Certain universal facts in life cannot be overlooked. One such reality is that if you are in a rush and attempting to print an essential paper, the printer will invariably run out of ink. However, this does not have to be the case! By checking your printer ink levels on a regular basis, you can guarantee that you never run out of printer ink again.

The procedure for monitoring printer ink levels is straightforward. However, it varies significantly depending on the type of printers and computer operating system you use. This article explains how to check inkjet printers levels on several of the most popular printer manufacturers to help you manage your system more efficiently.

Printers from HP

HP printers are among the most popular brands for both home and corporate use. While HP’s printers range from low-cost basic versions to wireless multi-function printers, the company has worked hard to ensure that its printer software is user-friendly and uniform across models. HP printer ink levels may be monitored using either a connected computer or the printer control panel (if present).

Checking Ink Levels on Your Printer: 

  • Most HP printers include a control panel. To access the printer menu, use the arrow buttons on the control panel.
  • Look for the ink symbol in the printer menu. The ink icon may be an ink drop, a cartridge icon, or a Toner Level Indicator, depending on the printer model.
  • Select the appropriate icon. Following that, the printer will generate a one-page report summarising the current ink levels.

Using Windows to Check Ink Levels:

There are two methods for determining printer ink levels from a Desktop pc:

  • How to Use Printer Software:
  • From the Windows Store, download the “HP Smart” or “HP Print and Scan Doctor” applications.
  • Add the printer to “HP Smart” or “HP Print and Scan Doctor.”
  • Open the programme and choose “Printer/Supply Levels.” A pop-up window displaying the anticipated ink and toner levels will appear.

How to Use Printer Software:

  • Select the “Start” option from the desktop and search for “HP Solution Center.”
  • Choose “HP Solution Center.” A pop-up window will display.
  • To check estimated ink levels, select “Maintain Your Printer.”

Using MacOS to Check Ink Levels:

  • Select “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Depending on your system, pick “Print & Fax,” “Print & Scan,” or “Printers & Scanners” from the pop-up box.
  • Choose your printer.
  • Choose “Options & Supplies.”
  • Click the “Supply Levels” tab in the “Options & Supplies” box. The tab will show you the estimated remaining ink levels.

Canon Inkjet Printers

Canon is a Japanese corporation that specialises in optical and photographic equipment. Canon was among the first to develop the print engines used in industry-standard laser printers, and it remains at the forefront of the printer business.

Checking Printer Ink Levels

Printer ink and toner levels may only be checked from the printer’s linked PC or laptop.

Monitoring Ink Levels with Windows: 

The ink levels in Canon printers may be checked in one of two methods using a Windows operating system:

Canon printers from the past:

  • Open “Settings” from the Start menu on your desktop.
  • Select “Devices.”
  • Right-click on your print icon in the “Devices” pop-up and pick “Printing Preferences” from the menu.
  • Click “View Printer Status” on the “Maintenance” tab. A popup will emerge with information about your printer’s status. If you run out of ink, a warning will show in the window.

For more recent Canon printers:

  • From the C: Drive, run the “Canon IJ Status Monitor.”
  • To access the Printer Status Screen, click the “Maintenance” option.
  • The Printer Health Screen will provide information about ink levels.
  • Select “Ink Detail” for more information on printer ink levels.

Checking Ink Levels on MacOS: 

  • Select “Applications,” “Utilities,” or “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Select “Printer Setup Utility” from the window that appears.
  • From the “Printer Setup Utility” window, run the “Canon IJ Printer Utility.”
  • From the pop-up menu, choose “Ink Level Information.” The ink kinds and their state will be shown.

Printers from Brother

Since 1908, Brother Printers has created high-quality electrical goods. Brother Printers manufactures both ink and laser/LED printers that are simple to use and ideal for both home and workplace use.

Using Your Printer to Check Ink Levels:

Brother printers are available with one of two switchboards: a control panel screen with nearby navigation buttons or a control panel touch.

If your laptop has a control centre screen with neighbouring buttons, follow these steps:

  • Select the “Menu” button on the printer’s control panel.
  • Using the arrow buttons, select “Ink” or “Ink Management” and hit “Okay.”
  • Choose “Ink Volume” from the new section and hit “OK.”

If your printers has a touchscreen control panel:

  • To access the “Ink” tab, use the left and right buttons on the touchscreen.
  • Select “Ink Volume.” The printer cartridge information will be shown.

