Running low on ink and need to replace your empty cartridges? While every inkjet printer is a little different, they all follow the same basic steps.

1. Write down the printer brand and model number.
You will need to know both to find the correct replacement ink cartridges. If you can’t find the model number, check the documentation that came with your printer.

2. Turn on your printer and open the lid/flap that encloses the cartridges.
It should move out automatically, either when the lid is opened or a button is pressed.

3. Take note of the cartridge number and type.
The numbering and labeling systems vary by printer manufacturers.

4. Buy cartridges.
Use the numbers you wrote down to buy compatible cartridges on Use the search bar function on our homepage to fit the right fit for your printer.

5. Gently remove the cartridges you want to replace.
Some cartridges have clips that can be pressed in to release them from the ink tray. Pull it at an angle away from point of attachment. Do not remove your cartridges unless you have replacements ready. Leaving a print head empty for too long can dry it out, making it unusable.

6. Remove the protector that covers the ink dispenser.
These differ by brand, but almost all cartridges will have a protective sticker or piece of plastic over the dispenser that needs to be removed before installation.

7. Insert the cartridge into the printer.
Insert it in the reverse way that you remove them. Keep the correct angle, and it should fit in with little effort. Most newer cartridges will lock into place automatically with a little pressure.

8. Print a test page.
This will make sure that the cartridges have been installed correctly, and will get the ink flowing before your first real document.

Congrats, you’ve successfully replaced your cartridges!