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Replacing Cartridges for HP LaserJet 1018 and 1020 Printer Series

This document is for the HP LaserJet 1018 and 1020 Printer Series.
This document provides instructions for replacing the print cartridges.

Cartridges types

Consult the following table to identify the correct cartridges for your area.
Printer models
Country/region printer was purchased
Toner cartridge name
HP LaserJet 1018 Printer
HP LaserJet 1020 Printer
All country/regions
HP 12A Black
Purchase replacement cartridges and other supplies from the HP Store or local retailers.

Step one: Prepare the print cartridge

Video of replacing the print cartridge

The following video demonstrates how to replace a toner cartridge.
This video shows the HP Laserjet 1020. The outside of the product might not look the same as your product, but the steps are the same.
Replacing a Cartridge - HP LaserJet 1020 Printer
Replacing a Cartridge - HP LaserJet 1020 Printer
Learn how to replace the toner cartridge in the HP LaserJet 1020 printer.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube.
To prevent damage to the print cartridge, minimize its exposure to direct light. Cover the print cartridge with a sheet of paper.
Follow these steps to make sure the new print cartridge is ready to install into the product.
  1. Remove the new print cartridge from the packaging. Gently rock the print cartridge from front to back to distribute the toner evenly.
    To prevent damage to the print cartridge, hold the print cartridge at each end.
  2. Pull the tab and remove all the tape from the print cartridge. Put the tab in the print cartridge box to return for recycling.

Step two: Open the product

  1. Make sure you have turned the product on. Press the Power button if it is not lit.
  2. Open the print cartridge access door, and then wait until the carriage is idle and silent.
  3. Remove the old print cartridge. See the recycling information inside the print cartridge box.
    If you cannot remove or install the cartridges even though the power is on, check the product control-panel display for error messages. If none appear, turn off the power and then turn it back on.

Step three: Replace the old print cartridge

  1. Insert the new print cartridge in the product. Make sure the print cartridge is in position.
  2. Close the print cartridge door.
If toner gets on your clothing, wipe it off with a dry cloth and wash the clothing in cold water. Hot water sets toner into the fabric.