How to Change an Ink Cartridge

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What starts out as a simple task, changing an ink cartridge, often becomes difficult and sometimes messy. If you have seen a low ink indicator, or your cartridge refilling is more than 6 months old, then it is time to purchase a replacement printer cartridge. Replacing your printer’s ink cartridge can become foolproof by simply following these instructions!


1. Leave your old ink cartridge installed in the printer until you have obtained a replacement cartridge, otherwise, your print head nozzles may dry out.

2. Ink cartridges usually have a protective covering, which has sheltered them during shipmentIf you have Epson, Canon or Brother, look for a yellow tape seal or plastic red tab that tell you to remove them. Do not remove the additional transparent plastic, or a pointing mechanism, otherwise, your cartridge will leak or malfunction.

  • If there is an additional piece of plastic in your ink cartridge box, this is an adapter that needs to be connected to your cartridge. Follow the included instructions in your package, and carefully connect the adapter to the compatible ink cartridge.
  • If you have HP, Lexmark or Dell look for a cap and protective tape needing removal.
  • Do not let anything touch the microchip, this is usually copper or green, and is sensitive to touch.

3.Switch the printer’s power on.

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4.Wait until the printer is not in movement, and then open the cover to replace your cartridge.

5. Make sure that you are installing the cartridge in the appropriate carriage for the new color. For example, if you have a new magenta ink cartridge, replace it in the carriage intended for only the magenta cartridge.

  • If your Brother cartridge does not seem to clip in where it usually fits, it will still work, some re-manufactured cartridges clip from underneath.
  • Some thicker inks need to settle for 1 hour after installation before printing. If you have printed or performed a head cleaning with less than desirable results, let the cartridge settle in its new printer for 1 or 2 hours before attempting another print. Excessive print head cleanings will deplete your ink.
  • If your new cartridge is not recognized by the printer, simply leave it in place then unplug the printer for 10 minutes. After waiting 10 minutes, hold down the power button for 30 seconds then plug the printer back in. This will clean the printer memory, allowing it to resync to the new cartridges.

6. Close the printer cover. Lights may flash, simply let the printer perform without interruption.

7. Finished.

Source: wikihow

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