How to buy the correct ink cartridge for your printer?

As we all know, different types of printers need to be used with different series of ink cartridges or toner cartridges. When a cartridge runs out of ink, you must replace it with the correct cartridge for your printer to work correctly. But for the users who first time to buy a printer cartridge, it will be a big problem to find the correct one for their printer. Is there any way for them to find out the correct model?

Check the package box your printer came in

The compatible printer cartridge model is clearly shown on most printer packages.

Ink cartridge Carrier

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

Printer manual

Usually, you can find the corresponding model series of the printer in the printer manual or printer guide.

Visit the manufacturer’s website

You can also find your printer model on the manufacturer’s website. The appropriate cartridge should be listed on the printer page. Look for the part number of the ink cartridge on the specification sheet or under the supplies section of the printer page.

Search through browser

Enter your printer model in the search box of Google browser.For example,Search “HP Officejet Pro 6968” + “ink cartridge”, you will get the correct cartridge “HP 902”, “HP 902XL” and “HP 906XL” ink cartridges for your printer

Search it on

You can also search your printer model on A list of all of the compatible cartridges for your specific printer are included the printer page. It’s easy for you to get the correct cartridge and buy it directly. For example, if you search for ”Deskjet 2600” on our website and all products of “HP 65XL” will list on the page.

Contact us for help

If you still can not confirm your printer cartridge, please feel freely to contact us, we’d be happy to help you find the correct cartridge for your printer.

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HP 902XL vs HP 902, which one is more affordable?

As we all know, ink cartridges are typically sold in three different capacities: standard yield, high yield and extra high yield. So do HP 902 ink cartridge. Which is. However what’s the difference between the standard yield hp 902, high yield hp 902XL and extra high yield hp 906XL?

XL prints more than standard cartridge

Standard Yield: HP 902, prints 300 pages per cartridge

High Yield: HP 902XL, prints 825 Pages per cartridge

Extra High Yield: HP 906XL, prints 1,500 pages per cartridge

If you print a lot, “XL” will be more affordable.

XL is larger but fits your printer just as the standard cartridge

The HP 902XL cartridge is LARGER than a standard 902 but is designed to fit in the same slot as a standard 902 in your printer.

HP 902XL inks are high capacity but are physically the same size as the standard 902 inks, which could be installed in the same way as a standard 902 cartridge.

The list of printers that HP 902xl ink cartridge and HP 902 ink cartridge fit is exactly the same.

HP OfficeJet 6954 – All in One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6960 – All in One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 – All in One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6970 – All in One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6975 – All in One Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 – All in One Printer

As a result, the HP 902XL cartridge is available for all above printers. It can save your money while providing greater compatibility.

Why v4ink only sale HP 902XL Ink Cartridge?

The HP 902XL has a higher capacity than the HP 902, which lasts almost three times longer than the 902 cartridge for only double the price of the 902 cartridge.

V4ink has always been committed to providing users with more cost-effective products. For the above reasons, v4ink only provides HP 902XL High Yield ink cartridge, which is equipped with the most up-to-date version of the chip and work perfectly with all compatible printers, including printers with the latest firmware version(Released in December 2020).

If you are looking for a cartridge that can provide better print quality at a lower price, a high quality compatible HP 902xl cartridge is a good choice. Please Remember that compatible ink cartridges can save you more than 50% compared with the original HP ink cartridge, and will not invalidate the printer warranty.

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Why is HP 902 hard to find?

On Dec 1st 2020, HP upgraded the firmware of 902-909 and 952-959 series printers, and claimed that after upgrading, the previous ink cartridge and third-party ink cartridge could not be used any more.

HP 902, 903, 904, 905, 906xl, 907xl, 908xl and 909xl cartridges may can not be compatible with these HP Officejet printers after December 2020:

Firmware updates have a serious impact on users and the market

For users, the ink cartridge they purchased cannot be used overnight. After firmware upgraded many users found that it’s hard to find HP 902 ink cartridge. It’s hard time for users who use 902-909 and 952-959 series printers, especially under the outbreak of COVID-19.

So they sent out online inquiries to HP, HP reported that users could buy new ink cartridges in HP stores, but the customers didn’t find them actually, and they couldn’t find them on staples, Office Depot, best buy, Wal Mart and Amazon, either. HP did not give a positive response to users’ questions.

For the market, this firmware update caused the printer to refuse to use the previous and third-party ink cartridge, which made great losses to the third-party ink cartridge manufacturers. As a result, thousands of ink cartridges are abandoned, which has an unnecessary negative impact on the environment.

