Installing ink and toner cartridges or refilling with ink bottles on your printer may vary slightly depending on the printer model. The first important thing you need to do is ask yourself, ‘What ink does my printer use?

Once you have the correct ink or toner cartridge in your hands, you can proceed with the installation process. This article will break down the installation guide per printer brand to help you change the ink cartridge more efficiently.

How do I know if it is time to replace my cartridge?

Most printers will notify you with an alert on the display when your ink is low and when it is time to replace your cartridge or refill your ink. For older models that don't have this function, broken text and white streaks on prints indicate that it's time to swap for a new cartridge. Install new cartridges immediately after removing the old ones. You should only remove the cartridges when you are ready to replace them to avoid drying out the nozzles.

How do I handle ink and toner cartridges properly?

It is essential to take care of your cartridges to avoid them from drying up or getting damaged. To make sure you get the most out of your cartridges. Here are some tips you can follow:

  • Make sure to store your ink cartridges in a cool, dry place to avoid damaging their quality. The room temperature recommendation is at 20-29 degrees celsius.
  • Do not open the packaging unless you are ready to install your cartridges.
  • Do not touch the circuitry to avoid printing quality issues.
  • Always check the shelf life of your printer inks.
  • It is crucial to have your new ink cartridges ready before installing them to avoid drying out the nozzles.

What is a printer ink cartridge?

Ink cartridges are used for inkjet printers. Liquid inks are filled into containers called cartridges that enable your printer to print out texts or images. The cartridges are either refillable, or you buy a new one to install and use. You can not just install any ink cartridge because each cartridge is designed to work only for a specific printer. Though some cartridges look the same in physical attributes, each cartridge actually has chips in them that are designed only to let them work for printers compatible with it. You can see different kinds of ink cartridges below.

How to change ink cartridges?

If you want to know how to change ink on a printer, you have come to the right place. Let us start with how to change ink cartridges since the most common type of printer is inkjet printers. Inkjet printers use ink cartridges for the printing process. When your printer display prompts “out of ink", it is high time to replace your cartridge. You can also check the ink levels on your printer display to know if it is time to change your ink cartridge. Changing the ink cartridges may vary per printer brand. The manual that comes with your printer has instructions on how to change your cartridges. Here at CompAndSave, we aim to help you install your new cartridges fast and easily. This time, we will guide you on replacing ink cartridges per brand, starting with how to change Epson ink.


How to change ink in the Epson printer?

Epson uses ink cartridges and Epson ink bottles depending on the printer type. First, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace ink cartridges for your Epson printer.

Epson Workforce WF-3640 Epson Workforce WF-3640
Epson Workforce WF-2850 Epson Workforce WF-2850

Step 1: Make sure your printer is on. Lift the scanner bed to open your printer.

Step 1: Make sure your printer is on. Lift the scanner bed to open your printer.

Warning: Do not move the printhead by hand, or it can damage your printer. Do not touch the flat white cable inside the printer as well.

If you are installing the ink cartridge on a brand new printer, be sure to remove the placeholder plastic tabs before you try to install the ink cartridges.

Step 2: Open the cartridge cover.

Step 2: Open the cartridge cover.

If you are replacing an empty cartridge, be sure to remove the old cartridges before starting.

Step 3: Squeeze the tab on the cartridge and lift the cartridge to remove it.

Step 2: Open the cartridge cover.

Step 4: Take your new ink cartridge out of the packaging. Remove the plastic protective case and the cartridge tape, which is usually bright in color.

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Step 5: Follow the color patterns on your printer when installing.

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Step 6: Insert the new cartridge into the holder and push it down until it clicks into place.

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Step 7: If it does not fit in easily, check to make sure you have it the right way up and insert it into the correct slot.

Step 8: Be careful not to touch the gold contact points, or it may damage the cartridge.

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Step 9: Install the other colors the same way you installed the first one. Close the cartridge cover and push it down until it clicks into place.

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Step 10: Select check on the LCD screen to make sure the cartridge is installed correctly. If so, close the scanner bed.

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Step 11: If turned on, the printer should automatically start recognizing the cartridges being in place and begin the printing process.


How to do Epson Ecotank ink refill?

This next set of instructions are for those who are using the Epson Ecotank series. Ecotank printers use ink bottles to refill the tank. These kinds of printers have tanks on the front where you can see the levels of ink. Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to refill Epson EcoTank.

Epson Expression ET-2750 EcoTank Epson Expression ET-2750 EcoTank
Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Epson EcoTank ET-2720

Step 1: Lift the scanning bed. Open the ink tank cover.

step 1 Epson Ecotank ink refill

Step 2: Lift the cap for the black ink tank.

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Step 3: Take the ink out of the packaging. Unpack the bottle and hold it upright. Slowly turn the bottle cap to remove it.

