How to Reset a Wireless HP Printer After Changing a Wireless Network Name & Password

by Michelle Carvo ; Updated October 04, 2017

HP wireless printers can be reset after changing a wireless network name and password. Successfully resetting the network information requires following the correct steps for your specific HP printer model.

Reset HP OfficeJet Printer's Wireless Network Connection

Reset your HP OfficeJet printer’s wireless network and password information by following these steps.

  1. Tap the Wireless icon on the OfficeJet’s touchscreen and then tap “Setup.”
  2. Tap the “Network” button, then tap “Wireless” and then tap "On" to proceed with wireless printer configuration for your new wireless network and password.
  3. Tap "Wireless Setup Wizard" and then tap "Continue." Wait for the HP OfficeJet to locate your network’s name and then tap that network name. Tap "Skip" to skip using the WPS configuration. 
  4. Tap the “OK” button to type in your wireless network’s password and then tap “OK” to proceed with setup. Wait for the printer to connect to the network.
  5. Tap “OK” on the “Connection Successful” screen that appears. Your HP OfficeJet printer is now connected to your new wireless network. You can follow these same steps to reconnect the printer to the network anytime it becomes disconnected from the network or if you have upgraded to a new router or changed your password.

Reset HP DeskJet Printer's Wireless Network Connection

Reset your DeskJet printer’s wireless connection by downloading HP’s software and following these steps.

  1. Download the HP full feature print driver and software program by visiting the link in the Resources section and selecting the software for your specific DeskJet model. Install this software and launch it on your computer. Do not click the “Continue” button yet.
  2. Turn your HP DeskJet printer on and then press and hold the printer’s “Power” button. Press the “Start Copy Black” button two types while holding the “Power” button. Then press the “Cancel” button three times. Release the “Power” button and the wireless light next to the wireless button on the printer will blink.
  3. Click the “Continue” button on HP’s printer software on your computer and then keep clicking “Continue” until you reach the “Connection Options” screen of the program.
  4. Click the “Wireless - make a connection to the printer” option on screen and then click “Next.” HP’s program determines what wireless connection option to use.
  5. Click “Yes” and then “Next” to proceed with HP’s Auto Wireless Connect option and then follow HP’s prompts to complete the wireless reconfiguration. Proceed with the Wireless Setup Using a USB connection option if the Auto Wireless Connect option is not displayed to you. Connect one end of the USB cable to your printer and the other to your computer and follow HP’s prompts to complete the wireless configuration using the USB connection option.
  6. Your HP DeskJet is now successfully reconfigured for use on your new wireless network.

Reset HP LaserJet Printer's Wireless Network Connection

Your HP LaserJet printer can be reconfigured for use on your new network by using HP’s built-in Wireless Setup Wizard on the printer.

  1. Swipe left on your LaserJet’s screen and then tap the “Setup” button. Swipe up on the screen and then tap the “Network Setup” icon.
  2. Tap the “Wireless Menu” and then tap the “Wireless Setup Wizard” button.
  3. Tap your new wireless network’s name and then tap the “OK” button.
  4. Type in your wireless network’s password with the on-screen keyboard and then tap the “OK” button to save the password. Your LaserJet printer is now connected to the network and ready for printing.

Reset Other HP Printer Wireless Network Connection

If you do not have one of the previously mentioned HP printers then you can still typically reset the printer's wireless network name and password by downloading HP's software for your specific printer.

  1. Go to HP's support website (link in the Resources) and type in the model number for your printer.
  2. Download the printer software and install it on your computer. Follow the software's on-screen directions for connecting the printer to your wireless network. 
  3. Note that you will probably need to initially connect your HP printer to your computer via a USB cable to transfer the wireless settings from HP's software program to your printer. 

About the Author

Catherine Hewson has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to a variety of websites. She is also a technical writer with extensive experience in Android/iPhone development and PC repair. Hewson holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from the University of Michigan-Flint and works as an IT project manager.