What Ink Cartridge Does Your Printer Use?

When you purchase a printer for your home or office, The manufacturer recommends certain types of ink because the incorrect kind can produce inferior printing results. In some cases, the wrong ink cartridge won't fit in the machine or the printer will refuse to accept it. Even if you misplaced your printer's manual, you can still find out the type of ink the machine needs. If you are buying a printer cartridge for the first time or you do not know or have forgotten what model is needed for your printer. We know how very important it is to know which printer ink cartridge is used by your printer, and how frustrating and time consuming, it can be when you don't know. Each printer uses a specific series of printer cartridges. If you use the wrong series, the cartridges will not work with your printer and you will waste time and money.  Below are a few simple methods we provide to determine which ink cartridges are suitable for your machine so that you can find the right ink cartridge(s) immediately.


1. Check the printer box or the ink cartridge box (If you have it)

Inspect the printer's packaging or the packaging of the latest ink cartridge you've purchased. The ink type is normally printed on both boxes. Most printer manufacturers provide the ink cartridge series directly on the printer box (the original box your printer was housed in). In this example, HP includes the cartridge name (HP 63 series) on both the side of the cartridge and the flap. We understand that most people do not keep this item so this may not be an option for you.

2. Check the inside of the printer

Open the printer and allow the ink carrier to move to the center of the machine. Look at the product number printed on each cartridge. If you don't see a number on the top of a cartridge, remove it from the printer. Look for the number printed on a sticker on the side of the cartridge. Most printer manufacturers also include the name of the printer cartridge inside the printer where the cartridge would be installed. It may be found in different areas on different models of printers, depending on the design of the printer. If you opened the ink cartridge carriage, you will more than likely find brand of ink cartridge needed for your printer somewhere in that area.

3. Check the printer manual

Read your printer's instruction manual, if you have it. The manual will usually tell you what kind of ink the printer requires. The ink cartridge's number is also printed within your printer's manual. Look for the number next to the wording “Cartridge number” or “Cartridge type.” Write down the numbers on a piece of paper or keep the manual with you so you can locate the ink cartridge quickly. Most printers come with a physical manual, but if not, you can often find a free downloadable PDF copy on the printer manufacturer's website, just search using the printer's make and model to look up the manual on the search engine of your choice. Often you will find it immediately.

4. Look at the ink reference card

Look for the ink reference card that came with your printer, if applicable. Some printer manufacturers, such as HP, put this card in the box with your printer.

5 .Consult the printer manufacturer's website

Go to your printer manufacturer's website and look up the machine's model number. Read the printer's description or documentation to find the type of ink it needs. A good place to confirm the ink cartridge number is directly on the manufacturer's website. Note it is best first determine your printer's make and model. If you don't have the documentation that came with the printer, inspect the machine for a model number printed on the bottom, back or side. This option may be faster than searching a printer manual. Just find the printer make and model, then check the "Supplies" or "Related Items" on the printer product page.

6. Contact customer service

Feel free to contact us with any questions, it is our pleasure to help you in any way we can to solve any issue you may have.


Your printer's ink cartridge number is printed on the top or front of the ink cartridge carrier on a sticker. The sticker also contains the color of the cartridge – black, magenta, yellow and cyan. If your printer contains a color ink cartridge that combines all three colors – magenta, yellow and cyan – the combined cartridge contains a single number instead of three numbers. The correct number can also be found on each ink cartridge itself.