How to replace an empty ink cartridge(s) on an Inkjets or All-In-Ones which don't have an LCD panel


  • Replacing an expended (empty) ink cartridge from the printer control panel (standalone, without a computer)
  • Stylus A4 and A3+ Inkjet and A4 All-In-One devices with no display


The printer will display a warning when ink is low. When an amber or red light is displayed beside the Ink/Maintenance icon or  Stop button on the printer's control panel, it indicates that one or more ink cartridges are low or expended (empty).

Table 1
Light sequence Example: Explanation and recommended action to take
On (solid) The indicated cartridge is expended (empty). In this instance, you will need to obtain a replacement cartridge.
Flashing The original amount of ink remaining in the indicated cartridge is low. This is a good time to get a replacement cartridge ready for when the cartridge is expended.

You can change an empty ink cartridge by pressing the appropriate button; depending on your printer you will have one of the following buttons which will perform this function when pressed.

Table 2
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Do not remove the cartridge from the printer until you are ready to replace it with another.


The illustrations show replacement of the Cyan ink cartridge on the Stylus S21 single function inkjet printer, but the instructions are the same for all the cartridges and similar for all products listed in the "RELATES TO" section of this article.

  1. Make sure the power light is on, but not flashing.

  2. Open the printer cover.

  3. Press the button on your printer which matches one of the descriptions in Table 2 (above).

    • Do not move the print head by hand, as this may damage the printer. Please ensure you follow the instructions in this article or your product's User's Guide.

    • Be careful not to touch the white flat cable inside the printer.

  4. The print head moves to the ink cartridge check position and the power light begins to flash. The ink cartridge indicated under the mark is expended.

    Press the button again. If more than one ink cartridge is expended, the print head moves to the mark. This occurs each time you press the button until all expended ink cartridges have been indicated.

    Once all of the expended ink cartridges have been indicated, the print head moves to the ink cartridge replacement position when you press the button again.

    Note for SX125 users:

    The print head moves to the ink cartridge replacement position and the power light begins to flash. The expended ink cartridge appears in the replacement position. If two or more ink cartridges are expended, the cartridge at the far left moves to the replacement position.

    You can replace the cartridge indicated first at this stage but you may prefer to wait and check if more ink cartridges are expended before replacing the first indicated one.

    To do this, press the Stop/Maintenance button again. If two or more ink cartridges are expended, the next expended ink cartridge moves to the replacement position. Repeat to check other ink cartridges as needed.

    Then, repeat this process of pressing the Stop/Maintenance button to reposition any indicated ink cartridges to the replacement position. Use the replacement advice below as a guide.


    Do not hold the Stop/Maintenance/Ink button for more than three seconds, or the printer may start cleaning the print head.

  5. If you have new cartridges to hand, you can now replace the indicated ink cartridge(s).

    Caution Icon Caution:

    Be careful when you handle used ink cartridges, as there may be some ink around the ink supply port. If ink gets on your skin, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them immediately with water. If discomfort or vision problems continue after a thorough flushing, see a doctor immediately.

    For further guidance on handling and replacing ink cartridges, please refer to the Replacing Ink Cartridges > Precautions on Ink Cartridge Replacement section of your product's User's Guide/Online Guide.

  6. Shake the new ink cartridge(s) several times before opening the package. Remove the new ink cartridge from the package. If a yellow label is on the bottom of the ink cartridge, remove it.

    Caution Icon Caution:
    • Be careful not to break the hooks on the side of the ink cartridge when you remove it from the package.
    • Do not touch the green IC chip on the side of the cartridge. This can damage the ink cartridge.
    • Always install an ink cartridge immediately after removing the old cartridge. If the cartridge is not installed promptly, the print head may dry out and be unable to print.
    • You must remove the yellow tape from the cartridge before installing it; otherwise, print quality may decline or you may not be able to print.
    • If you have installed an ink cartridge without removing the yellow tape, take the cartridge out of the printer, remove the yellow tape, and then reinstall it.
    • Do not remove the transparent seal from the bottom of the cartridge; otherwise, the cartridge may become unusable.
    • Do not remove or tear the label on the cartridge; otherwise, ink will leak.

  7. Squeeze the tab at the back of the ink cartridge that you want to replace. Lift the cartridge straight up and out of the printer. Dispose of it properly. If it is difficult to remove the cartridge, lift the cartridge with more force until it comes out.

  8. Place the ink cartridge into the cartridge holder with the bottom down. Then push down the ink cartridge until it clicks into place.

  9. When you are finished replacing cartridges, close the printer's lid or scanner unit. Then press the Stop/Maintenance/Ink button. The printer moves the print head and begins charging the ink delivery system. This process takes about one-and-a-half minutes to complete. When ink charging is finished, the print head returns to its home position. The Power light stops flashing and remains lit, and the Stop/Maintenance/Ink error light goes out.


    The Power light continues to flash while the printer is charging ink. Never power off the printer while this light is flashing. Doing so can result in incomplete charging of ink.

  10. Once the Stop/Maintenance/Ink error light goes out, the printer should be ready to use. If you previously sent an print job to the printer which is yet to print, the Epson software may have an on-screen alert which you can acknowledge to resume printing. If not, but you previously sent a document to print that hasn't printed, check if there are any documents waiting to print and cancel them in order to resume printing.


    If the error light is flashing or is on after the print head moves to its home position, the ink cartridge may not be installed properly. Press the button again, press the ink cartridge down until it clicks into place, and then close the cartridge cover firmly.

On some models, you can also change a 'low' ink cartridge (not expended) by pressing this button. Press the Stop/Maintenance/Ink button to determine which cartridge is running low. This will be indicated by an 'ink out' pointer on the printer's casing.


It is not possible to change a cartridge that is not expended with the following models:

  • Stylus D78, D92, DX4400, DX7400, DX7450
  • Stylus S20, S21, S22, SX100, SX105, SX130, SX200, SX205, SX125
  • Stylus C79, C90, C91, C92, T26, TX106, TX109, TX206, TX209

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