How Do I Check the Ink Levels in My HP 5500 Printer?

Updated February 21, 2017

HP Deskjet 5500 series printers are inkjetet printers designed to print quality images at high speeds. HP printers in the 5500 series include: HP Deskjet D5560, HP Deskjet D5563, HP Deskjet 5550, HP Deskjet 5551 and HP Deskjet 5552. The printers can print at speeds up to 17 pages per minute in black and white and up to 12 pages per minute in colour. Energy Star compliant, the HP Deskjet 5500 series printers are also designed to reduce the power consumed by your printer. These printers also feature an electronic ink monitor that makes it easy to check your ink levels.

Install the HP Deskjet 5500 drivers into your computer. You can find a link to download the drivers in the Resources section of this article. Select your operating system from the drop-down menu and click "Next."

Click on the "Driver" link and then click "Download" to begin the download. Wait for your computer to download the drivers. Depending on your Internet connection, this process can take up to 15 minutes. The download will prompt you when the file is ready to install.

Install the drivers by following the prompts. On some operating systems, the installation will ask you to restart your computer to complete the driver installation.

Connect the HP 5500 printer to the computer you downloaded the drivers to, using a USB cable. Turn on both your computer and the HP 5500 printer.

Click "Start" and then select "Control Panel." Double-click the "Printer and Faxes" folder. Find the icon labelled "HP 5500" and right-click on the icon. Select "Preferences" and then click the "Services" tab. Click the option "Service this Device." A new window will open with the printer's toolbox.

Click the "Estimated Ink Level" tab. A graphic will appear showing the estimated ink levels of the HP 500's ink cartridges. There are two graphics--one for the colour ink and one for the black ink. The graphic will also let you know if you should replace one of the ink cartridges.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
  • Internet connection
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