Using Windows to Check Ink Levels:

  • Select the “Start” button from the desktop.
  • Select “Brother” from the “All Programs” menu.
  • Choose your printer model.
  • Choose “Status Monitor.” A pop-up window with a basic chart of ink and toner levels will appear.

Using MacOS to Check Ink Levels:

  • Select “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Depending on your computer’s operating system, select “Print & Fax,” “Print & Scan,” or “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Choose “Open Printer Queue.”
  • Choose “Utility.”
  • Choose “Open Printer Utility”.
  • Choose “Status Monitor.” A pop-up window with a basic graph of toner and ink levels will appear.

Printers Epson

Epson is one of the world’s most well-known printer manufacturers. Epson has retained a reputation for producing long-lasting and dependable home and workplace printers since the invention of the mini-printer in 1968.

Using Your Printer to Check Ink Levels:

Only the linked PC or laptop can check printer ink or toner levels.

Using Windows to Check Ink Levels:

  • When you acquire a printer, make sure you also get a CD with the appropriate printer driver. This programme is required to check the inkjet cartridges levels and run any other maintenance checks on your printer.
  • Open the printer programme from your computer’s programme files or the CD.
  • Choose the “Maintenance” tab.
  • The Maintenance page will provide you with information on probable computer faults like toner and ink levels, paper jams, and device failures.

Using MacOS to Check Ink Levels:

  • Select “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Depending on your system, select “Print & Fax,” “Print & Scan,” or “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Choose your printer.
  • Choose “Options & Supplies.”
  • Choose “Utility.”
  • “Open Printer Utility” should be selected.
  • “EPSON Status Monitor” should be selected. The approximate ink levels will be displayed in the pop-up window.

Printers from Dell

Dell announced the cessation of printer manufacture in 2018 in order to reduce its hardware portfolio. However, due to the endurance of Dell printers, many consumers continue to use their dependable goods.

Checking Printer Ink Levels: 

Printer toner and ink levels may only be checked from the printer’s linked PC or laptop.

Using Windows to Check Ink Levels:

  • Select the “Start” menu from the desktop.
  • Select “Control Panel.”
  • Select “View Devices and Printers” from the “Control Panel.”
  • Double-click on your printer’s icon.
  • Select “Dell Ink Levels” from the “Services” page.
  • You may print a test sheet to evaluate printer toner and ink levels from the “Dell Ink Levels” pop-up.

Checking Ink Levels in MacOS: 

  • Select “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Depending on your computer’s operating system, select “Print & Fax,” “Print & Scan,” or “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Select your printer.
  • Choose “Supply Levels.” A pop-up window with projected ink levels will display.

Printers Lexmark

Lexmark, an IBM spin-off, has lately risen to prominence as a top printer producer. While Lexmark makes home printers, it is best recognised for its extensive array of inter and business-grade printers.

Using Your Printer to Check Ink Levels:

Only the linked PC or laptop can check printer toner and ink levels.

Checking Ink Or toner with Windows: 

  • From the Windows Store, download the “Lexmark P910 Series Utility.”
  • “Lexmark P910 Series Utility” will be launched.
  • To check the ink status, open the “Cartridges” menu.

Checking Ink Levels in MacOS: 

  • Select “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Depending on your computer’s operating system, select “Print & Fax,” “Print & Scan,” or “Printers & Scanners.”
  • Choose “Printer Queue.”
  • To view predicted printer ink levels, click “Supply Levels” or “Printer Setup,” followed by “Supply Levels” on the Printer Proxy toolbar.

Using Printer Test Pages to Check Ink Levels

While monitoring printer ink levels determines the amount of ink remaining in your toner cartridges, it does not take into consideration dried ink, obstructions, or other issues that might affect the quality of your print work. As a result, in addition to monitoring printer ink levels, printing a printer test page is also recommended.

A printer test page is a single-page printing of text and graphics that may assist in keeping the health of your toner cartridges while flagging potential faults with the printer. See Print / Printer Test Page for additional information on printer test pages.

Checking Printer Ink Levels in Windows 8

These are the procedures to take if you want to check the toner and ink levels on your desktop using Windows 8.

For example, if you have an HP Colour LaserJet Pro M452nw printer:

  • Enter Devices and Printers by pressing Windows key + S.
  • Choose Devices and Printer from the search results.
  • Select “HP Colour LaserJet Pro M452nw.”
  • Toner levels for the HP Colour LaserJet Pro M452nw will appear in the status box at the bottom of Devices and Printers if the printer is intended to indicate ink or toner levels.