For Hewlett Packard, they have been advocating the use of reusable ink cartridges, and this upgrade goes against their wishes. It not only makes the original ink cartridge unusable, but also causes a great waste of resources, which has an indelible impact on the whole earth and the market.

Using high quality compatible ink cartridges may be the best way to solve this problem

Do you still believe HP’s saying that the third-party ink cartridge can’t be used for the newly upgraded printer? HP’s scam has long been cracked by many third-party consumables companies, such as v4ink.

Some users who use HP 6978 printer for a long time give up HP because they can’t buy HP 902 and buy other brands of printers instead. But there are also some users who bought the latest version of HP 902 from v4ink, which revived their printers.

V4ink HP 902 ink cartridge is made of environment-friendly materials, which is perfectly compatible with your printer. The page output is the same as that of the OEM ink cartridge, and the printing effect is almost as good as that of the OEM ink cartridge. But the price is only half that of the OEM. In the case of HP 902 out of stock in the United States, v4ink can continue to provide users with high-quality HP 902 products to solve their urgent needs.

The comment of the users who use v4ink HP 902

Rnabulsi: V4ink saved my printer!

SN-1132: I can’t find hp 902xl ink anywhere. The covid 19 crisis made me work on home, and printers were essential. Fortunately, I found 902 ink in v4ink, and their printing effect is almost the same as that of HP original, which really surprised me!

RHH23: Found that the ink cartridge of my Officejet Pro 6978 has been recalled. HP doesn’t have any instructions, and the ink cartridge can’t be found on the website. I’m frustrated because I’ve been using my printer for eight years and I use it almost every day. HP has let me down. Until my friends recommended v4ink to me, their 902 ink cartridge can perfectly compatible with my printer, and not as HP said that the printer will be damaged. I really want to recommend v4ink to all my friends.

PhilipBuk: Last week, I received a standard cyan 902 toner cartridge (which I ordered in a short window when it was available at HP stores). Unfortunately, the ink cartridge I received didn’t work properly. I received an “ink cartridge incompatible” error. I called HP support, but it didn’t work. They sent me a replacement cartridge. Hope to receive it by the end of this week. And, hopefully, it will work.

At the same time, I picked up the third-party ink cartridge, hoping it would solve my trouble. At the beginning, it gave me an error prompt of “ink cartridge problem”. I felt very depressed. Later, with the help of after-sales service personnel, the printer was degraded and the new ink cartridge could be used normally. That’s great!

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Can I refill hp 902 ink cartridge by myself?

Yes, you can, but not a good idea. have tested on the OEM / New Compatible and Refilled ink cartridges. The results show that there is a big gap between the Refilled ink cartridge and the OEM / New Compatible ink cartridges. The quality and stability of the OEM / New Compatible ink cartridge is far better than that of the refilled ink cartridge.

Refilled ink cartridges print less

The ink cartridge needs to draw a certain amount of ink each time it prints, Since the refilled ink cartridge is old, which needs to draw more ink when printing, the ink will run out very quickly.

One HP 902xl of OEM / New Compatible ink cartridge can print up to 825 pages, while the refilled ink cartridge can only print 400 pages. The average number of pages printed by the OEM / New Compatible ink cartridge is twice that of the refilled ink cartridge.

The printing effect of refilled ink cartridge is poor, and the color is dim and light

Due to manual operation, refilled ink is easy to leak and pollute during the filling process. And due to the uneven quality of the ink purchased by individuals, the printing effect is often poor, and there are problems such as dim color, light color and distortion.

The OEM / New Compatible ink cartridge is not manual operation, but professional and assembly line work to ensure the stability of product quality. After testing, refilled ink cartridge results in an average of 18 times more wasted pages than the OEM / New Compatible ink cartridge.

Refilling ink is more likely to failure in use

40% of the refilled ink cartridges fail to use, mainly because the printer can’t recognize the cartridge properly.

95% of the OEM / New Compatible ink cartridges can work normally, only 5% of them have a small amount of abnormality.

During the test, was also found that some of the refilled ink cartridge could also cause damage to the printers.

Unable to adapt printer with firmware upgrade

Refilled ink does not solve the firmware upgrade problem. The chip on the ink cartridge must be update when the printer’s firmware is upgraded Therefore, the refilled ink can not adapt to the new printer firmware.

The OEM / New Compatible ink cartridge can effectively cope with the problem of printer firmware upgrade, because they will upgrade the chip of ink cartridge according to the firmware upgrade, so as to make their products match the printer all the time.

