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Last updated on September 1st, 2020 at 03:41 pm

Why Is My Printer Printing Blank Pages? [Solved]

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Why is my printer printing blank pages? This is the most common issue you’ll experience when using a printer but no need to worry; you’re not alone. Some of the issues are easy to fix, but some might need professional help.

Keep reading to see if you need repair services or not. Here are the reasons and solutions.

Reasons Why Your Printer Prints Blank Pages (Dell, Epson, Canon. Etc.)

Empty Ink Or Toner Cartridge

Your first stop should always be to check if you’re out of toner or ink. Printers typically have a toner or ink management program which warns you if you’re running out of ink.

If you opted to ignore it, this is the result; thus, you might want to check if you need to replace the cartridge.

This problem typically affects inkjet and monochrome laser printers. It should be the first issue you rule out.

Why Is My Printer Printing Blank Pages

Clogged Printhead

In case the cartridge has ink, but it’s not printing, you might want to check the printing nozzle as it could have a blockage. This typically affects printers that are not used regularly. If the printer isn’t used for long, ink hardens, thus blocking the nozzle in the printhead.

Any problem with the nozzle or printhead results in printing issues, among which are blank pages. This should not be much of an issue, especially if you’re using a HP printer as it comes with automated tools to handle the cleaning.

You can either clean the printhead from your printer or from the control panel. The latter is easier and is a seven-step process.

Begin by placing a plain paper in your input tray, select the (-) button on the Control Panel, press the (>) button, and Select Tools. Click OK, press the Right Arrow Button, and scroll to the Clean Printhead option.

Allow the printer some time to clean the printhead. Once it’s done, it will display a confirmation message to signify that the process is complete.

Clogged Inkjet Printhead

If you’re using an inkjet printer and the printhead is clogged, you can access the Control Panel and activate the Automated Printhead Cleaning Cycle.

This will unclog the printhead by emitting extra ink in an attempt to soften the clog. If this doesn’t yield results, you can attempt the deep cleaning function.

Occasionally, the automated cleaning methods will not work, and your remaining option will be to clean your inkjet printer manually.

However, you have to be very careful when cleaning the printhead. Start by identifying whether your printer uses a detachable or integrated printhead.

If the printhead is detachable from the cartridge, be careful when handling it to avoid contact with the ink and not to expose the sponge part.

Ensure that you wear protective gloves during the cleaning process. Start by removing the clogged printhead, then mix a solution of water and isopropyl alcohol.

The mixture should be 50% water and 50% isopropyl alcohol. Soak the printhead in your solution for several minutes. Take it out and wipe it dry with a non-abrasive cloth.

Once it’s dry, put it in its rightful place and turn on your printer. Your printer should print perfectly, if it doesn’t repeat step three. However, instead of soaking for several minutes, leave it overnight.

Wireless Connectivity

Wireless connection is great; you can connect to the printer from any part of your house; the only issue is that you can’t see it. This means that if you have a connection problem, you probably won’t know unless you troubleshoot.

It might sound stupid, but powering down and powering back up electronics does wonders. Try powering down the printer for a minute and turn it on.

Don’t forget to reboot the router as it could be the source of the network connection issue.

If you’re using HP printers, access the Control Panel, select Wireless Network Test Report, and Print. The Network Report will help you understand if you have a connectivity issue. Consider restarting your devices to fix this issue.

You also need to consider if you changed anything recently. For example, did you update your operating system or firewalls, recently?

If yes, you might want to reconfigure the settings to include the printer. If it’s an updated software, you can try reverting to the previous version to see if it will connect.

Those are some of the common issues but if you want a fix for your specific printer brand, keep reading.

Why Is My Printer Printing Blank Pages [HP Printer Solution]

HP Printer
HP Printer

HP printers may be the most popular printers, but they also have issues. Here is how you resolve them.

Check Ink Cartridges

If your printer is working but printing blank pages, you can resolve this by using genuine HP cartridges.

HP recommends users to buy only HP genuine cartridges because they can’t guarantee the quality of the other brands. Therefore, your first check should be the authenticity of the cartridges.

On occasion, your printer will point out that you’re using non-HP ink cartridges. You’ll occasionally get pop-ups on your screen, indicating that you’re using refilled, used, or counterfeit cartridges.

The printer won’t do much beyond the pop-ups, which you can dismiss by clicking “OK.” However, it can also result in issues like printing blank pages; thus, you might want to resolve that.

How To Clean Printer Heads

If the cartridges are genuine, check the ink level and replace any cartridge that’s low or empty. In case the problem persists, check the printhead as it could be clogged. The cleaning method for HP printers was discussed earlier.

If the problems persist, try reinstalling the cartridges. Remove the cartridges and check if any of the cartridges are defective. Those that are defective need to be replaced.

Run Windows Troubleshooter

If cartridges are fine, Run The Windows Troubleshooter. It will detect and fix any issues automatically. Access to the troubleshooter will vary depending on your computer’s operating system. This troubleshoot will focus on Windows 10.

If you look at your keyboard, it should have a Windows Logo Key, press it. A search bar will appear at the bottom left side of your screen.

Type troubleshoot settings and select Troubleshoot Settings. Scroll to Printer and click Printer.

On the right side, click Run The Troubleshooter. Wait a few minutes for your printer to run the troubleshooter.

Try printing a page; if it’s still blank, check for further suggestions below.

Download HP Print and Scan Doctor

This is a free tool that you can get on the HP support website. Download it and follow the installation instructions.

Once the installation is complete, run the tool and click start. Follow the installation availed on your screen, and hopefully, the problem will be resolved.

Why Is My Printer Printing Blank Pages [Brother Printer Solutions]

Brother Printer

Blank pages are typically a result of the following problems:

Wrong Paper Size

If your printer was set to print a specific size, it might interfere with your printing task. Access the setting and change the default settings of the printer.

Check Ink Status

Turn on the printer and access the menu. Choose Ink Management and touch “OK” scroll to the Ink Volume, and tap “OK.” This will confirm how much ink you’ve left. If you have none, replace the empty cartridges.

If the cartridges have ink, remove them, clean, and reinsert them. Check whether the issue has been resolved. If not, try the fix below.

Clean The Printhead

If the printhead is clogged either by ink or bits of paper, you’ll need to clean it. Begin by accessing the menu, scroll to the ink section, select the Cleaning Option, and press “OK.”

Always select the black color first, press clean and repeat the procedure with the other cartridges.

Check The Computer And Printer Connection

If you have a wireless brother printer, check the wireless connection. The connection could be the problem, and you might need to restart your computer, printer, and router.

If it doesn’t connect, try ethernet cable and see if it will print. If the result is still blank pages, you might want to get professional help.

Uninstall The Printer Driver

The printer driver is an application like any other; you can uninstall and install it. On your Windows PC, access the Control Panel, select program, and features.

All installed programs will appear, scroll down to the Printer Driver, and select Uninstall. Click Yes and follow all the instructions provided.

Once you’re done, restart your PC and download the latest version of the printer driver. Install it and see if the problem is resolved.

Final Thoughts

If everything detailed here fails, try the official support website of the manufacturer. They should have remedies to fix your problem.

If the remedies do not work, you have two remaining options. One, you can contact a professional to fix your printer. They should have a way to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

If that doesn’t work, maybe it’s time to let go of your printer, especially if you’ve had it for long. You can also replace certain parts that might help extend its service life. You’ll have to choose whether repairs are viable in a long term approach.

If not, opt for replacement and choose a model that’s tailored to your printing needs and habits.


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