How to Get Printer Online Again

My Printer is appearing offline, How to get printer online again? This problem is very common to occur while using the printer to print the documents. Now and then, when you use the printer to print something, an error message appears saying that the printer is offline. This printer offline error message appears due to problems with the printer software and drivers. Fortunately, with the help of some simple tricks and tips, you can bring the printer back to the online stage. So, if you want to know how to get a printer online again, read this guide and get an answer to all your questions.

Why is my printer offline? How can I make it appear Online again?

Follow the below-mentioned guidelines to fix your printer offline error and bring it back to online:

How to Get Printer Online Again

Physical Printer and Cable Checks

  • Check both ends of USB cable, it must be firmly inserted. If your printer is networked, you need to check and make sure that your printer is properly connected to the router.

  • If your printer is connected to the USB cable, try to use the end of printer cable in multiple sockets or ports present on the device.

  •  You can also try to use the different cable to make sure that the cable you are using is fault-free. If you are using the network or wireless device then just check and make sure that your printer is working fine as there can always be a fault in the network connection.

How to return a printer to online status manually?

  • Click on the ‘Start’ icon present on the bottom left corner of your screen and after that, choose the ‘Control Panel’ option. 

  • Next, click on the ‘Devices and Printers’ section.

  • Right-click on the printer and choose ‘See What’s Printing’.

  • From the window appears on the screen, select ‘printer’ from the Menu bar present at the top.

  • Choose ‘Use printer online’ from the drop-down list.

Remove the pending printing jobs

  • From ‘See What’s Printing’ section, right-click and ‘Cancel’ the print jobs present.

  • With removed print jobs, choose ‘Use Printer Online’ again to return the printer to online status.

  • Restate your printer and computer if any print job is left.

Remove and Reinstall the printer

  • Right-click on the printer from the ‘Devices and Printers’ section.

  • Click to Remove device.

  • Add the printer by choosing ‘Add a print’ option from the ‘Devices and Printers’ section.

Another way to bring your printer back to online

  • Go to the Settings>>Printers. Right-click on the printer and choose the ‘Use Printer Online’ option.

  • Check for the print jobs and if any printing job is there, clear it. Double click on the printer selected.

  • Go to the ‘Printer menu’ and choose ‘Cancel All Documents’.

  • If there are printer jam issues, it will create an error and show your printer offline.

  • Try to print the documents to set your printer online. Try printing the test list to see if the issue is resolved.

  • Find your printer and turn it to ‘print off’. Later, turn the printer on.

  • Check if any printer jam causing trouble.

  • Check the network as well as the wireless connection to make sure everything is working fine.

So, follow these guidelines and return the printer to online status. The mentioned steps are pretty simple. In case, you still are unable to fix the problem, contact your printer manufacturer and seek their advice to troubleshoot the issue.