” Select your printer from the list on the left-hand side, then click on the “Default printer” dropdown menu and choose your printer.

Setting your printer as the default device ensures that any print jobs are automatically sent to it, preventing any confusion that could lead to it being offline.

Update or Reinstall Printer Drivers

Outdated or corrupted printer drivers can cause connectivity issues and prevent your printer from going online. To update or reinstall your printer drivers, start by visiting the manufacturer’s website. Look for a section dedicated to downloads or support and search for your specific printer model.

Download and install the latest drivers for your operating system. If you already have the latest drivers installed, consider uninstalling and reinstalling them to fix any potential issues. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure a successful installation.


Turning your printer from offline to online doesn’t have to be a headache-inducing task. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can troubleshoot common connectivity issues and get your printer back up and running in no time. Remember to check all connections, restart both devices, set your printer as default, and update or reinstall drivers if necessary. With these simple actions, you’ll be able to avoid any further frustration when trying to print important documents.

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