Setting up a Printer for Direct Connect / Access Point Mode with Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY (Android)

Article ID: ART162558 | Date published: 09/29/2015 | Date last updated: 07/20/2021


Learn how to use Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY to set up a printer for direct wireless communication with an Android device.


If you don't have a wireless router or network, you can still use the printer wirelessly with the Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY app by using Direct Connection

The app itself can be used for scanning and printing from your Android device and for making copy settings. 

Prior to setup you will need to have the Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY app installed on your Android tablet or Smart Phone (Get the Application) and power on the printer.

Follow the steps below to complete the setup:

  1. Set your printer into cableless setup  Click here if you need help.

  2. In your Android device's Wi-Fi settings, select the printer's listing. This will normally start with "Canon_ij_" or "DIRECT-" , for example Canon_ij_0000_TS****series or DIRECT-abc0-TS****series. (**** refers to a model number)  See highlighted examples below

    Example of printer's network listing

  3. Open Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY.


  4. Upon opening the app for the first time, you'll see a License Agreement. Read the terms and tap Agree to continue. If you tap Do not agree, you won't be able to use this app.

    Tap Agree (ouitlined in red) after reading the License Agreement to continue

  5. The For using services related to Canon product screen will appear. Read this information, then tap Agree or Do not agree.

    Tap Agree or Do not agree to continue

  6. The following screen will appear. Tap OK to proceed.

    Tap OK (outlined in red)

  7. When asked to allow the app to access your device's location, tap Allow only while using the app or the appropriate affirmative option.

    Tap Allow (outlined in red) or the appropriate affirmative option

    When asked to allow the app to access your device's photos and media, tap Allow or the appropriate affirmative option.

    Tap Allow (outlined in red) or the appropriate affirmative option


  8. When this screen appears, tap OK.

    Tap OK (outlined in red)

  9. A list of nearby networks will be shown. At the bottom of the list, tap My router is not in the list.

    Tap "My router is not in the list." (outlined in red)

  10. You'll be prompted to connect to a printer via a direct connection. Tap Yes.

    Tap Yes (outlined in red)

  11. You'll be prompted to connect to the printer's network name (SSID) and enter a password in order to establish the connection. The password will be shown on the screen. Tap Copy Password to copy the displayed password to your Android device's clipboard. Then, tap Open Wi-Fi Settings and select the printer. You can paste the printer's password into the entry field.

    Tap Copy Password (outlined in red), then tap Open Wi-Fi Settings (outlined in red)

    After establishing the connection, return to the app.

     You may receive a prompt indicating that there's no internet connection. If you see such a prompt, tap Keep Wi-Fi connection.

    Tap Keep Wi-Fi connection (outlined in red)

  12. If you see the following message, tap Close.

    Tap Close (outlined in red)

  13. Wireless connection is complete. Tap Select images to start using the application*** or tap the X to exit.

    Tap Select images or the X                  

    *** Print a Photo / Print a Document


How to Rename the Printer (Optional)

  1. On the main screen, tap the printer's icon.

    Printer Icon on main screen

  2. Tap the Add / Switch icon.

    Add / Switch icon

  3. Press and hold the printer name. An on-screen keyboard will appear. Enter a new name for the printer, then tap OK.

    Press and hold the printer name. Enter a new name for the printer, then tap OK (outlined in red)

  4. Return to the main screen of Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY. The printer will show the new name you entered.

    The printer displays the new name.

If your product issue was not resolved after following the steps above, or if you require additional help, please create or log in to your Canon Account to see your technical support options.

Or if you still need help, visit our Canon Community by clicking the button below to get answers:

Link to Canon Community Forum

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