HP Envy 4520 Ink Cartridges

HP Envy 4520 Ink Cartridges Issues and Solutions

HP Envy 4520 Ink Cartridges

If you have left your printer idle for a while, you will notice that the HP Envy 4520 ink cartridges don’t seem to be functioning. You may even have tried to clean the cartridges and the one of them works fine while the other still produces faded printouts. In such cases, it is also quite possible that the ink has dried out due to non-usage. If the ink nozzles dry out, then the flow ink is automatically arrested during printing.


  • Preserving unused ink cartridges play a pivotal role in their reiteration
  • Therefore, you must ensure that they are stored in their original packaging if they are yet to be installed
  • Keep the supplies humidified in an airtight container otherwise, the nozzles can crust over
  • If anything touches the nozzles, the ink can wick from them
  • Keep the cartridges and print heads installed inside the product even after the tapes and caps around them have been removed
  • You will experience ink cartridge damages if the accessories are not stored properly


  • An immediate remedy to a clogged ink nozzle is to replace it
  • Alternatively apply strategic cleaning procedures to ensure rehash of the existing cartridge
  • When you try and clean the cartridges, hold it by its sides and do not touch the copper contact circuits lest it might lead to ink failures, bad electrical connections and clogs
  • Take a foam-rubber swab and moisten it; for best results use it dipped in distilled water
  • The edges around the ink nozzles and its face has to be cleaned


Do not clean the nozzle plate or the ink cartridge contacts

  • You can either use a fresh swab to dry the accessory or let it dry out for about 10 minutes
  • When you place it back into the printer hold it by the sides and ensure that you do not touch the copper circuitry


  • If your HP Envy 4520 ink cartridges have print quality issues then you will see streaked and faded outputs, fuzzy and blurry text outputs or even ink smears
  • Newly installed ink cartridges may not function well due to rough handling of the printer
  • Even before you do anything else, let the printer execute its own automatic servicing routine


  • This process is for Windows devices only where you are not able to print color outputs
  • You just have to take the printer out of the list of devices


  • Do the following to uninstall the software
  • Programs and Features / Apps & Features -> Uninstall / Yes -> Yes
  • Thereafter you just have to do what the on-screen prompts tell you to
  • To remove the printing device from the devices list
  • Disconnect cables and power off the printer
  • Click as follows:

o Devices and Printers / Device Manager -> Printers -> Remove Device / Uninstall Device


  • The manufacturer always recommends the use of genuine HP Envy 4520 ink cartridges
  • It is also better to order your pack from the HP Store


  • Turn to the back of the output and check if there are smears of ink
  • You can use an automated tool to fix the problem
  • Swipe to the left on the Control Panel and click on Setup -> Tools
  • Then swipe up to look for ‘Clean Page Smears’ and click on it
  • A blank page is fed into the printer slowly
  • After the blank page has ejected go ahead and resume your printing


  • It is extremely important to use the right kind of media for a print job
  • You must also ensure that you are placing the paper on to the input tray appropriately with the print side facing down
  • Usage of wrinkled or curled paper should be avoided
  • Color Lok Technology is best used for everyday printing
  • HP Advanced Photo paper can be used for dense and high contrast graphics printing


  • Ensure that all your media is stored free of dust and grime in a resealable bag
  • Storing the paper in a cool, dry place and on a flat surface is the best way to preserve it
  • When you print load at least 10 to 20 sheets of paper at a time
  • If it is determined that printing problems are due to the paper then it best to change them


  • When the HP Envy 4520 ink cartridges levels in the printer issue a warning, it is ideally letting you plan your supplies
  • A replacement cartridge should be considered before the ink runs out completely
  • You must make it a point to replace empty and low ink cartridges
  • Open the carriage door and reach for the cartridges
  • Unseat the one that is constantly displayed as containing less ink
  • Open the new pack of ink cartridges and replace the respective colors in their places

Note: Here is guide to Save HP Envy Ink.

Always use genuine HP Envy 4520 ink cartridges for a seamless printing experience. This will avoid a number of other printer problems as well. Learn more about HP Envy ink cartridges from our experts at +1-820-300-0370 or simply visit 123.hp.com/envy.