Printer encryption credentials have expired? Fix it quickly

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  • If your encryption credentials expired, you won't be able to use your printer normally.
  • To resolve this issue, you should try restarting your network and printer, and creating a new certificate.
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Encryption credentials are expired error

Having a wireless printer is great, but many users reported Encryption credentials have expired printer error. This can be a problem and prevent you from printing, but in today’s article, we’ll show you how to fix it.

What to do if the printer’s encryption credentials have expired?

1. Restart your network and printer

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Sometimes turning off your router can help you fix this problem. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press the power button on your modem/router to turn it off.
  2. On your printer, go to Setup > Network Setup > Restore Network Settings.
  3. Turn off your printer.
  4. Turn on your modem/router and wait for it to establish the Internet connection.
  5. Turn on the printer and run the Wireless setup wizard to connect the printer to your network.

After connecting the printer, you need to add a different printer driver by doing the following:

  1. Click the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Print & Scan or Printers & Scanners.
  2. Locate your printer on the Printers list and click the minus icon to remove it. Sometimes you might have multiple entries for the same printer, so be sure to remove them all.
  3. Now click the plus sign and choose Add Printer or Scanner and click the printer name.
  4. Open Use or Print Using menu and select AirPrint. Now click Add.
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This method won’t encrypt the traffic going to your printer, which may be a slight security risk, so keep that in mind.

2. Create a new certificate

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If you’re getting Encryption credentials have expired printer error, you can fix it simply by generating a new certificate. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. On your MacBook, open your browser and enter the printer’s IP address.
  2. After you log in, go to the Network section.
  3. Expand the Advanced Settings section and choose Certificates.
  4. Click on Configure > Create a New Self-Signed Certificate and click on Next.
  5. Now click on Finish.

After doing that, the problem with the certificates should be gone. Bear in mind that you need to use a desktop computer to access the printer settings since some options might not be available on mobile devices and tablets.

In this guide, we explored some of the solutions that you can try if you’re getting Encryption credentials have expired printer error.

FAQ: Learn more about encryption on Mac

  • Should I encrypt my Mac?

The answer to this question depends on what you hope to achieve with this encryption. No matter what the details are, it is always better to have encryption on your devices to protect the data from unwanted access.

  • How do I encrypt files on my Mac?

To encrypt files on your Mac, go to Finder, click Applications, and scroll down to the Utility folder. From there, open the Disk Utility process, in the File tab, choose New, then click on Disk Image from Folder, navigate to the folder you want to encrypt and then click Save.

  • Does encryption slow down Mac?

No, encryption doesn’t slow down your Mac after it has been completed, but the encryption process will take some time to finish depending on your system configuration and amount of data.