Best Practices Printer Installs

To install and manage printers via the Printers and Scanners preference pane, standard users on macOS should be added as members of the lpadmin group. Refer to this example video.

On macOS, adding a printer can happen in three ways. Two of those are allowed through an elevation policy, enabling a user to add a printer with either:

  • an .app installation file directly
  • a .pkg driver installation directly

The third option is where the Printers and Scanners preference pane is used to manually add a printer based on existing printer drivers. Refer to the link below for more information.

Under the first scenario, the application that is performing the install and configuration of the printer may prompt for admin credentials. If this is the case, you may need a policy that allows the application or applications provider by the printer vendor.

Refer to for the latest printer setup information from Apple.