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Hewlett Packard has launched the HP Officejet Pro 8720, an all-in-one printer, that has the potential to deliver hassle-free wireless connectivity. With the help of its wireless technology, you can print from your mobile device via HP ePrint, Airprint, Mopria print as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) touch-to-print technology.
In order to enjoy all of these features, you have to perform a complete HP Officejet Pro 8720 wireless setup process. Before that, make sure that you are having a stable internet connection and devices such as the computer, printer and the router are connected to it.
Wireless Setup Procedure of HP Officejet Pro 8720
Before starting the process, check whether a USB cable is attached from the printer to the computer. If it is so, then remove it. After that, follow these below-mentioned steps that are given here.
1. Switching from USB to Wireless Connection
The first and foremost thing you need to do is to change the connection type. The process will be different from various OS depending upon what you use. So, we are presenting all the necessary information for Windows as well as the Macintosh operating system.
Download and install the HP setup and utility software (HP Printer Assistant) from the official HP support page. After that, open the application and you will be able to see three options present there. Click on “Convert a USB connected printer to wireless”.
After that wait for a few moments until the message “Make printing easier by connecting your printer wirelessly”. Now, click on “Learn more” to get more information about the entire process.
In case, you use Macintosh OS, then open “Finder”, click on “Go” on the menu bar present at the top. After that, click on “Applications” and double-click to open the HP folder. Once again, open the HP utility software by double-clicking it. Now, choose the “All Settings” tab and select “Wireless Setup” to launch the software.
If your printer has a touchscreen display, then tap on “Setup” to start the “Wireless Setup Wizard”. If not, then press the “Wireless button” and wait for a few seconds till the wireless lamp turns solid. Now, you have to add the printer by selecting the “Apple” menu. Click on “System Preferences” and choose “Print & Scan” or “Printers & Scanners” to add the printer.
2. Connect to the Printer Wirelessly
After you have set the wireless connection using USB successfully, now you have to connect the HP Officejet Pro 8720 printer to the wireless network. Here are the steps that will help you to perform the entire process in an easier manner.
Step 1: Make the connection to the Wi-Fi network
For establishing the connection, you must place the printer near the router, and open the Wireless Setup Wizard by accessing the touchscreen Control Panel. Click on “Restore Settings” and enter the network name as well as password.
In case, your printer doesn’t have the Wireless Setup Wizard, choose Wi-Fi Protected Setup or Push button to connect to the network.
3. Build up the Printer Connection to the Computer or Mobile Device
Download the HP Smart application to your desired mobile and laptop device. After that, open the application and start the setup procedure. During the setup procedure, a pin will be generated near the printer touchscreen Control Panel. With the help of that pin, complete the entire procedure.
4. Install all the Necessary Drivers
When all the above processes are successfully done, you need to install the drivers so that you can carry out all the functions perfectly. There are basically four types of drivers that HP recommends us to download. They are here as follows:
Complete Featured Drivers
Go to the official HP support page and you will find certain driver packages. All the number of drivers present in there are updated to the latest version. It is both available for Windows and Macintosh Operating System. If you download it, it will save you time and you will be able to download the drivers for wireless connection too.
Full-Featured Basic Drivers
All of these initial drivers are available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux Operating Systems. These are that kind of drivers that are generally used for additional printing and scanning purposes across different Operating Systems.
HP Smart App
The HP Smart application is generally designed for Windows 10 platform. It is a tool that will help you to print, scan, check ink levels. Moreover, it will also help you in setting up the wireless network.
Apart from updates, you have to download the printer firmware directly from the support page. This will help your printer to function properly and deliver you its peak performance.
Apart from all of these above drivers, there are also drivers for Android and Apple devices. In addition to that, you can also download various types of plug-ins that are available for both these mobile platforms.
5. Install the HP Smart Application
The HP Smart application is easily available for Android, iOS and Macintosh platforms. With the help of this software, you will be able to print wirelessly and easily from mobile, tablets or Mac PC. Just go to Google PlayStore or App Store to download and install the application.
If you see any prompt message about location permission, allow it to access the Bluetooth and geographical location. After that add the printer by following the on-screen instructions.
When you are willing to print via Macintosh computer, follow the download and installation process by the above process to download and install it. After that, you can print as well as scan your desired document wirelessly. Moreover, you can also manage all the printing preferences, messages, and other features as well.
What if you don’t get any Connection after the Printer Setup?
After completing all the above procedures, if your printer is still unable to establish a stable wireless connection then you need to check the Control Panel.
Restart the printer by pulling out the power cable. If the printer has the touchscreen Control Panel, tap on the “Setup” gear-shaped icon, open the Wireless Setup Wizard and re-enter the network credentials.
After that, try to connect the device to the wireless network once again. Perform the same procedure by tapping on the wireless button (in case, the printer is without the touchscreen Control Panel).
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you be able to use the driver disc that came along with the printer?
Ans: Yes, you can use the driver disc that came with the printer for installing the necessary drivers in the printer via computer. In doing so, you don’t have to download and install the drivers separately.
What to do when you can’t find the printer during setup?
Ans: When you cannot recognize the printer during setup, make sure that the printer is On. In addition to that, confirm the printer ‘s network connection. If necessary, you can turn on the Bluetooth connectivity and use it for printing purposes.