How to Reset HP Ink Cartridges

By Ryan Casima

Resetting HP ink cartridges is a very simple task. In fact, the process takes about a few minutes to complete, once you learn how to do it properly. You do not have to replace your HP ink cartridge every time it runs out of ink; all you have to do is buy a refill kit and reset the ink levels in your original cartridge. Learning the refill process will save you a lot of money if you used to buy new ink cartridges to replace dried out ones.

Things You'll Need

  • Ink refill kit
  • Paper towel

Step 1

Buy an ink refill kit that has a syringe attached to the top. Double-check the ink to make sure it is the exact kind that you need.

Step 2

Lift open the cover to your HP printer and take out the ink cartridges. Find where the filling hole is located; the majority of HP ink cartridges have filling holes on the bottom.

Step 3

Take the ink bottle and moisten the syringe. Point the syringe directly at the sponge and push it in. Do this slowly, as pushing too fast will rupture the sponge, causing clogs in the filling hole.

Step 4

Lightly squeeze the ink bottle to flow the ink into the sponge. Do not force the ink in too fast or you will make the sponge expand, which will distribute the ink unevenly while printing.

Step 5

Take a paper towel and wipe the filling hole of the ink cartridge. If there is any excess ink, take a paper towel and press it against the sponge of the ink cartridge to take in the extra ink.

Step 6

Open your HP printer and replace the ink cartridges. Make sure your computer recognizes the ink cartridges and asks you to run head cleaning, which will clean the filling hole of the ink cartridge.