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This article is entirely based on the procedure of connecting a Canon scanner to a Mac. So, if you face issues while connecting and don’t know the correct way then directly jump to this article. Now, just let’s move ahead in this guide. 

Steps to Connect Canon Scanner to Mac

Get into the steps below to learn the procedure of connecting the Canon scanner to Mac. 

  • To initiate, move towards the System Preferences. 
  • Now, select Printers & Scanners. 
  • Once done, choose the printer and scanner from the left corner of the display. 
  • After that, hit the Add + button if you cannot find the scanner. 
  • Enable the printer and connect the same to Mac. 
  • Consequently, choose which product of Canon printer/scanner you are using. 
  • Moving on, hit the Add button. 
  • Hit the Scan button when the printer is successfully added.
  • Once done, move towards the second procedure and learn steps to set up the Canon scanner and printer to Mac. 

The Procedure to Set Up Canon Printer on Mac 

With the steps below, you can easily set up a Canon printer and scanner like PIXMA and MG3500 printers. 

  • To begin with, you need to move towards the Canon official page ij.start.cannon
  • Then, try to download and install the drivers. 
  • Once done, tap the Installation file. 
  • After that, move towards the .pkg file and access the same. 
  • It will start the installer. 
  • Go through the prompts that appear on your screen. 
  • Make sure that you provide the essential credentials here like Mac user and password. 
  • Consequently, wait till the installation procedure is going on. 
  • Several times, you will receive a warning message regarding the installation of Canon IJ setup. While ignoring the message, select the Open tab to proceed ahead with the procedure. 
  • Now, a new window named Setup Guide will pop up. 
  • From there, choose the Wireless Connection. 
  • Moving on, hit the Next button. 
  • Again, the user needs to choose another tab named Connect to the Network. 
  • It will initiate the wireless connection setup. 

Well, you can connect the printer to the Wi-Fi with three different methods. Proceed below to know each one of them. 

Steps to Add the Canon Printer via Cableless Setup

  • The user needs to first switch on the printer before moving ahead to any of the steps. 
  • Head towards the Setup guide window. 
  • Thereafter, choose Cableless Setup. 
  • Once done, press and hold the Wifi button till you the alarm light flashes orange. 
  • Keep an eye on the alarm light as it helps in understanding the connecting procedure. 
  • If you see blue light then make sure to hit Next from the Setup Guide window. 
  • Now, you will be asked to provide the relevant key. 
  • Once provided, hit the Allow button. 
  • Go through the guidelines and access the Software Installation List. 
  • Consequently, choose, canon ij scan utility mac ,Canon IJ Network Tool, and MP Drivers. 
  • Hit the Next button and choose Add Printer.

Add the Canon Printer via a WPS Connection

  • Enable the printer to do the further procedure. 
  • Now, go to the Setup Guide window. 
  • Make sure to choose the WPS button. 
  • Hold the WiFi button and connect the printer via WPS.
  • Now, check the alarm light, release the WiFi button there when the light turns orange.
  • The light signals you about the connection procedure whether the printer is connected or not.  
  • Move towards the router and hit the WPS button after the light turns blue. 
  • The WPS button will connect the printer to the network. 
  • If the Wifi light does not blink anymore and emerges with the blue one then you finally connect your printer to the network. 
  • The connecting procedure will be shown on the Setup Guide screen. 
  • Make sure to choose Next. 
  • Also, go through the online guidelines to access the Software Installation List. 
  • After that, choose MP Drivers, Canon IJ Network Tool, and IJ Scan Utility 2.  
  • End the task by clicking on Next and Add Printer. 

Add Canon Printer to Wifi via USB Connection

  • Again, start the procedure by turning on the printer. 
  • After that, choose the Other Setup from the Setup Guide window. 
  • Move towards the next screen and choose Wireless Setup Using the USB cable. 
  • Go through the guidelines now and open the Software Installation List. 
  • Choose IJ Scan Utility 2, MP Drivers, and Canon IJ Network Tool. 
  • Once done, hit the Next button. 
  • A new display will appear with the name Check Printer settings. 
  • From there, choose Set up Network Connection via USB. 
  • Also, hit the Next button. 
  • Now, another window named Setup appears that asks to connect the printer to Mac via USB cable. With this, the window gets closed on its own. 
  • Hit the Yes button.
  • From the list of all WiFi networks, choose your wireless network. 
  • Just provide the Wifi password and thereafter hit Connect. 

Final Take!

We hope that the guide above has resolved all your queries regarding the connecting procedure of the Canon printer to Mac. However, if you want to ask anything about the post, drop down your query below. 

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.