How To Override Low Toner on Brother Printer


Maintaining consistent printing performance is essential, and dealing with a low toner warning on your Brother printer can be frustrating, especially when there's still toner left.

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of various methods to override the low toner warning and ensure uninterrupted printing.

Resolve Low Toner on Brother Printer

Before delving into the methods, it's important to understand that a low toner warning is designed to alert you when the toner level is running low.

Overriding this warning might temporarily affect print quality, making this solution best suited for situations where top-quality prints aren't essential, such as drafts or internal documents.

If you have a Brother printer that is giving you a Toner Low warning, there are several ways to override the warning and continue printing. 

Here are some of them:

Check the Toner Level

To check the toner level, navigate to the printer's control panel or access the printer's software on your computer. 

The exact steps can vary depending on your Brother printer model. 

Look for an option that displays the toner level. If it shows that the toner is low or empty, it's time to replace the cartridge.

Read our comprehensive guide: How to Check Printer Ink and Toner Levels

Replace the Toner Cartridge

When replacing the toner cartridge, make sure to use a genuine Brother toner cartridge specifically designed for your printer model. 

Non-Brother cartridges may not provide accurate toner level readings and can lead to errors.

Shake the Toner Cartridge

Sometimes, toner settles at the bottom of the cartridge, causing it to appear empty when it's not. 

Remove the cartridge and gently shake it from side to side to distribute the toner evenly.

Reinstall it and check if the error persists.

Reset the Printer

For a printer reset, power off the printer and disconnect it from the power source.

Wait for a few minutes before plugging it back in and turning it on. 

This action can clear temporary errors.

Check also: How To Reset Brother Toner

Clean the Corona Wire

The corona wire is a part inside a printer or copier that puts an electrostatic charge on the drum to help create images on paper. 

A dirty or damaged corona wire can cause a "Toner Low" error because it affects the proper transfer of toner onto the paper.

Here's how to clean the corona wire:

  • Open the front cover of your printer.
  • Remove the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly.
  • To clean the corona wire, gently move the green tab from left to right and then back in the opposite direction.
  • Reinsert the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly.
  • Close the top cover.

Update Firmware/Driver

Visit the Brother website and check for the latest firmware updates and printer drivers for your specific printer model. 

Download and install any available updates. 

Updated software can resolve compatibility issues and improve performance.


Please note that the exact wording of options and their arrangement might vary slightly depending on your printer model. 

In case you're uncertain about the specific steps for your printer, you can consult your printer's user manual or visit the official Brother support website. 

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