Just let Alexa manage your printing!
Did you know that you can set your printer up to Alexa? Me neither! But if you have an IPP-enabled HP, Epson, Brother or Canon printer, it’s worth it and easy to do.
If you know you have a smart-enabled printer, just say “Alexa, discover my printer”and she’ll search your Wifi network for it.
Even if it’s not a “smart printer,” if your printer connects via Wifi, chances are it will work.
Here’s how to set it up via the app.
- Tap Devices on the bottom, then tap the + sign in the top right, and tap Add Device from the pop-up menu.
- Under What device would you like to set up?, scroll down to Printer. (Keep scrolling…it’s almost all the way at the bottom.)
- Tap Printer then click Discover devices. Click on the brand you have—in my case, a Canon.
- A Notification will ask you to make sure your printer is on and connected to the same Wifi as your Echo device. If it is, press Next.
- She’ll scan the network and look for the printer; don’t panic if it takes a few minutes. If she finds it, just follow the prompts.
- Tap Set up device. You can add your printer in a Group (mine is in Office) or skip that step. You can also connect it to your Amazon account so she can track things like when you may need new toner.
- When you’re set, you can test it by saying, “Alexa, print my test page.” She’ll print a page with prompts for a bunch of fun things you can do, like print your shopping list, print a crossword (you can solve it in ink, the old-fashioned way!), print a recipe. There’s also a connection with Jumpstart Academy that allows you to print worksheets and coloring pages for kids.