Printer Resetting 101: By Reset Type and Brand



Your printer is awesome... except when it loses its mind and forgets who and what it is. Can’t find network connection… Internet unavailable… Paper feed error… Can’t do anything right…

What’s wrong with you? Are you suffering from some form of machine dementia?

Printer Reset & Restart

It’s time for a factory reset.

Resetting your printer to its factory default settings is usually a last resort when it comes to troubleshooting, but it’s often the answer to your problems.

Sometimes it’s as easy as clicking a button or a drop-down menu giving you the option to Restore Network Settings. Other printer models make you work a bit harder.

Either way, treat your newly reborn printer to fresh, brand name ink and toner from Toner Buzz!

How To Reset HP Printer?

➜ How To Reset HP Printer to Factory Settings

According to HP, restoring the factory-set defaults on your printer will not reset the page count, tray size, or language.

To restore your HP printer to factory-default settings, follow these steps.

  1. Turn the printer off. Disconnect the power cable from the printer for 30 seconds and then reconnect.
  2. Turn the printer on while you press and hold the Resume button for 10-20 seconds. The Attention light turns on.
  3. Release the Resume button. The Attention and Ready lights cycle while the printer restores factory defaults.

➜ HP Printer “Out Of Paper” Reset

We love our HP printer except when there’s an erroneous message about the paper being empty.

There are plenty of sheets in the paper tray...why doesn’t the computer see that?

One solution to this problem is to reset your HP printer by unplugging it.

It’s a pretty simple process:

  • With the printer turned on, pull out the power cable from the back of the printer
  • Unplug the power cable from the wall outlet
  • Wait 15 seconds
  • Plug the power cable into the back of the printer
  • Plug the printer back into the wall outlet
  • Turn the printer back on
  • Run a test print

Following these steps will reset your HP printer’s “out of paper” message.

➜ How To Reset The Password On Your HP Printer

There are a few different ways to reset the password on your HP printer. It’s a good idea to periodically change the password on your printer, especially if it is used by groups of people, like in an office or classroom setting.

 HP Printer Password Reset: Method 1

  • With your printer on, press and hold the Wi-Fi button and the cancel button simultaneously. This will put your HP printer into setup mode.
  • Download the HP Smart app onto your Android device or iPhone to complete the password change procedure.
  • Within the HP Smart app, choose “Printer Setup. ”
  • Scroll to the bottom and choose “Advance Settings.”
  • Select “Settings and Security.”
  • Choose “Password Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  • You will be prompted to choose a new password for your HP printer.

 HP Printer Password Reset: Method 2

You can use this method without downloading the HP Smart app.

  • Press the Home button on your HP Printer
  • Select “Settings”
  • Select “Setup”
  • Select “Reset Password”

 HP Printer Password Reset: Method 3

You can also reset the password on your HP printer from your Windows operating system.

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Select “Devices and Printers”
  • Right-click on the wireless HP icon
  • Click “Properties”
  • Click “Reset Password”
  • Enter a new password and save changes

How To Reset Canon Printer

➜ How To Reset Your Canon To Factory Settings

You may want to reset your Canon to its factory default settings. This is a good idea if your printer is acting buggy — set everything back to factory settings.

Here's how to reset a Canon printer to its factory settings:

  • Press the “Menu Button” on the front of the printer.
  • Use the arrow buttons to locate the “Setup Menu” and select “OK”
  • Use the arrow buttons to select “Device Settings” and select “OK”
  • Select “Reset Settings” and select “OK”

This will begin the process to reset your Canon to its factory settings.

Resetting a Canon to factory default settings is a sound solution to the dreaded B200 error message that plagues some Canon owners. This method works to reset Canon Pixma MX922 printer as well as other Canon printer models.

➜ Hard Reset Canon Printer

Canon printers sometimes give you a strange error message. The easiest way to get rid of it is performing a hard reset.

How do I hard reset a Canon printer?

  • Power the printer down.
  • Press and hold the stop button while pressing the on button.
  • Release the start button.
  • Press the start button five times in a row.
  • Release the on button

Give your Canon a few seconds to reset itself.

➜ How To Reset Your Canon Printer After An Ink Cartridge Change

You may need to reset your Canon printer after refilling your Canon ink cartridges.

