How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Photosmart 7150 series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 11 Steps


Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed. HP recommends that you use original HP ink cartridges.

Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the ink cartridges until the print quality is unacceptable.

Use the Reserve Mode (ink-backup mode) to operate the HP Photosmart 7150 series Printer with only one ink cartridge. The ink-backup mode is initiated when an ink cartridge is removed from the print cartridge cradle. Printing in ink-backup mode slows the printer and affects the quality of printouts. We do not recommend using a photo print cartridge for ink-backup mode.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Photosmart 7150 series Printer?

These print cartridges can be used with the printer:
l. black print cartridge
2. tri-color print cartridge
3. photo print cartridge

For your US, European and UK HP Photosmart 7150 series Printer you need HP 56 Black OR HP 15 Black AND HP 57 Tri-color cartridges.

There are also 2-Packs available, like the HP 56 / 57 Black and Tri-Color Original Value Pack Combo . You might also find Economy (Small) versions of the HP 56 and 57 cartridges.

Quality color photos: For more vibrant colors when printing color photographs or other special documents, remove the black print cartridge and install a HP 58 Photo Ink Cartridge.

Replace the cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.

2. Load plain unused Letter or A4 white paper in the in the IN tray. To do this, you have to lift the OUT tray first.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Open the printer top cover. The print cartridge cradle moves to the center of the printer. Wait until the print cartridge is idle and silent before you continue.

4. Lift the cradle latch of the print cartridge you want to install or replace by placing your finger under the number on the latch and pulling out. The print cartridge latch will pop open.

5. Slide out the old print cartridge and recycle or discard it. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the left to replace the tri-color cartridge. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the right to replace the black OR photo cartridge.

Insert the new cartridge
6. Remove the new cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the black plastic on the cartridge.

7. Carefully remove the plastic tape using the pink pull tab.

Do NOT:
– Remove the copper electrical strip.
– Touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles.
– Replace the protective tape on the contacts.
do not touch contacts

8. Hold the print cartridge so that the copper contacts will go into the printer first. Line up the ridges on the left and right sides of the top of the print cartridge with the grooves on the inside of the print cartridge cradle. Carefully slide the print cartridge into the cradle, then firmly push the cartridge in until it stops.

8. Lower the cradle latch. Place your finger on the top of the latch. Place your thumb under the number on the latch and hold it forward while pushing the latch down. Release the latch to lock the print cartridge into place.

9. Repeat step 4 to 7 to replace the other cartridge, if necessary.

10. Close the top cover.

Calibrate cartridges
11. Wait while the printer performs internal diagnostics. After two minutes, a calibration page prints automatically. This verifies that the print cartridges are installed correctly.

If colors are misaligned, or if the alignment page does not print correctly when you install a new print cartridge, use the following procedure to calibrate the printer manually.
– Go to the Device Services tab of the HP PhotoSmart Toolbox
– Click Calibrate the Printer.

How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Photosmart 7260 series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 10 Steps


Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed. HP recommends that you use original HP ink cartridges.

Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement ink cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the ink cartridges until the print quality is unacceptable.

Use the ink-backup mode to operate the HP Photosmart 7260 series Printer with only one ink cartridge. The ink-backup mode is initiated when an ink cartridge is removed from the print cartridge cradle. Printing in ink-backup mode slows the printer and affects the quality of printouts. We do not recommend using a photo print cartridge for ink-backup mode.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Photosmart 7260 series Printer?

These print cartridges can be used with the printer:
l. black print cartridge
2. tri-color print cartridge
3. photo print cartridge

For your US, European and UK HP Photosmart 7260 series Printer you need HP 56 Black OR HP 15 Black AND HP 57 Tri-color cartridges.

There are also 2-Packs available, like the HP 56 / 57 Black and Tri-Color Original Value Pack Combo . You might also find Economy (Small) versions of the HP 56 and 57 cartridges.

Quality color photos: For more vibrant colors when printing color photographs or other special documents, remove the black print cartridge and install a HP 58 Photo Ink Cartridge.

Replace the cartridges

1. Press the power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already on.

2. Load plain unused Letter or A4 white paper in the input tray. Note: The photo cassette must NOT be installed when printing on paper loaded in the In tray.

Remove the old cartridge
3. Open the printer top cover. Wait until the print cartridge is idle and silent before you continue.

4. Lightly press down on one of the old cartridges to release it, and then pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot. Set it aside for recycling. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the left to replace the tri-color cartridge. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the right to replace the black OR photo cartridge.

Insert the new cartridge
5. Remove the new cartridge from its package. Be careful to touch only the black plastic on the cartridge.

6. Carefully remove the plastic tape using the pink pull tab.

Do NOT:
– Remove the copper electrical strip.
– Touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles.
– Replace the protective tape on the contacts.
do not touch contacts

7. Hold the cartridge by its sides with the label on top and the nozzles toward the printer, and then insert the cartridge into its slot at a slight upward angle. The tri-color cartridge goes in the slot on the left, and the black OR photo cartridge goes in the slot on the right. Push the ink cartridge forward into its slot until it snaps into place.