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Step 4: Place the top of the ink bottle on the filling port, then slowly stand the bottle upright. Wait for the ink to fill the tank. Do not squeeze the bottle.

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Step 5: When the ink tank is full, remove the ink bottle and securely close it with the bottle cap.

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Step 6. Close the ink tank cover. Refill the other colors the same way.

Finally, you now know how to change or refill ink in your Epson printer. If you want tutorial videos, you can watch our video guide on ‘How to change ink in Epson printer? ‘ The video compilation will show you the actual installation of ink cartridges and refilling of ink tanks.


How to change ink on HP printer?

When you change ink on HP printers, the process is the same for all printer models. The only difference is the space where you load your ink cartridges. For some HP printers, it can be on the front or below the paper output tray. Check the different HP printers below to locate the space of your ink cartridges. Note that not all printer models are listed; you can simply check if the sample printer resembles what you are using.

HP OfficeJet 6700 HP OfficeJet 6700
HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 HP OfficeJet Pro 8720
HP Photosmart 6520 HP Photosmart 6520

Once you have identified where the cartridges are, follow the step-by-step instructions on putting ink in an HP printer.

Step 1: Ensure that your printer is on.

Step 2: Open the printer cover and the ink cartridge access door.

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Step 3: If you are installing the ink cartridge on a brand new printer, be sure to remove the black tape found at the top of the cartridge with the label PULL before installing.

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Step 4: Take the new ink out of the packaging. Remove the plastic protective case and bright-colored cartridge tape.

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Step 5: If you are replacing empty ink cartridges, be sure to remove the old cartridges before starting. Press the front of the empty cartridge to release it. Remove it from the slot.

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Step 6: Follow the color patterns when installing the new cartridges. Push it into the correct slot.

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Step 7: Do not touch the gold contact points to avoid damaging the cartridge.

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Step 8: Repeat the same steps for each ink cartridge.

Step 9: After changing all the ink cartridges, close the print cartridge access door and cover.

Step 10. If turned on, the printer should automatically start recognizing the cartridges being in place and process them to begin the printing process.

Now, you have all the steps to install ink cartridges on your HP printer. If you want to see how to do it, go ahead and watch our instructional videos on how to change ink on HP printers. You will be able to replace your cartridges in no time.

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How to change ink in Canon printer?

Just like with other printer brands, the process to change ink in Canon printers is the same. You need to open the printer cover so you can see the cartridge space. Below are some printer samples to help you locate the printer cover or the ink cartridge access door.

Canon Pixma MG3620 Canon Pixma MG3620
Canon Pixma MG2522 Canon Pixma MG2522

Now that you know where the cartridge space is located, it is time to follow the guide on how to put ink in a Canon printer.

Step 1: Ensure that your printer is on.

Step 2: Open the printer cover and output tray.

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Step 3: Wait for the cartridge holder to stop moving.

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Step 4: Use the cartridge lock lever to release the cartridge. Pull the cartridge towards you.

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If you are installing the ink cartridge on a brand new printer, be sure to remove the placeholder plastic tabs before you try to install the ink cartridges.

If you are replacing empty ink cartridges, be sure to remove the old cartridges before starting.

Step 5: Take the ink out of the packaging. Remove the plastic protective cover and the bright-colored cartridge tape.

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Step 6: Be careful not to touch the gold contact point, or it may damage the cartridge.

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Step 7: Insert the ink cartridge at a slight angle into the ink cartridge holder as shown. Then press the bottom of the ink cartridge down until it clicks into place.

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Step 8: If it does not fit in easily, check to make sure you have it the right way up and insert it into the correct slot.

Step 9: Repeat the same process for installing the other remaining cartridges.

Step 10: Once done, close the scanner bed and printer cover. If turned on, the printer should automatically start recognizing the cartridges being in place and begin the printing process.

Installing new cartridges on your Canon printer will be smooth and easy. For a more thorough guide, you can also watch how to change ink on the Canon Pixma printer tutorial videos.

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How to change ink in Brother printer?

Unlike other printer brands, most Brother printers have the same structure. It will be easier for you to find the space for your ink cartridges. The guide below applies to all Brother inkjet printers. The ink cartridge cover is located at the right part of your Brother printer.

Brother MFC-J480DW Brother MFC-J480DW
Brother MFC-J985DW Brother MFC-J985DW

After identifying the space for your cartridges, you can now start changing the ink of your Brother printer with the instructions below:

Step 1: Open the ink cartridge cover and remove the orange protective part.

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Step 2: Press the lock release lever to release the cartridge color indicated on the machine’s display. Remove the cartridge from the device.

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If you are installing the ink cartridge on a brand new printer, be sure to remove the placeholder plastic tabs before you try to install the ink cartridges.

If you are replacing empty ink cartridges, be sure to remove the old cartridges before starting.

Step 3: Take the new ink out of the packaging. Remove the plastic protective cover and the bright-colored cartridge tape.

