How to Replace an Empty Ink Cartridge in the HP Tango X Series Printer – an Illustrated Tutorial in 9 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. 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 2 to 3 times as many pages as 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 estimated ink levels from the HP Smart app or from the HP printer software (Windows).
A. To check the ink levels from the HP Smart app:
– Open HP Smart. Check the estimated ink levels at the right side of the printer image.
B. To check the ink levels from the HP printer software (Windows):
– Open the HP printer software.
– In the printer software, click the Estimated Levels tab.

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.

Use the single-cartridge mode to operate the HP HP Tango X with only one cartridge. The single-cartridge mode is initiated when an cartridge is removed from the cartridge carriage.

Which ink cartridges do I need for my HP Tango X Printer?

For your US HP HP Tango X Printer you need HP 64 Black AND HP 64 Tri-color cartridges (OR the HP 64 XL versions). There are also combo packs available, like the HP 64 Black and Tri-Color Original Ink Cartridges, 2 Cartridges. Check the price of HP 64 cartridges at .
For your European or UK HP HP Tango X Printer you need HP 303 Black AND HP 303 Tri-color cartridges (OR the HP 303 XL versions). There are also combo packs available, like the HP Z4B62EE 303 Photo Value Pack, Black and Tri-colour, Pack of 2.

Try Amazon's ink selector tool to find compatible ink cartridges for your printer.

Replace the ink cartridges

1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer, if it is not already turned on. Note: the Power button is at the backside of the printer, next to the power cable.

2. Insert a stack of unused plain white Letter or A4-sized paper into into the middle of the input tray with the short edge down. Then slide the stack of paper down until it stops. The Tango X features a fabric cover that makes it look like a book. Make sure to unfold the wrap.

Remove the empty cartridge
3. Gently press down on the Ink Door button to release the ink cartridge access door, and then lift the door until it stays in place. Wait until the print cartridge cradle is idle and silent before you continue.

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4. Open the cartridge latch as shown and gently remove the cartridge from 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 cartridge.

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

6. Pull the coloured tab to remove the protective tape from the new ink cartridge, and then discard or recycle the package and tape.

– 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 nozzles toward the printer, and then insert the cartridge into its slot. Squeeze the front of the cartridge and the back edge of the cartridge latch together, as shown, until the cartridge snaps into place.
– Insert the tri-color cartridge into the left slot.
– Insert the black cartridge into the right slot.

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8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 to insert the other cartridge, if necessary.

9. Lower the ink cartridge access door, and then press gently to lock it in place.

Align the cartridges
After you install new ink cartridges, the printer aligns the ink cartridges and prints an alignment page.

The alignment page did not print?
If the alignment page did not print automatically, you can print an alignment page with HP Smart. Align the ink cartridges for best print quality.

A. Android mobile devices
Open HP Smart.
– Select HP Tango X, if it is not already selected.
– Tap the printer image.
– Scroll to the Tools section.
– Tap Print Quality Tools.
– Next to Align Printhead, tap Align.

The printer aligns the ink cartridges, and an alignment page prints.
In HP Smart, tap OK.

B. Windows 10
Open HP Smart.
– Select HP Tango X, if it is not already selected.
– Click Printer Settings.
– Under Utility, click Print Quality Tools.
– Click Align Printheads.

In HP Smart, tap OK.

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