The best way to save money?

To sum up, refill hp 902 ink cartridge by yourself is not a good way to save money, and it is likely to damage your printer. OEM HP 902 ink is so expensive, how to save money? V4ink reminds you that the new compatible ink cartridge can almost match the OEM ink cartridge in various performances, however the price is only 25% of the OEM ink cartridge. That is to say, you can buy four new compatible v4ink HP 902XL ink cartridges for the price of one OEM HP 902xl ink cartridge. The best way to save money is to give consideration to both quality and price.

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How to turn off 952/902xl printer automatic firmware

Hp had update 952XL 902XL printer fireware on Dec 1st, which make the printer can not recognize the old ink cartridges. Users need to order new version 952XL 902XL ink cartridge to use normally.

V4ink found that there are some effective ways to solve the problem of firmware upgrade. One is to turn off the automatic firmware upgrade of the printer, another is to downgrade the printer firmware. Today, let’s talk about the first method.

When turning on the auto firmware update, error message “Cartridge not recognized / need replaced” may occur after installing 952XL/902XL ink cartridge.

To make sure not being interrupted during printing, here we offer a few steps for you to turn off automatic firmware update.

View our video below or keep reading to check out the process step-by-step!

Step 1: Swipe down the screen and press the “Setting” icon on the control panel.

Step 2: Scroll up the screen, choose “Printer Maintenance”.

Step 3: Scroll up the screen, then choose “Update the Printer”.

Step 4: Press “Printer Update Options”.

Step 5: Select “Do Not Check”.

Step 6: Select “No” to turn off auto firmware update.

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How to fix the common quality printing issue on HP 902 902XL?

When we use inkjet printers, we often encounter various printing quality problems. In fact, most of the problems can be solved by some simple troubleshooting steps.

Today, v4ink would like to provide you some guide for solving the common quality printing issue on HP 902, HP 902xl Ink Cartridges. Of course, these solutions are also applicable to other HP ink cartridges of the same type, such as HP 920, 932, 933, 934, 935, 950, 951, 952, 953, 956, 957…

01. White streaks, or lines/bands in solid color area fills

The cartridge may be empty. Please note that if you recently have received a “low ink” warning alert, the inks possibly run out. If not, after determining which color cartridge is causing the print quality problem, you can run print head cleaning on the printer to try and solve the problem.

How to clean the print head

1. On the printer control panel, slide down to open the dashboard, and then select the settings icon

2. Slide up on the screen and select printer maintenance

3. Select “clean print head” and then select “continue”

If the print quality on the test page does not improve, try to clean a second or third time as needed. If it cannot be improved after the third cleaning, the cartridge may need to be replaced.

02. Leaking ink

The source of the leak needs to be identified and corrected.

If there is a small amount of ink leaking at the edges, seams, or other areas of the nozzle, gently clean / wipe it off.

If ink appears to leak directly from the print head nozzle, gently dry / wipe the print head area with a wet paper towel for a few seconds. Repeat until the leak stops.

03. The color doesn’t match the previous one, seems dim or faded

The color printed out should look similar to the original cartridge. If you recently replaced the operating system or software driver, the problem may be caused by the difference between the previous configuration and the current configuration. Some operating systems and software drivers display / print different color intensity levels for a same source image. Also, check the carton and print quality mode selection to ensure that the paper and print settings are optimized for your print job. In draft mode, printing will be faster and less ink will be used, but the quality and ink saturation of printing and are low, what’s more, horizontal streaks may result. If these ideas don’t work, try running the print head cleaning utility, which can correct the situation.

04. Missing Colors

If the printer displays severe quality problem on print performance and / or multiple color losses (including blank pages) observed in the printer self-test page or print quality report, it is recommended to select the “Clean Printhead”, “Cleaning” or “Head Cleaning”  function from the printer ‘Tools/’Maintenance’ menu. You may need to activate the “Clean Printhead” Function two or three times to help restore and restart the ink system.

If none of the method above can solve your problems, please feel free to contact our after-sales team directly. Our email address is: or contact us on Facebook:

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How to install v4ink HP 902XL Ink Cartridge

A brand new v4ink HP 902XL Ink Cartridge 4 color set usually contain 1 black, 1 cyan, 1 yellow and 1 magenta ink cartridges. It can print up to 825 pages per black and color ink cartridge 5% coverage(Letter/A4), which page yield is the same as OEM products.

It’s very convenience that you can replace any color as needed. If the black ink cartridge is running low, you can just replace the black one (Same for other colors).