To reset your Canon printer after replacing the ink cartridges:

  • Shut down your Canon printer.
  • Press and hold the “Stop” button.
  • Press the “Power” button while continuing to hold the “Stop” button.
  • Hold the “Stop” button for 10 seconds.
  • Release the “Stop” button.
  • Press and hold the “Power” button while pressing the “Stop” button twice
  • After 30 seconds, the printer will display an “O.”
  • Press the “Stop” button four times.
  • Press the “Power” two times.
  • Press “Power” once more to shut down the printer.
  • Unplug the power cable from the back of the printer.
  • Open the ink cartridge cover.
  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Plug the power cable back into the back of the printer.
  • Shut the ink cartridge cover.
  • Release the “Power” button.

This will reset the Canon printer ink cartridges.

➜ How To Reset Canon Pixma Printer Ink Cartridge & Factory Settings?

➜ How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Canon PIXMA Printers

1. On the printer display home screen, select the “set up” button (it looks like a gear).

2. Select “settings” > “device settings” > “reset settings” > “reset all” > “OK” and then “Yes.”

3. After resetting, you may need to perform the setup process again. If you need to download the setup software again, search for your printer on Canon’s website.

How To Reset Brother Printers

➜ How To Reset A Brother Printer To Factory Settings

In order to reset a Brother printer, first:

  • Open the top lid so you can see inside
  • Press the on/off button seven times
  • A green light on the front of the printer will blink as it resets
  • Close the printer lid

Once the light stops blinking your Brother printer should be stored to its OEM factory settings.

Brother printer reset complete! Your Brother printer is reset to its factory default settings.

➜ How To Reset The Password On A Brother Printer

You may need to reset a Brother printer password. This password allows access to the Brother network card, BRAdmn, Remote Setup and Web Based Management.

Your default Brother password will be located on either the back or bottom of your printer preceded by the letters “Pwd.” If you cannot find a password on the printer itself, the default Brother password is, “Initpass.”

Brother recommends you change the password on your printer.

To reset the password on your Brother printer:

  • Open a web browser
  • Type in “http://(yourIPaddress).
    • How to find can your IP address
    • On a Mac , open “System Preferences” and select “Network.” Depending on your printer’s connection, choose either “WiFi” or “Ethernet.” You IP address will be shown beneath your connection status.
    • For Windows users, open the WiFi panel from the taskbar. Choose the WiFi network you’re connected to and select “Properties.” Your IP address will be listed next to the words “IPv4 address.”
  • Type your printer’s default password and enter to log in
  • Select the “Administrator” tab. (If there is no “Administrator” tab, select “Login Password.”)
  • Type a new password into the “Enter New Password” field. (Store and remember your password. Brother is unable to recover forgotten passwords so you’ll need to reset the printer to factory default settings if your password is lost.)
  • Re-type your new password in the “Confirm New Password” field.
  • Click “Submit.”

This is how to perform a Brother printer password reset.

➜ How To Reset The Drum Counter On A Brother Printer

If you replace the  drum unit on a Brother printer, you have to reset the page counter back to zero by resetting the printer drum.

  • To reset the drum unit on a Brother printer:
  • Press the “Settings” button
  • Press “All settings” (if applicable)
  • Select Machine Information
  • Select Parts Life
  • Press and hold the Drum/Drum Life button until the display on the printer changes
  • Select “Yes”
  • Press “Home”

This will reset the drum counter on your Brother printer.

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➜ How To Reset Factory Default Settings For BrotherHL-L2350DWHL-L2370DWHL-L2370DW XL Printers

1. On the printer display home screen, navigate to “Initial Setup” and then press “OK.”

2. Navigate to “Reset” and then press “OK.”

3. Choose the type of reset you would like to perform and press “OK.”

4. Press the down button and the press the down button again for “Yes.”

How To Reset To Default All Lexmark Printers

➜ How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Lexmark Printers:

1. Press the Menu > button on the operator panel until Utilities Menu (or Tests Menu) appears on the display.

2. Press the Select button once to enter the menu.

3. Press the Menu > button until Factory Defaults appears on the display.

4. Press the Select button. You should see = Restore on the display.

5. Press the Select button once more to change the printer's settings to the original factory values.

To reset the printer's non-volatile RAM (NVRAM): The procedure described below activates a "soft" NVRAM reset, which means that vital printer information will not be deleted.

