How to Put Ink in a HP Printer

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If you need a reliable printing service that won’t let you down, you must provide the maintenance and support to guarantee your printer’s longevity. Learning how to put ink in an HP printer is a vital business skill.

There are different HP printer models, from the original LaserJet to the compact Deskjet personal home printer; however, unlike a laser printer, ink cartridges are only necessary for inkjet printers. So, to successfully replace an HP cartridge, you need to be aware of the specific models and their distinct ink replacement methods. No matter if your HP printer takes one monochrome ink cartridge or a tricolor bundle, you should know how to change the ink in your HP printer.

Procedure for HP Desktop Printers

If you’re wondering which printer is best, Canon or HP, for ease of installation, HP printers are a cinch to swap out old ink cartridges. There are specific steps to change the ink cartridges for models like the D4360, D4363 and D4368. When your printer signifies that it’s out of ink, you need to swap out the cartridges.

Step 1: Turn on the printer so that its automated procedure can help you with your HP ink cartridges’ transferral.

Step 2: Open the cover to the top of your printer; when you do, the ink cartridge carriage will whir over to the right.

Step 3: Once the carriage has stopped moving, press down on the top of the ink cartridge, at which point your ink cartridges will pop out toward you.

Step 4: Slide the rest of the cartridge out so you can change the ink.

Step 5: To change the color ink cartridges, remove them from the left carriage. To change the monochrome or black-and-white ink supply, take the cartridge from the right-hand slot.

Step 6: Take the new ink cartridge out of its packaging and pull off the adhesive tape. Pay special attention not to touch the ink nozzles or copper contacts on your ink cartridges’ bottom and side. If you tamper with these areas too much, it can result in clogs, misprinting or driver miscommunication.

Step 7: Hold the ink cartridge so the copper strips are facing outward, away from your body.

Step 8: Slide the cartridge in until it snaps into place. You need to use a slight upward angle to accomplish this.

Step 9: Close the top cover. You should hear the ink cartridge engage when you shut the printing device.

You should always test print a few sheets after swapping out your empty cartridges for new ones. If you want to save more money, you can even refill your old ink cartridges.

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For the OfficeJet Pro 9015

If you don’t have a top cover to open or close, you may have a combination copier-scanner-printer. This means you may have to use other ink replacement techniques, as some older models have bottom drawers you have to pull out to change the ink.

For the OfficeJet Pro 9015, there are some slight variations to putting ink in, although the basic technique is the same. The 9015 uses HP 962 ink cartridges that come in cyan, yellow, magenta and black. To help differentiate between them, note that the black cartridge is larger than the color ones.

Step 1: Make sure the ink levels displayed on your computer are the same as those on the printer unit. Press the ink drop icon on the printer’s display to check ink levels in your device.

Step 2: If you need to change the ink cartridges, turn on your printer, make sure it’s loaded with paper and pull down the front cover. When you pull the front down, the ink cartridge carriage will automatically move to the center of the printer’s interior space.

Step 3: Push on the ink cartridge that you would like to change, and it should disengage and pop out toward you.

Step 4: Pull it out gently. If you have to wrench it out, stop before you damage the printer.

Step 5: Install new cartridges by holding the new cartridge by the sides and sliding it into place. With the delicate ink nozzles or copper strips, the contact side should always be front-facing when you’re installing your new cartridges. A click signifies that you’ve installed the cartridge correctly.

Step 6: Once you’ve installed the cartridges, close the front cover and listen for the carriage to engage. You should then carry out a print test to check the efficacy of your installation. If the printed page comes out smudged or streaky, you may have to realign the printer heads.

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For Easy Printing Choose HP

It’s the simple tasks that keep your machines online, and knowing how to complete essential maintenance is crucial to running a practical and prudent business.

To ensure you always have a good supply of ink cartridges available, explore our vast range of HP printer cartridges online. You can also call our customer service representatives today to learn more about how specialist printing can help your business become more efficient.