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 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.
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 single-cartridge mode to operate the HP DeskJet 2136 with only one ink cartridge. The single-cartridge mode is initiated when an ink cartridge is removed from the ink cartridge carriage.
For your US HP DeskJet 2136 All-in-One Printer you need HP 63 OR HP 63XL cartridges.
For your European or UK HP DeskJet 2136 All-in-One Printer you need HP 302 OR HP 302XL cartridges.
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Replace the ink cartridges
3. Lower the output tray, reach inside the printer, grasp the handle, and then lower the ink cartridge access door to open it. The carriage moves to the center of the printer. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
Remove the old cartridge
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 cartridge.
7. Hold the ink cartridge by its sides with the nozzles toward the printer, then insert the ink cartridge into its correct slot. Slide the new ink cartridge at a slight upward angle into the empty slot, and then gently push the ink cartridge until it snaps into place. Repeat these steps to install the other ink cartridge, if necessary. Insert the tri-color ink cartridge into the left slot. Insert the black ink cartridge into the right slot.
8. Close the ink cartridge access door. The printer automatically prints an alignment page. The printer only prints an alignment page automatically when new ink cartridges are installed. To achieve the best print quality, it is necessary to align the ink cartridges.
Align the cartridges
9. Wait about 30 seconds for the alignment page to automatically print. Scanning the alignment page allows the printer to align the ink cartridges and provide the best print quality. If the alignment page fails to automatically print, you can manually print an alignment page using the HP Printer software.
10. Lift the scanner lid.
11. Place the alignment page with the print side down on the right-front corner of the scanner glass. See the engraved guide next to the scanner glass for help loading the alignment page.
12. Close the scanner lid.
13. Press the Start Copy Black button or the Start Copy Color button on the printer control panel. The printer aligns the ink cartridges.