HP Instant Ink

Print more for less with an HP Instant Ink plan.

Get a steady supply of ink or toner at your door when you’re running low, starting at $1.25 per month.*

*HP terms and conditions apply.

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HP Printer Ink makes your Photos and Documents look Pro

HP printer ink makes your photos and documents look pro

HP printer ink is specifically formulated for use in HP printers to match the unique characteristics of each printer.

Benefits of HP printer ink

Save money with HP printer ink

HP inkjet cartridges are smaller and less expensive than toner cartridges, saving you money. For a family printer that will primarily be used for school projects, photos, and documents, HP printer ink is the most economical printing option. To save even more money, consider an HP Instant Ink subscription.

No smearing with HP printer ink

Because ink from an inkjet printer soaks into the page instead of being baked on by heat like toner, it won’t smear even right after coming out of the printer. You can also buy special paper that is coated or made of more absorbent fiber so the ink will be absorbed even more effectively, and uniformly. This will ensure your documents and photos print out sharply, with crisp lines and well defined colours.

Simple installation with HP printer ink cartridges

HP printers open up easily to reveal the print head that holds the cartridges, letting you take out one or more ink cartridges at a time, and snap in the new ones. Simple instructions will come with your printer that show in detail how to easily change your printer ink when it has run out. Some HP printers have step-by-step animated instructions on their control panel.

How does HP printer ink work?

HP printers use thermal inkjet technology. A heated plate forms ink bubbles at the nozzle where it transfers to the paper. As one bubble of ink hits the paper and soaks in, it draws another bit of ink into place at the nozzle, ready to be heated and bubbled. This is why some thermal inkjet printers have been dubbed ‘bubble jet’ printers. When the ink level is low in the cartridge, it’s important to get a replacement HP printer cartridge or an HP ink refill.

With an HP Instant Ink subscription, you don’t even need to remember a replacement—it’s automatically shipped to your door.

What are the different types of HP printer ink?

HP produces standard inkjet ink as well as photo ink for use by special HP photo printers to ensure high quality reproduction. HP printer ink comes in the standard cyan, magenta, yellow, and black colours, offered as individual colour cartridges or tri-colour cartridges which have all three built into a single cartridge that must be replaced all at once. Tri-colour cartridges are less expensive, but generally black ink is used more quickly than the other three colours, so having the ability to change out one colour at a time is a big advantage. Which you use depends on your printer.

How do I know I’m selecting the right cartridge for my HP printer?

HP printers come with a reference card that explains how your printer works, how to do maintenance, which inks are compatible, and how they’re installed. If you’ve lost the index card, you can search on HP’s website for the model number on your printer to find out which inks are compatible. When you’re looking at different inks, most will show the compatible printer models on the outside to help you make sure the ink will fit in your printer. You can also purchase the same ink that was inside your printer when you originally bought it.

How you save money by purchasing HP ink cartridges?

Ink that’s made by HP is designed to work in HP printers, so to save any hassle and cost it’s the safest bet. Ink that’s made by third parties may not function as well, and could void your warranty, so it’s best to trust ink made by the manufacturer to save having to buy twice. Ink from third parties may also dry up more quickly or will be used at a faster rate, since it isn’t designed for the particular nozzles in the print head.

Ultimately, the best way to save money is with an HP ink subscription, with plans for everyone.

What is the HP Instant Ink program?

Instant Ink is an HP ink subscription. You pick a plan based on your printing needs—anywhere from 15 pages per month to 700 pages. You pay a flat fee, regardless of whether the printed pages are black and white, or colour. You can print additional pages if needed at a low per-page fee, and unused pages during a month can be rolled up for use in subsequent months.

Instant Ink is also incredibly convenient. Connect your HP printer to Wi-Fi (a wizard shows you how, step-by-step) and it will automatically notify HP when ink is running low. A super-sized HP Instant Ink cartridge arrives at your door, complete with a postage-paid return package for the old cartridge. Those extra large cartridges (bigger than XL) mean fewer replacements are needed.

With an HP ink subscription, you never run out of ink, you never have to run out to buy a replacement cartridge, and you save up to 50% compared to buying ink the traditional way.

Which HP printers are compatible with Instant Ink?

Most recent HP printers are compatible with instant ink. Check your printer’s instructions to confirm, or look for your printer model number on the HP Instant Ink prepaid plans at Best Buy.

Where is HP Instant Ink Available?

Signing up for HP Instant Ink is just as easy as the HP ink program itself. You’ll find Instant Ink prepaid cards at Best Buy—along with the full range of HP Instant Ink eligible printers.