How to Replace an Ink Cartridge in a Canon Inkjet Printer

By Editorial Team

Updated July 21, 2017

It's important to become familiar with changing the ink cartridges in your printer. It may take a little practice, but you'll quickly get the hang of it. Follow the steps below to replace the ink cartridge in a Canon inkjet printer.

Select the ink cartridge specific to your printer. Canon inks are versatile, so your selection may be as simple as choosing between black, color or a multi-pack with black and color cartridges.

Turn on your Canon printer. The switch is generally located on the top right hand side of the printer. Open the printer's lid.

Wait a moment. The cartridge carrier will automatically disengage.

Put your hand behind the existing ink cartridge and pull the cartridge towards you until it pops out. Dispose of or recycle the used cartridge.

Carefully pull the tape off the new cartridge.

Position the new cartridge into the cartridge carrier. Make sure it is facing the correct position.

Press the cartridge carrier gently until it clicks into place. Some cartridges have indicators to demonstrate that they are properly positioned.

Close the printer's lid. Print a test page to ensure everything is working properly.


Always use Canon ink cartridges to ensure quality. Keep backup ink cartridges on hand to avoid a last-minute trip to the store.


Be careful not to bump the paper adjustment lever when installing the new cartridge.

Items you will need

  • New ink cartridge

  • Canon inkjet printer