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Step 4: Follow the color indicated on the machine’s display. Be careful not to touch the gold contact point, or it may damage the cartridge.

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Step 5: Each color has its correct position. Insert the ink cartridge in the direction of the arrow on the label.

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Step 6: If it does not fit in easily, check to make sure you have it the right way up and insert it into the correct slot.

Step 7: Repeat the same process for installing the other remaining cartridges. Gently push the back of the ink cartridge marked ‘PUSH’ until it latches.

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Step 8: Close the ink cartridge cover. If turned on, the printer should automatically start recognizing the cartridges being in place and begin the printing process.

If you need a video guide to install your new Brother printer inks, feel free to check our ‘How to change ink in Brother printer?’ instructional videos.

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How to Replace Toner Cartridges?

Toner cartridges are for laser printers. To know how to install your toner cartridge properly, you should be familiar with the parts. You will find the printer cartridge part names in this comprehensive guide.

Toner vs. Drum Unit

Your toner comes with a drum unit. Do not be confused with your drum unit and toner cartridge. Some printers like HP incorporate the drum unit into the toner. For most of the Brother printers, the toner cartridge and drum unit are separated. Changing the toner cartridge or drum unit can be slightly different per brand.

How do I know if it is time to replace my toner cartridge or drum unit?

Drum units, just like toner cartridges, do have a shelf life and should also be replaced after being consumed. Since the drum unit has a longer lifespan, you can replace it after reusing it 3-4 times, which is a huge advantage to those using separated drum and toner as you do not have to purchase both every time you run out of toner ink. Now, how do you know if you need to change your toner or drum?

As with inkjet printers, your laser printer will prompt if you need to replace the toner already. You will get a low-toner warning. Aside from that, you will also notice that your printouts are not of good quality. It may come out faded or discolored. So after trying to troubleshoot the poor printing quality issue but to no avail, it may mean one thing, and that is, your toner cartridge is out of ink.

For the drum unit, you will need to replace it if it causes streaks, smudges, printing gray, or even blank spots on your printouts. Sometimes, you’ll even hear strange sounds from your printer. If you have a separated drum and toner and experience the same thing even if the toner is newly installed, the reason might be the drum unit and not the toner.

Drum units can vary per brand. As mentioned, the HP drum unit is usually built-in toner cartridges. With this, you will also need to change the drum unit every time you change the toner, but some tend to have the toner refilled to reuse the drum unit to save money since it does have a longer shelf life than toner cartridges. However, we do not encourage you to refill toners independently as some parts need replacing due to wear and tear problems. Suppose you prefer refilling it to reuse drum, in that case, we suggest you visit your local store that offers such service, or you can also purchase from us at CompAndSave as we are selling remanufactured and compatible toner cartridges at a meager price so you won’t have to go through such hassle.


How to change the toner in Brother printer?

Toner in Brother printer

If you use a toner with a separate drum, you can refer to this example on installing toner in Brother printers. Take note that you do not need to replace the drum unit every time you change the toner cartridge of your Brother printer. Your new Brother printer probably came with a drum unit and toner cartridge. Since the toner needs to replacing first, you can continue using your drum unit. Here are the steps on how to replace the toner in Brother printer.

Step 1: Make sure that your Brother printer is on.

Step 2: Locate the small indents on the front of the paper output tray to pull out the access door where you will load the toner cartridge.

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Step 3: Pull out the drum unit before changing the toner. Do not discard the drum unit since it will be holding the toner cartridge.

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Drum Unit without the Toner Cartridge Drum Unit without the Toner Cartridge

Step 4: Take the toner out of the packaging. Remove the plastic orange cover.

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Step 5: Align the toner cartridge and make sure that it fits into the slot in the drum unit.

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Step 6: Be careful not to touch the cartridge’s gold contact points,bright-colored, or it may damage the cartridge.

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Step 7: Put back the drum unit with the toner cartridge into the printer. Close the cover.

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Your printer should automatically recognize the cartridge when you turn it on and start the printing process. Check out our videos on how to install toner cartridges and see it for yourself.

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How to replace a toner cartridge in an HP laser printer?

Replacement HP Q5949A Black Toner Cartridge Replacement HP Q5949A Black Toner Cartridge

HP toner cartridges have built-in drum units. You will need to replace both the toner and the drum unit on your HP printer. Compared to a separated toner and drum unit, changing your HP toner is as easy as changing an ink cartridge. You can check your printer manual for the installation steps or call our customer service at our toll-free number 1-833-465-6888.

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We hope that this guide will teach you how to change your printer ink and toner cartridges efficiently. Feel free to browse our step-by-step tutorial videos of changing ink cartridges per brand. If you need more assistance, you are welcome to contact our Customer Service Representatives at our toll-free number 1-833-465-6888 from Mondays to Fridays, 6am-6pm PT.