Brother Printer is Printing Blank Pages [Quick Fix]

If your Brother printer is printing blank pages and you don’t know what to do, this article will give you practical solutions to this problem.

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Why Brother Printer Prints Blank Pages and Solutions

The following are the reasons your Brother printer is printing blank pages and the corresponding solutions:

1. Wrong or Improper Connections

Your Brother Printer might be printing blank pages because the connections are wrong or not properly done. Hence, you need to check the connection to your computer and router (if you’re using one).

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2. The Paper Size is wrong

Most Brother Printers are designed with a default printing paper size. If you use a size that is different from this default size, the Brother Printer might print blank pages.

To fix this issue, change the default paper size settings of your Brother Printer to correspond with the paper size you are using.

Check out the video below…

3. Print Head or Nozzles are clogged

If the print head or nozzles are clogged, the ink in the cartridge might get dried up. Hence, the reason your Brother Printer keeps printing blank pages.

You can fix this issue by cleaning the clog within the print head or nozzles. Once this is done, your Brother printer should start printing normally.

You can read how to clean your Brother Printer head and nozzles in this article here.

4. The Ink Cartridge/Toner is Empty

There is no way your Brother Printer will print anything when the ink cartridge/toner is empty. Verify if the ink is empty. If it is, then you need to replace the cartridge/toner.

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5. Cartridge/Toner Misconnection

If your Brother Printer is only printing blank pages even though the cartridge/toner is full, it might be a result of a misconnection. You can quickly fix this by taking out the cartridge/toner and fixing it back into the printer.

6. Wrong Cartridge/Toner

If your Brother Printer is printing blank pages after you recently replaced your cartridge or toner, then you might be using the wrong cartridge or toner.

You need to confirm that the cartridge/toner is compatible with your Brother Printer. You can contact Brother to find out what cartridges or toners are compatible with your Brother Printer model.

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7. Queued Print Jobs

Unfinished print jobs on your computer might cause your Brother Printer to print blank pages. Hence, you need to cancel all queued print jobs.

How to Cancel All Print Jobs

The following steps will guide you on how to cancel all print jobs:

Step 1: Click on the Start button on your computer  

Step 2: Go to settings.

Step 3: Click on “Devices”.

Step 4: Click on “Printers and Scanners”.

Step 5: Click on “Devices and Printers”.  

Step 6: Right-click on your Brother Printer.

Step 7: Click on “See what’s printing”.

Step 8: Click on “Printer”.

Step 9: Click on “Cancel All Documents”.

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8. Interference from Computer’s Firewall

Your computer’s firewall might be causing your Brother printer to print blank pages. You can correct this by disabling your computer’s firewall. After doing that verify if the printer is printing well. If it doesn’t, try the solution on the next item.

9. Issues with the Driver

If the above doesn’t work, then it might be a software issue. Therefore, you have to uninstall the printer’s driver and then reinstall it again. You can download your Brother Printer’s driver here.

10. Issues with Your Brother Printer

If none of the above works, you might have to remove and then re-add your Brother printer.

Follow the steps below to remove your Brother Printer:

Step 1: Right-click on your Windows key.

Step 2: Then click “Settings”.

Step 3: Click on “Devices”.

Step 4: Click on “Printers and Scanners”.

Step 5: Click on your Brother Printer and then click “Remove device”.

Step 6: Click “Yes” to remove your Brother Printer.

Step 7: Click on “Add a printer or scanner”.

Step 8: Select your printer and then click on “Add”.

Conclusion – Brother Printer is Printing Blank Pages

If at this point you are still asking “Why my brother printer is printing blank pages”, it might be you didn’t follow the solutions we shared above.

If you did and still have issues, then you might have a more serious problem on your hands. Therefore, we recommend you contact Brother Customer service for further assistance.

Or you could just get a new Brother printer like the one below.