This may just sound like someone complaining, which I suppose it is, but this is intended as genuine feedback.
First of all, as far as I can tell, in order to scan with my printer, I need to use the HP Smart App. In order to use the HP Smart App, I need to create an HP account. That is ridiculous. I can print without an account; why can't I scan without an account?
Secondly, in order to engage actively with customer support (not an FAQ or a chat bot, but a real person/community), it seems my only option is to register my machine, create a display name, and post in a forum. There's no support phone number I can find nor a support email address available. That is also ridiculous and archaic. I recommend you adopt a better support strategy for your customers.
At this rate, I will not be purchasing HP products in the future. These irritating inconveniences, along with expensive ink that barely lasts (even on draft print settings), makes HP printers an incredibly poor value proposition.
If any of my understandings as stated above are incorrect, please correct me.
Your assumptions about HP Smart are perhaps incorrect.
There is little worth in joining in a discussion about the cost of ink - HP provides a subscription model for those who wish to take advantage of the possible benefits. Personally, I purchase ink when I need it. Ink is not a "on my radar" item.
It is true that HP Smart requires that you sign into the application using your HP account credentials.
Doing so provides access for the optional Cloud Storage options AND access to the Share features.
Sign in is required on both the PC / MacOS version and the Mobile versions of the application.
I would guess you are upset over the PC "Windows" or the MacOS version of HP Smart - everyone expects to sign into practically anything on a mobile device - complaining about that aspect is rather like pushing water up hill...
So - what about Windows??
HP Smart is NOT a mandatory application.
In almost every case, for almost every supported HP Printer,
There are Scan methods / software / programs / applications that do NOT require any sign-in.
What is available,
What you should or can do,
Depends on the Printer model,
The Operating System and version,
What you are trying to accomplish,
What you are willing to do to get what you want.
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