8. Repeat step 4 to 7 to replace the other cartridge, if necessary.

9. Close the top cover.

Calibrate cartridges
10. To ensure high-quality prints, each time you install or replace one or both of the print cartridges, calibrate the cartridges to check that they are properly aligned. You can calibrate the print cartridges using a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. To calibrate the print cartridges using your Windows PC:
– From the Devices Services tab on the HP Photosmart Series Toolbox, click Calibrate the Device. The Align the Print Cartridges screen appears.
– Click Calibrate. Your printer will print a calibration page with seven sets of alignment patterns. The Align the Print Cartridges screen reappears asking you to review the alignment patterns and select the best alignment and color calibration for your printer.
– Follow the onscreen instructions, and use the ◄ or ► buttons to make your selections. Determine the appropriate selections from the printed page.
– Click Continue. Your printer prints a second page, and the Align the Print Cartridges screen reappears.
– Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the print cartridge calibration.

How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Deskjet F4180 All-in-One series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 12 Steps


Make sure you purchase the right ink cartridges for your specific printer and printer region or have your old ones refilled. Cartridges are not compatible between different brands, and often not within the same brand. Unlike other inkjet manufacturers, HP often designs its inkjet hardware to use country-specific consumables. When you unbox a new HP inkjet printer and set it up, you install a set of ink tanks that ship with the printer. As you turn on the device and get ready to use it, an initialization sequence localizes it to the country associated with the ink cartridges you installed. HP recommends that you use Original HP ink cartridges. XL (Extra Large) cartridges cost more but do provide better value in the long run. They will be able to print at least double the pages of a regular cartridge. Our advice is that if you print often, go with XL. However, ink can dry up. So if you are not a frequent printer, go with the regular cartridges.

You can check the ink levels by using the HP Photosmart Software:
– In the HP Solution Center, click Settings, point to Print Settings, and then click Printer Toolbox. You can also open the Printer Toolbox from the Print Properties dialog box.
– Click the Estimated Ink Level tab.
The estimated ink levels for the print cartridges appear.


The Check Print Cartridge lights on the Control panel also inform you of the ink-status. The lights indicate the need to reinsert the specified print cartridge, replace the print cartridge, or close the print cartridge door. The Color light appears next to the three color drop icons and indicates that the problem is with the tri-color print cartridge. The Black/Photo light appears next to the single black drop icon and indicates that the problem is with the black or photo print cartridge.

Ink level warnings and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low-ink warning message, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not have to replace the cartridges until the print quality is unacceptable. You’ll usually install both the black and tri-color cartridges in the Deskjet, but you can use the ink-backup mode to operate the HP Deskjet with only one print cartridge. The ink-backup mode is initiated when a print cartridge is removed from the print cartridge carriage. This printing mode lets you print with a single print cartridge, but it slows the product and affects the quality of printouts.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Deskjet F4180 All-in-One series Printer?

Three print cartridges can be used with the printer.

1. Black print cartridge
2. Tri-color print cartridge
3. Photo print cartridge

For your US, European and UK HP Deskjet F4180 All-in-One series Printer you need
HP 21 Black AND HP 22 Tri-color cartridges OR HP 21XL Black AND HP 22XL Tri-color cartridges.
There are also 2-Packs available, like the HP 21 Black and 22 Tri-color Original Ink Cartridges, 2 pack.

Quality color photos: For more vibrant colors when printing color photographs or other special documents, remove the black print cartridge and install a HP 58 Photo Ink Cartridge.

Replace the cartridges

1. Turn the printer on by pressing the On/Off button (power button), if it is not already turned on. It can take a few seconds for the printer to turn on after you press the Power button. Wait until the product is idle and silent before continuing.

2. Load unused, plain white letter or A4-sized paper in the tray, if you have not already done so.

Remove the empty cartridge
3. Open the print cartridge door. The carriage moves to the center of the printer. If the carriage does not move to the center, turn off the printer, and then turn it on again. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before proceeding.

4. Press down on the empty cartridge to release it, and then pull it toward you out its slot. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the left (1) to replace the tri-color cartridge. Remove the cartridge from the slot on the right (2) to replace the black cartridge OR photo print cartridge.

Insert new cartridge
5. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging. Be careful to touch only the black plastic.

6. Gently remove the plastic tape on the cartridge by pulling the colored pull tab.

Do NOT:
– Remove the copper electrical strip.
– Touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles.
– Replace the protective tape on the contacts.
do not touch contacts

7. Hold the new cartridge by its sides, so that the copper strip is on the bottom and facing toward the printer. The HP label is on top.

8. Slide the print cartridge firmly into the cradle at a slight upward angle until you feel resistance. The push on the upper part of the print cartridge forward until it snaps into place. If you are installing the tri-color print cartridge, slide it into the left slot. If you are installing the black OR photo print cartridge, slide it into the right slot.

When installing the cartridge and pressing it into the slot, do not rest your hand on top of the product for leverage. This might cause the carriage to lift out of position.

9. Repeat step 4 to 8 to replace the other cartridge, if needed.

10. Close the print cartridge door. The product prints an alignment page.

Align the new cartridge
Print cartridge alignment ensures better print quality.
11. After the print cartridge alignment sheet prints, load it on the left front corner of the glass with the top of the page to the left and the printed-side down.

12. Press the Scan button. The product aligns the print cartridges. Wait until the green (On button) light stops blinking. Recycle or discard the print cartridge alignment sheet.