How to Make an Epson Printer Recognize Clone Cartridges

By Jeff Grundy

In most cases, changing the ink cartridge in an Epson printer is a relatively straightforward process. If using genuine Epson cartridges, you can usually install a new one and start printing again within minutes. However, if you use clone or aftermarket cartridges produced by another manufacturer, the Epson print utility in Windows may display error messages warning that the cartridge is not authentic and may not work properly. Nevertheless, you can still use the clone cartridge by simply disabling the warning messages in the print utility.

Power on the printer. Open the cartridge cover or control panel cover on the Epson printer according to the directions in the user guide or manual. Wait for the cartridge cradle to slide to the center of the chassis so you can access it.

Remove the clone cartridge, and then reinsert it in the cartridge cradle. Close the cover and wait a few seconds for the printer to cycle the cartridges.

Open a Windows application and attempt to print a document from it. If the warning message was a result of a loose cartridge or one not seated properly, the document should print normally.

Right-click an open area on the Start screen, and then click the "All Apps" icon in the lower left corner. Click the link for the "Epson Status Monitor" or "Epson Print Utility."

Click the "Maintenance" tab in the Epson print application. Click the "Speed and Progress" button.

Click the check box next to the "Disable EPSON Status Monitor" option to place a check mark inside it. Click the "OK" button, and then close the Epson print application.

Open a Windows application and print a document from it. The Epson Status Monitor no longer displays warning messages and prints the document normally.


With some older Epson printers, you can use the Epson Printer Service Utility application to reset the chip, disable warning messages and reset counters for cartridges (link in Resources).

If the Epson Status Monitor displays warning messages regarding a chip used with a refilled cartridge, you may need to use a chip-reset tool to override the error (links in Resources).