1. Power the printer off completely.

2. While the power is off, simultaneously hold down the Menu>, Go, and Select buttons.

3. While still holding down the buttons, power the printer back on. Release the buttons when Restoring Factory Defaults appears on the display.

4. Allow the printer to warm up as normal.

NOTE: Neither of the above procedures (restoring the factory defaults, clearing the NVRAM) should reset the network card settings.

How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Ricoh Printers

1. Back up address books stored in the Ricoh copier settings. Resetting to factory defaults will erase all stored data.

2. Press the “./*” key and the “#” key on the Ricoh copier at the same time and hold for 10 seconds. The copier will shut down and begin to re-boot. During this process, the Ricoh is resetting itself to factory default settings.

3. Test to make sure the process worked. Go through the menu options on the screen and see if your old settings have been replaced and your address books have been cleared. If this is the case, your Ricoh copier has been reset to factory defaults.

Resetting RICOH Printers - MP171 SPF, gw2004

How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Samsung Printers

Samsung Printers also offer three different reset options.

Basic Resetting

1. You have to press the keys in quick succession MENU # 1 9 3 4. The display will show TECH.

2. Select the MENU key again followed by ENTER. The display will show TECH MODE.

3. Press the < key two times. The operator panel will show NEW CARTRIDGE.

4. Select ENTER. The panel will show YES.

5. Press ENTER again.

6. Exit from this mode by pressing MENU # 1 9 3 4 again.

Using Raw and Simple Package

The Raw Package contains original firmware upgrades from Samsung with the patches and firmware downloads. Using this package you will need to run the complete steps.

The Simple Package contains the patched version of firmware so you only need to run the final step.

1. Run the firmware downloader. DO NOT turn off or disconnect the printer/computer during this process.

2. To exit the downloader, press any key turn off your printer for about 10 seconds and turn it back on.

Manual Reset

1. Push the power button until the LED light turns off.

2. Remove the power cord from the back of the printer and leave the printer unplugged for at least five to 10 minutes.

3. Plug the printer back in.

4. Press and hold the stop button for two to three seconds until the demo page begins to print.

Resetting Samsung Xpress Printers: M2070, M2070F, M2070FW

How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Panasonic Printers

Reset with Network Setup Tool

1. Display the Network Setup Tool.

2. Click the printer you want to set up in the list.

3. Click the Setup menu, then click Network Factory Default.

4. Click [Yes].

5. Enter the password and click [OK].

6. Click [Yes] to restart the printer.

Reset with Printer Panel

1. Press MENU/EXIT (Pause) button on the printer panel.

2. Press CONTINUE button until NW Protocol Setup menu appears.

3. Press ENTER button.

4. Press CONTINUE button until Factory Reset appears.

5. Press ENTER button.

6. Press CONTINUE button to select Yes.

7. Press ENTER button.

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How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Oki Printers

Windows users

1. Run the printer menu setup tool.

2. Click [+] to the left of [Maintenance Menu].3. Click [MENU RESET], and then click the [EXECUTE] button.

4. Note - If resetting defaults on a network printer, click [+] to the left of [Network Menu].

5. Click [FACTORY DEFAULTS], and then click the [EXECUTE] button.

Mac OS X users

1. Run Menu Setup.

2. Double-click [Applications] - [OKI DATA] - [MenuSetup] - [OKI B400 Printer Menu Setup Tool].

3. Select the connection method, and then click [OK].

4. Select the [Maintenance] tab.

5. Click [EEPROM RESET].

How To Reset OKI MC342 With the OKI Printer Resetter

How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Sharp Printers

Navigate to the Power Reset screen on your computer. Here, you have two options:

Reboot the MFP — This restarts the machine. When you tap the [Execute] key, the Restart screen appears. When you tap the [Execute] key again, the machine will restart.

Enter The Power Save Mode — This shifts the machine to power save mode. When you tap the [Execute] key, the Power Save Mode screen appears. When you tap the [Execute] key again, the machine will switch to the Auto Power Shut-Off mode.

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How To Reset Epson Printers

➜ How To Reset Epson Printer to Factory Settings

You restore your Epson printer to its factory default settings through the printer’s control panel.