Here, we will show you step by step instructions on how to install the v4ink HP 902XL ink cartridge into the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 Printer.

Step 1: Make the cartridge upside down for 1-2 minutes.

Step 2: Remove the orange protective cover from the cartridge.

Step 3: Install the cartridge into the printer.

Step 4: Please don’t touch the chip during installation.

After installation the compatible ink cartridges, if the printer shows that “Non-HP Cartridges installed. HP cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of non-HP supplies”, you can press ‘OK’ to dismiss this prompt.  

Additional alert messages, such as “Used HP Cartridge”, “Non-Genuine Cartridge”, “Non-HP Cartridges” or “Counterfeit / Fraud” may also display. You can also press ‘OK’ or ‘Dismiss’ to bypass these prompts.

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How to trick HP printer to recognize the ink cartridge

In our daily life, we often encounter this kind of situation. When you put a new compatible HP ink cartridge into your printer, the printer keeps telling you that you need to replace the ink cartridge or the ink level is still read empty. You must be very annoyed and think that there is something wrong on the new ink cartridge you bought, but it doesn’t have to be so. In order to prevent third-party ink cartridges from being used in their printers, HP manufacturers have designed an ink cartridge protection device in their printers, so that compatible ink cartridges cannot be recognized by HP printers.

Which cartridges are affected by HP cartridge protection

The cartridge protection feature impacts the following HP cartridge series*: HP

60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 301, 302, 303, 304, 902, 903, 906XL, 907XL, 934/935, 950/951, 952/956XL, 953/957XL, 954/958XL & 970/971.

How can HP printers recognize your compatible ink cartridge? You need to trick your HP printer, how to operate? Let’s take a look at the v4ink guide:

Step 1: Remove the new cartridge from the printer and reload the old ink cartridge back into the printer.

Step 2: Wait about 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3: Remove the old cartridge and then re-install the new cartridge.

Your HP printer should now recognize the new cartridge. If not, try the following alternative steps:

Step 1. Remove the new ink cartridge from the printer.

Step 2. Please shut down your printer and power it down for 10 minutes.

Step 3. Re connect the power cord, but do not turn on the power button for the time being.

Step 4. Replace the new ink cartridge with the printer.

In fact, the law forbids the manufacture like HP to prevent users from using compatible ink cartridges, however, HP cleverly evades the law by setting cartridge protection, making compatible ink cartridge useless.

Compared with the expensive original HP ink cartridge, the compatible HP ink cartridge has no different in use, but the price is often much cheaper. If you want to use the compatible ink cartridge, you can disable the cartridge protection(click Here for the method) or use the above methods to trick the HP ink cartridge.

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How to Disable HP Cartridge Protection on Your Printer?

HP has introduced so-called cartridge protection settings on its original ink cartridges. The system locks the original cartridges in a specific printer, so you won’t be able to use them on other printers. If you have an Officejet Pro 6978 all in one printer and decide to purchase an Officejet Pro 6968 all in one printer which uses the same Ink Cartridges–HP 902 and HP 902XL, it will not work for the ink to use in the new printer. In addition, you will not be able to refill, recycle or use third-party compatible ink cartridges after the original ink cartridge runs out of, because HP and its ink cartridge protection system do not allow this.

Fortunately, there is a way to disable HP cartridge protection and make compatible ink cartridges work on your printer. What’s more, even if you don’t have any technical knowledge, you can do it yourself relatively easily.

How to Disable HP Cartridge Protection?

You can disable HP cartridge protection on the printer in a few simple steps.

If your printer does not come with an Internet feature, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Choose printer settings on the printer menu

Step 2: Find options that allow you to disable HP cartridge protection.

Step 3: Select the disable option.

Step 4: If necessary, click apply and save.

If your HP printer come with Internet feature, please perform the following steps:

Step 1: Open a web browser and enter the IP address of your HP printer on the search line.

Note: you can find the IP address of the printer through the following methods: Select the “printer settings”, and then go into the “network settings” option.

Step 2: The embedded web server of the printer opens. Go to settings, then go to HP cartridge protection.

Step 3: Select disable HP cartridge protection

Step 4: Click on Apply or Save.

Disable HP cartridge protection from Windows PC:

Step 1: Go to the control panel and select the printer and device.

Step 2: Find the printer in the list and right-click.

Step 3: Select “properties” and “software” tab in turn.

