How to Check Printer Ink Levels

It’s a good idea to regularly check your printer’s ink levels.

For one thing, you don’t want a situation where you need something printed in a hurry only to find the pages coming out faded or blotchy in the middle of a print.

Equally, when ink levels are running on the low side, your printer makes more of an effort to produce more ink. This could lead to damage.

Finally, low ink levels lead to dry ink and potentially clogged up ink nozzles.

Basically, it is just a good long-term strategy to keep an eye on ink levels if you don’t want to be replacing your printer sooner than you expected.

In this guide, we’ll tell you how to check the levels on a printer brand by printer brand basis.

Checking Ink Levels with Windows

Before we look at this topic on a brand by brand basis, it is only natural to take a look at how you check ink levels on Windows.

1. Click the Windows button to bring up the start menu and type ‘Devices and Printers’.

2. Select ‘Devices and Printers’ to see your connected printers.

3. Click on the printer you are checking. The ink levels are at the bottom of the ‘Device and Printers’ window. Click on this (under the status area) to get more information.

Checking Ink Levels on a Kodak Printer

You can do this by pressing the home icon on your Kodak printer. After that, press the right arrow, and you will see the maintenance screen on your printer’s LCD dashboard.

From this screen, you will be able to check the ink levels and determine whether it’s time for a cartridge change.

Checking Ink Levels on a Brother Printer

With Brother printers, you can quickly and easily monitor the status of your ink levels using the printer’s LCD screen.

Your Brother printer should have an ink/ink management key, which will let you find an option to check the ink volume.

If you would rather use your PC, then Brother provides the ‘Status Monitor Utility’. This utility can be found by double-clicking the printer icon in the desktop task tray.

Checking Ink Levels on an Epson Printer

Use Epson’s ‘Status Monitor Utility’ to check the amount of ink left in your printer.

Not only can you see the ink levels using this utility, but any other problems that your Epson printer may be facing.

One problem with the utility is that it will not accurately be able to determine ink levels on a damaged or broken cartridge.

Checking Ink Levels on an HP Printer

HP always provides a range of tools and apps with their electronics, and that is no different with their printers.

If you own an HP printer, you’ll need to download the HP Print and Scan Doctor. This is a diagnostic troubleshooting tool that will identify problems your printer is having.

Using the HP Print and Scan Doctor, you will need to click on Printer/Supply levels. From here, you will get to see the ink levels.

It is also possible to download the HP Smart App onto your Android and iOS devices, where you can see your ink levels on the home screen when opening the app.

Checking Ink Levels on a Canon Printer

Canon Inkjet printers are fantastic to use, and it’s really straightforward to check the printer’s ink levels.

If using a Canon printer, you should have ‘Canon IJ Status Monitor’ on your computer.

When in the status monitoring window, you need to click the maintenance tab, which lets you analyze the printer status screen. From this screen, you will be able to view the ink levels.

Clicking ‘ink detail’ will give you extra information about the ink levels remaining.

Checking Ink Levels on a Dell Printer

Dell printers use the more traditional method of checking ink, requiring you to go to ‘Device and Printers’ from your start menu and then select the printer you want to look at.

Once you have selected your Dell printer, look for the services tab, and from there, you will see the option to check ink levels.

You can select to print a test page for an accurate assessment of those levels.

Using an Ink Replenishment Service

This isn’t strictly checking your printer ink levels because using an ink replenishment service means your printer automatically orders ink when it is running low. This means you don’t have to do any checking of ink levels, and nor will you face the stress of ink cartridges running out at a time when all the shops are closed and you desperately need ink.

You’ll need to make sure that your printer has the technology to sign up for something like Amazon Dash Replenishment. Your ink order will always be placed in advance of getting to dangerously low levels. You also have the opportunity to cancel an order within 24 hours if you know you aren’t going to need the ink.

Most of the top brands now make sure their printers can be signed up to such a service, whether it is provided by themselves or a third party. That is definitely the case with HP, Brother, Canon, Xerox, and Epson.

Suppose you regularly find yourself running out of ink at the most inopportune times. In that case, this certainly seems like a tailor-made solution to your problem.

It would be worth giving it a shot, and if it isn’t working out for you, you don’t need to continue on with it.

Final Word

It is in the interest of companies that make printers to keep checking something as simple as ink levels as quick and painless as possible. If they made it difficult, they would soon find themselves getting one-star reviews all over the place.

That’s why you’re starting to find brand-centric apps and diagnostic tools rather than brands relying on Windows to do this job for them.

Brands such as Brother, Epson, and Canon have even developed apps to let you check on the status of their products from your smartphone.

As technology develops even further, it will be interesting to see what new innovations for making life simpler are created.

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