  • Press the home button
  • Select Setup
  • Scroll and select System Administration (You may need an administrative password for this step)
  • Scroll and select Restore Default Settings
  • Selection one of the following reset options:
    • Wi-Fi/Nework Settings
    • Copy Settings
    • Scan Settings
    • Fax Settings
    • Clear All Data and Settings
  • Select the settings you want to reset and press “Yes” (Or “No” if you wish to cancel).

This should complete the factory reset of your Epson printer.

➜ Epson Printer Firmware Reset

Firmware updates are necessary to keep your printer software running smoothly. But occasionally you’ll download a firmware update that messes with your printer operation (especially if you’re using third-party ink or toner cartridges).

Fear not — it is possible to reset your firmware to a previous version. It’s called a firmware downgrade.

  • Connect your printer to your computer with a USB cable.
  • Remove all printer cartridges.
  • The next step is opening the firmware update screen. The method depends on your printer model, but if you experiment a bit you’ll get the right combination. They usually begin with a long press of the stop button, followed by a three-button press. For example. On Epson XP-300 and XP-630 printers, you long press the stop button followed by pressing the Home, Power, and Left Arrow buttons together. Epson XP-440 and XP-640 models printers use a long press on the stop button followed by pressing the Left Arrow, Right Arrow, and Power buttons simultaneously. However, Epson XP-800 series printers require a long press of the power button and the top right corner of the touch screen together in order to bring up the firmware update screen.
  • Once you’ve reached the firmware update screen, you will need to download the previous version of the firmware from the printer manufacturer’s website. Follow the instructions on your computer to complete the installation of the selected firmware.
  • When the firmware update is finished, unplug your printer from the wall outlet to shut it down, and then plug it right back in.
  • Turn your printer back on and reinstall your cartridges.

This should complete the firmware reset of your Epson printer.

Reset Factory Default Setting on Epson XP-440 Printer

➜ How To Reset Factory Default Settings for Epson Workforce Pro Printers

1. On the printer display home screen, navigate to the “settings” button.

2. In the settings menu, scroll down to “reset default settings.”

3. Choose which function that you want to reset. If you want to reset everything, select “Clear All Data and Settings.”

How To Reset Printer Spooler

In the Windows operating system, the print spooler is a holding pen for print jobs. The spooler lines the print job up in the order they are received.

The print spooler window can get pretty crowded if you’re sharing a printer in a busy office or classroom. If one print job jams the printer, everyone has to wait.

Sometimes the easiest solution is to restart the print spooler.

➜ Reset the print spooler: Windows 10

  • Go to search
  • Type “Task Manager” and hit enter
  • Go to Services
  • Find the spooler file
  • Right click the spooler file and select “stop”
  • Right click the spooler file again and select “start”

This should reset the print spooler in Windows 10.

➜ Reset the print spooler: Windows 7

  • On the window taskbar, click the search box
  • Type “Admin” in the search file box and hit enter
  • Click on “Administrative Tools”
  • Double click “Services”
  • Right click the spooler file and select “stop”
  • Right click the spooler file again and select “start”
  • Restart the computer and try to print job.again

This is how to reset the print spooler in Windows 7.

➜ Reset the print spooler: Windows 8

  • Go to search
  • Type “Services” and hit enter
  • Click “View Local Services”
  • Scroll down until you see “Print Spooler”
  • Right click “Printer Spooler”
  • Select “Restart”

This is how to reset the print spooler in Windows 8.

Here’s a helpful video:

Resetting The Printing System On A Mac

Mac computers are usually pretty well behaved but occasionally you will get a printer problem that proves stubborn. If this is the case, you will need to reset the Mac printing system.

To reset a Mac printing system:

  • Open your system preferences
  • Click on printers and scanners
  • Hold the control key and click on the list of printers
  • A pop-up menu will prompt you to reset the printing system

Once complete you need to add your devices back into the main menu by clicking the large “+” button on the bottom of the printer list window.

Resetting the printing system on an Apple computer.

Finding Your Method

Hopefully you found the best method for restoring your printer’s factory default settings from our article and video bank. Did resetting your printer to the factory default settings solve your problems?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Rob Errera

Rob Errera

Rob Errera is an award-winning journalist embedded in the world of printers and printing supplies. Rob has nearly two decades of experience writing about cutting edge technology, business trends, and the ever-evolving industry of printing.

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