Step 4: Un-tick “automatically update” printer.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answer for HP 902 ink cartridge

Since the firmware update of HP 902 series printers in December last year, there has been a lot of customer consultation about HP 902. The v4ink customer service team extracted the following common and important questions and answers from the customer feedback, hoping to provide some help and guidance for you in the process of using HP 902 ink cartridge.

01. What printers work with the HP 902 ink cartridge?

Printer OfficeJet 6954/6960/6962, OfficeJet Pro 6960/6968/6975/6978 All-in-One Printer works with HP 902 ink cartridge.

02. Whats the difference between HP 902 and HP 902XL?

The major difference between HP 902 and 902XL is the page yield.

HP 902 is standard cartridge which can print up to 300 pages per black and color cartridge. HP 902XL is high-yield cartridge which can print up to 825 pages per black and color cartridge.

Also, HP 902XL will be larger, but they are both suitable for the same printer, and should install the same way as the HP 902 standard cartridge.

03.What is the function of the chip?

The chip is used for printer to identify ink cartridge and record the consumption of the ink.

After each task, the printer will calculate with the original record of the cartridge chip according to the amount of ink required for the task (different tasks use different amount of ink, such as cleaning, printing text, printing pictures), and then update to the chip.

The printer reads the data recorded by the cartridge’s chip. Thus, the printer will remind no ink when the chip detected the original toner running out. 

If you add ink by yourself, you must crack the ink cartridge chip after adding ink, otherwise the printer may not recognize the ink.

Due to the existence of the chip, non original ink cartridge also has the risk of being unrecognized by the printer.

04. Why does HP need firmware upgrade?

The purpose of HP’s firmware upgrade is to improve the performance of the system and hardware carried by HP laser printer and to repair the bug.

05. Can we prevent the printer firmware from updating automatically?

We can turn off the printer firmware update settings to prevent printer from automatically update.

Step 1: Swipe down the screen and press the “Setting” icon on the control panel.

Step 2: Scroll up the screen, choose “Printer Maintenance”.

Step 3: Scroll up the screen, then choose “Update the Printer”.

Step 4: Press “Printer Update Options”.

Step 5: Select “Do Not Check”.

Step 6: Select “No” to turn off auto firmware update.

Click Here for video instruction.

If your printer has been upgraded automatically, you can also restore the printer firmware to the previous version by downgrade the firmware.

Here is the method.

06. Can I Replace Ink Chip by myself?

6 Steps for Replace Ink Chip

Step 1: Purchase ink replenishment kit and smart chip compatible with ink cartridge used in printer. Typically, you can find a kit containing smart chips at an office supply store or online retailer.

Step 2: Turn off the printer, and then remove the ink cartridge according to the instructions in the user’s guide or the label on the inside of the maintenance door cover.

Step 3: Refill the cartridge according to the instructions in the ink refill kit.

Step 4: Adjust the orientation of the ink cartridge so that you can access the smart chip at the bottom. Use tweezers or art knife to gently pry the smart chip until it breaks away from the plastic tab that holds it in place. Or, if the chip has an entrance that allows you to slide it out of the housing, use tweezers to pull it out from under the tab. Remove the old smart chip and set it aside.

Step 5: Insert the new chip into the slot or under the tab at the bottom of the cassette. Gently push the chip down into the tab or slide it into the slot until it is fixed.

Step 6: Turn on the printer and use it normally. After using the tool to reset the smart chip on the ink cartridge, the printer application will no longer display the “ink cartridge used up” or “ink cartridge nearly used up” warning messages.

07. What to do if HP 902 leaking ink?

Replace the ink cartridge. Don’t try to repair it, otherwise, the printer will be damaged as if HP can’t provide service for the printer during the warranty period.

08. What if the printer doesn’t recognize the HP 902 ink cartridge?

Step 1: Remove your new cartridge and replace it with the old one. Leave your printer and go and do something else for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Replace the old cartridge with the new one again.These two steps alone often resolve the issue, so see if your printer now recognizes your new cartridges. However, if you’re still having trouble…

Step 3: Remove the new cartridge. Make sure you place it in a clean and safe place where the cartridge or the surface won’t be damaged.

Step 4: Turn the printer off.

Step 5: Unplug your printer at the wall. It’s important to do both steps 4 and 5 separately, as some printers can remain in sleep mode if you’ve only switched off the power button on the printer control panel. Leave your printer like this for about 10 minutes or so.

Step 6: Plug your printer back in at the wall (but don’t press the power button just yet).

Step 7: Insert your new cartridge.

Step 8: Press the power button on your inkjet printer to restart your printer.

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