How to Stop HP Printer Low Ink Warning [Detailed Guide]

This article will guide you on how to stop the HP printer low ink warning within minutes.

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When you get the low ink message on your HP printer, it is an indication that your ink is running low. Therefore, you need to get ready to replace the cartridge while you continue to print.

If the low ink warning message appears after installing a new ink cartridge in HP 7510 printer or your HP envy 4520 printer low ink warning light is on after replacing the cartridges, check if the cartridge you installed is a genuine HP cartridge rather than a remanufactured one or non-HP cartridge. 

One of the reasons users get HP printer warning messages even though they just replaced the cartridge and it is full is that they didn’t use genuine HP cartridges. Therefore, always confirm that you are using genuine cartridges at all times.

How to Disable HP Printer Low Ink Warning [Solutions]

In this section, we will guide you on how to turn off the low ink warning HP printers using any of the solutions below.

1. Close the Warning Message on your Computer or Printer Control Panel – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

As we said, this HP printer warning message is of no serious consequence, but just a reminder that your cartridge is getting low. Therefore, once the warning is displayed, close the message by clicking the “OK” button on your computer’s screen or pressing the “OK” button on the control panel of your HP printer.

To ensure that the message doesn’t pop up next time, click on the checkbox next to the “Don’t Show This Again” option if it is available before clicking on the “OK” button.

Note: You don’t have to replace the cartridge until you get a prompt to do so. When the HP printer ink level warning message is displayed, your printer might enter backup mode when the ink levels become too low. When that happens, the black color won’t be so dark, and the print jobs will be in grayscale. You can replace the low cartridges when you aren’t satisfied with the print quality in backup mode.

2. Replace the Low Cartridge (Optional) – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

You can choose to replace the low cartridge even though it is not depleted. As we said earlier, ensure that you only use genuine HP cartridges to prevent the reoccurrence of the HP printer low ink warning even after replacing the cartridge.

3. Print in Black Only – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

If you are asking “is there a way to bypass the low ink warning on an HP printer?” the answer is yes. To do this, you will have to print in black only.

Although your print jobs will be in black, you need to have ink (even if low) in all the installed cartridges. This is necessary to prevent clogging of your printhead.

Also, you must have installed your HP printer’s full-feature software on your PC. This full-feature software is required to enable you to make the print setting change described below.

Follow the instructions below that correspond with your computer’s operating system to print in black only.

How to Print in Black Only on Windows

To print in black only on Windows, do the steps below:

Step 1: Open the application you want to print from.

Step 2: Click on “Print.”

Step 3: Choose your HP printer from the available printers list.

Step 4: Click on the option that allows you to access the dialog box of your printer properties.

This option might be labeled as “Printer Properties,” “Printer Setup,” “Printer,” “Preferences,” or “Options” depending on the application in use.

Step 5: Click on the tab labeled “Features.”

Step 6: Click on the drop-down menu for “Grayscale.”

Step 7: Click on “Black Ink Only.”

Step 8: Click on “OK.”

Step 9: Click on “Print.”

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How to Print in Black Only on Mac OS X

To print in black only on Mac OS X, do the steps below to disable the HP printer low ink warning on Mac:

Step 1: Open the application you want to print from.

Step 2: Click on “Print.”

Step 3: Choose your HP printer from the available printers list.

Step 4: Click on “Print Type/Quality.”

Step 5: Click on the triangle beside “Color Options.”

Step 6: Click on “Color.”

Step 7: Click on “Grayscale.”

Step 8: Choose the “Black Print Cartridge Only” option.

Step 9: Click on “Print.”

4. Turn off the Enable Bi-Directional Support Option – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

To turn off the Enable Bi-Directional Support option on your computer to disable HP printer low ink warning, do these steps:

Step 1: Click on the “Cortana/Search” icon on the taskbar.

Step 2: Type “Printer” in the search box.

Step 3: Click on “Printers & Scanners” in the search result.

Step 4: Right-click your HP printer.

Step 5: Click on “Properties.”

Step 6: Click on the tab labeled “Ports.”

Step 7: If the box beside the “Enable Bi-Directional Support” option has a checkmark, click on the box to disable this option

Step 8: Click on “Apply.”

Step 9: Click on “OK.”

5. Clean the Cartridge Contacts – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

If the HP printer low ink warning still appears after doing the solutions we have shared, then you need to clean the cartridge contacts.

How to Clean Cartridge Contacts

To clean your cartridge contacts, do the steps below:

Step 1: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 2: Open the cartridge access door of your printer.

Step 3: Take out the cartridges from your HP printer.

Step 4: With a cotton swab or lint-free cloth, clean the metal contacts on your cartridges.

Step 5: Turn off your HP printer.

Step 6: Unplug the power cord from your HP printer.

Step 7: Wait for about 60 seconds.

Step 8: Reconnect the power cord to your printer.

Step 9: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 10: Reinsert the cartridges into your printer.

Step 11: Allow your HP printer to run a printhead recalibration.

Step 12: If you get a prompt to align your printer, follow the instructions and prompts displayed on the screen to align the printer.

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6. Reset the Ink Counter Manually – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

Another way to turn off the low ink warning on HP printers is to reset the ink counter manually, especially if cleaning the contacts on the cartridges does not fix the problem.

How to Reset the Ink Counter Manually

To reset the ink counter manually, do the steps below:

Step 1: Turn on your HP printer.

Step 2: Open the cartridge access door of your printer.

Step 3: Take out the low cartridge from your HP printer.

Step 4: Reinstall the cartridge into your HP printer.

Step 5: When this message is displayed: “Press 1 for new cartridge or press 2 for a used cartridge,” press 1.

In case the message is not displayed, take out all the cartridges, and remove the power cord from your HP printer. After that, plug the power back into your printer. This series of actions should display the message.

The solutions above will work for all HP OfficeJet, Inkjet, and Photosmart printers including the HP 2130 printer.

The solutions will also help you clear the HP color printer print black and white low cyan warning.

We recommend that you read this article: HP Printer Warning [Detailed Guide] to learn about other HP printer warnings that you might encounter when using your HP printer.

Why Doesn’t my HP Envy Printer Give me a Low Ink Warning? [Answered]

If your HP printer has no low ink warning, it might be because the full-feature software is not installed on your computer. Therefore, to fix your HP 2130 printer’s low ink warning not working problem or similar problem on other models, go to the HP Software and Drivers Download page to download and install the full feature software.

If you still encounter this HP printer warning problem, do the task below to get alerts for your ink levels.

Set Ink Alerts via Printer Assistant – HP Printer Low Ink Warning

To set ink alerts via the Printer Assistant, do the following steps:

Step 1: Locate and double-click the shortcut icon for Printer Assistant on your desktop.    

This action will open the Printer Assistant.

Step 2: Click on the icon for “Estimated Ink Levels.”

Step 3: Click on the tab labeled “Advanced.”

Step 4: Click on the checkbox beside the “Show printer ink alerts as they occur…” option to enable this option.

Step 5: Click “Close.”

Note the following about this setting:

  • You might experience a lot of disruptions if you fail to replace the cartridge when you get the warning.
  • If the notifications/pop-ups become too much, you can select the “Show all printer alerts only when I print…” option instead of “Show printer ink alerts as they occur…”

The solutions in this section cover HP printer ink warning issues for (but not exclusive to) the following HP printers: HP Envy 5535 and HP 970.