If you’ve had problems getting your HP LaserJet or OfficeJet Printer to work with the latest versions of macOS or on your new M1/M2 Mac, here we show you how to get it working with macOS Ventura, Monterey and Big Sur.
HP Printers are some of the best printers for Macs but updates to macOS Ventura and Monterey have caused driver problems with Officejets such as the HP OfficeJet 9025 and Laserjets including the HP LaserJet Pro M479fdn, HP1102w, P1007, M751dn, M11, M12, M12W and M13 series.
Many HP LaserJet or OfficeJet Printer users that have either bought a new M1/M2 Mac or updated to the latest version of macOS Ventura, macOS 12.2.1 Monterey and more recently macOS 12.5 have suddenly found it has stopped working or won’t connect to their Mac.
Although many printers will work without drivers on a Mac using AirPrint and Bonjour, some HP all-in-one printers will not meaning you must have the drivers in order to use it with a Mac.
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The problem is when you go to the HP Laserjet website, it appears that the drivers for the latest versions of macOS are available such as macOS 12 Monterey:
However, when you try to install the driver in macOS 12.0.1 Monterey, it does not work with the error message, “This update requires macOS version 12.0 or earlier”.
It seems the issue is that HP simply hasn’t updated the drivers to be compatible with Ventura, Monterey 12.0.1 and M1/M2 Macs even though it appears on the website that compatible drivers are available.
Fortunately, the solution is quite simple.
Here’s how to make your HP LaserJet or OfficeJet printer work with macOS Ventura, Monterey and M1/M2 Macs.
- If you’re using an HP LaserJet M11, M12, M12W or M13 printer with macOS Monterey or an M1 Mac you need to download and install this older driver from the HP FTP site.
- If you’re using any other model of HP LaserJet or OfficeJet inlcuding the P1102W you need to download and install this older version of HP Essentials from the HP FTP site to work with macOS Monterey and M1/M2 Macs.
- Install the drivers and when the installation has succeeded, go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners and right-click on the box on the left to select Reset Printing Preferences.
- You can then add your HP Laserjet printer as normal by clicking on the “+” symbol and you should see that your Mac has detected the printer.
You should now be able to print on an M1/M2 Mac or macOS Ventura and Monterey with your HP Laserjet or OfficeJet Printer.
Installing HP Printers For Mac Using Pacifist
If you have problems downloading either of the two links above, then you can force your HP printer drivers to install on a Mac running Monterey using a free tool called Pacifist.
Pacifist allows you more control over installer files and allows you to install HP drivers on Ventura, Monterey and M1/M2 Macs.
He’s how to install HP printer drivers on Ventura, Monterey and M1/M2 Macs using Pacifist.
- Install Pacifist on your Mac
- Download the HP Printer Software Update from Apple.
- Mount the file by double clicking on the DMG file you’ve downloaded.
- In Pacifist, select “Open Package” and navigate in Finder to “HP_PrinterSupportManual” to open the file “HewlettPackardPrinterDrivers.pkg”
- Select “HewlettPackardPrinterDrivers Contents” and at the top of the windows choose Install.
You should now be able to add the HP printer on Ventura, Monterey and M1/M2 Macs normally.
Neither of these methods have worked for me. The legacy driver download resultsin non-communication with the printer (as before) and Pacifist simply crashes repeatedly without installing anything. I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t bought an M2 MacBook …