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Clearing Canon “Waste Ink Tank Full” Message

Clearing Canon “Waste Ink Tank Full” Message

Canon have a waste ink tank in all of their inkjet printers that all excess ink from printing and performing cleaning cycles ends up in. After you have done a specific amount of pages and cleans with the printer it will estimate that this tank is full and present you with a message stating something like “Waste Ink Tank Full”. This message may also be accompanied by a flashing charge/error light and a beep/buzzer sounding five times.

While Canons official advice is that you take the printer to the nearest authorised repair facility I find many people are reluctant to do so as the cost involved will often outweight the value of the printer. In my experience you can normally get a decent amount of usage from the printer even after this message appears as Canon do play it safe with the timing of these warnings to avoid ink flowing over. As such I have decided to compile a list of counter reset proceedures for those of you out there that want to make the most out of your printers but aren’t interested in paying for the tank to be changed.

Please note that performing the reset proceedures linked in this article will not empty you ink tank and it will eventually overflow if you continue to use the printer.  As such I recommend taking steps to protect the surface the printer is placed on or relocating it completely. If your particular model identifies the part as a waste ink pad you may wish to have a go at locating and replacing the pad yourself if you are feeling confident (there are many good guides available online).

To get started please simply click the relevant image for you printer/range of printers below…


Please note that by following this procedure you are not emptying the tank/pad but simply resetting the counter that estimates how full it is. Please read our full article here for more information.

If you are looking for a solution for a machine other than those listed here or have something else to say, please get in touch via any of our social media platforms.

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