Set Up a PIXMA or MAXIFY Printer on a Wi-Fi Network From an Android App

Article ID: ART164967 | Date published: 03/24/2016 | Date last updated: 08/26/2021


Learn how to use use the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app to set up your PIXMA or MAXIFY printer on a wireless network.


You can use the Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY app to easily set up a wireless connection so you can print from an Android™ device.

  1. If you have not already done so, start Easy Wireless Connect on your printer. For instructions, select your printer model from one of the drop-down lists below.

Note Be sure to start Easy Wireless Connect before starting the app. For some models, this is called Cableless Setup. If you have already initiated Easy Wireless Connect on your printer, please proceed to step 2.
  1. Start the Canon PRINT Inkjet / SELPHY app. If you don't have the app, download it from Google Play.

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

    Tap OK (outlined in red) to continue

  5. 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

  6. When the screen below appears, tap Search.

    Tap Search (outlined in red)

  7. You will be prompted to set up Wi-Fi® for the printer. You will see a name beginning with Canon_ij. Tap OK on this screen.

    Note Depending on the model, it may be named Canon_ij_setup or it may have the name of the printer, such as Canon_ij_053xx_MG6800series.

    Set up for Wi-Fi on the following printer.... Select OK to continue.

  8. Tap Next when this message appears.

    Tap Next (outlined in red)

  9. You'll be prompted to connect directly to the printer. Tap Connect or the appropriate affirmative option.

    Tap Connect (outlined in red)

     If you tap Cancel, you'll be prompted to manually connect to the printer. If you see this screen, tap Open Wi-Fi Settings, then select the printer's network name and return to the app.

    Tap Open Wi-Fi Settings (outlined in red)

  10. A message appears saying the printer will connect to your wireless network.  Make sure your network name appears in this message, then tap Yes.

    Note If your printer is too far away from your router, your Android device may try and fail to connect and you won't see the screen shown below. In this case, turn off the printer, move it closer to your router, and restart the process.

    Confirmation message: The printer will be connected to the following wireless router.. Select Yes to continue.

  11. Enter the password for your wireless router. Tap the eye symbol to check the password entry to be sure it's correct, then tap OK.

    Note If the cableless setup process fails at this stage, you may need to restart the process and connect your Android device to the Canon_ij_XXXX SSID.  Set your printer to cableless setup mode, connect to the Canon_ij_XXXX SSID, and start again from step 1.  Click here if you need help with this.

    Enter password screen. Tap OK when network password has been entered.

  12. In a moment, you will see a message confirming that the network settings have been sent to the printer. Tap OK.

    Network settings have been sent to the printer. Tap OK.

     At this point, your device will communicate with the printer, which will be automatically added. However, in some instances, you may need to manually add the printer. Proceed to the next step if the Register Printer screen appears.

  13. If the Register Printer screen appears, wait for your printer to appear on the screen, then tap it.

    Tap on your printer in the list

    The app will acquire information on your printer.

    Acquiring printer information

  14. Tap Close.

    Tap Close (outlined in red)

  15. Wireless connection is complete. Tap Select images to start using the application or tap the X to exit.
    Print a photo / Print a document

    Tap Select images or the X

  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.

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