Epson printer wont’ print? Try these 3 easy steps

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • It's very frustrating when your Epson printer won't complete the printing job for no reason.
  • When it happen, check the printer's display for any error messages. They might tell you what's wrong so that you can fix the problem quickly.
  • We've documented a lot of issues common with Epson printers in an Epson errors dedicated section
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Epson printers are listed among the top economical printers out there, which is reason enough for you to choose one of these models for yourself.

On the other hand, Epson printers also encounter many issues. When it comes to printing, some of the most common issues are printing blank pages, or not printing when connected wirelessly, or even not printing after changing the ink tonner.

In this article we’ll be looking at some basic troubleshooting steps hoping to get your printer up and running again.

Before setting off, see if your printer displays an error message. Sometimes, these are clear enough to figure out what’s wrong. If otherwise, keep reading to find a solution.


How do I get my Epson printer to print?

1. Check your printer connectionepson printer won't connect to wifi

  1. If it’s a wireless printer, check that the Internet is running OK. Disconnect and reconnect the printer to the network, if necessary.
  2. Also, make sure that the printer is connected to the same network as your device.
  3. For a USB-connected printer, check that the cables are seated correctly into the ports. Change the USB port to see if there’s any change.

2. Set your printer as default printer

  1. From the Start menu > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners.
  2. Select your Epson printer > Manage > Set as default.

set epson printer as default

Alternatively, uncheck the Let Windows manage my default printer box, to allow the system to use your most recent printer.


3. Check ink cartridges

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  1. From the Start menu > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners.
  2. Right-click on your Epson printer > Printing Preferences.
  3. In the Maintenance tab > click on Epson Status Monitor 3.

Here, you can see whether you should replace any of the cartridges with a new one. Sometimes, old cartridges can cause issues. It’s recommended to replace them with new ones.

Always make sure that the cartridges are set correctly into the tray.

Additionally, check that the cartridges, especially the black one, are clogged. You can de-clog them using a pin.


Your printer still won’t recognize the ink cartridge? Try these solutions


4. Clear all print jobs

    1. Press the Windows key + R simultaneously.
    2. Type services.msc in the box.
    3. Look for Print Spooler > right-click > Stop.
    4. Back to your desktop, open File Explorer and, in the address bar, type: %windir%System32spoolPRINTERS.
    5. Delete all the files in the folder.
    6. Go back to the Print Spooler service > right-click > Start (also make sure that Startup type is set to Automatic) > OK.

At least one of these steps should help you solve the printing issues with the Epson printer. If you have any additional solution, please level us a comment in the dedicated section below.


FAQ: Read more about troubleshooting Epson printers

  • Why is my Epson printer not printing when the ink is full?

It is possible that the cartridge is old and the printer won’t recognize it. Also, printheads clog because nozzles get blocked by either air or ink. You can de-clog them using a pin or window cleaner. 

  • How do you reset your Epson printer?

You can turn off the printer and use a pin to press and hold the Reset button at the back of the printer. Then turn on the printer, keeping the Reset button pressed for a few seconds. Release the Reset button after a warning page is printed.

  • How do I get my Epson printer to print wirelessly?

You will have to set up the WiFi network from your printer’s control panel. Find your network, enter your network password and everything should go well.


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