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HP Instant Ink - Everything You Need to Know

HP Instant Ink

The HP Instant Ink program has come under fire of late as it seems people who buy HP printers get it literally thrust upon them. Wonder if it’s worth it and what the program is all about?

HP Instant Ink is a subscription-based service offered by HP that allows purchasers of HP printers to sign up to receive replacement ink cartridges as their printer runs low. The printer is able to communicate directly with HP to pass along the ink levels; when it falls below a set mark, it triggers HP to send replacement ink cartridges to you. The service has no doubt fueled company growth for HP as it offers HP an ongoing source of revenue from most HP printer purchasers. Find answers to the most asked HP Instant Ink questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HP Instant ink phone number?

You can contact HP Instant Ink at 1-855-785-2777.

How do I find HP instant ink support?

You can speak with a virtual agent by visiting

Are there reviews of HP Instant Ink I can read?

Yes, the sentiment is mixed. If you print regularly this is a worthwhile service. However, for users that don’t print very often, the oversized HP Instant ink cartridges have been found to dry up due to lack of use. Also watch out for overages! If you have printed your monthly page limit and gone through all of your rollover pages, HP charges1 a $1.00 per set for additional pages (extra pages are available in sets of 10-50 pages). And lastly, remember that it can take up to 10 days for your ink cartridges to arrive.

How do I cancel HP instant ink?

You can cancel your printing plan or change plans at any time. To change your plan or cancel your service, sign in at You can upgrade your plan in the current or next billing cycle. Downgrades are effective in the next billing cycle. Requests to cancel take effect at the end of your current billing cycle. Because the service bills at the end of each billing cycle, you will receive one final monthly charge, if applicable.

How does HP instant ink work?

Instead of buying replacement ink cartridges when you’re running low, HP automatically sends them to you based on agreed upon terms. What you pay is based on the number of pages you expect to print.

Can I bypass HP instant Ink?

Yes, if you disconnect your printer from the internet connection, HP cannot monitor your ink levels and therefore will not know to send you replacement ink cartridges.

How do I login into HP instant ink?

Is there a list of HP Instant Ink printers?

Yes, not all HP printers are HP instant ink ready. Older HP printers are not programmed to work with the service. Here is the full list of HP Instant Ink printers:

    • HP TANGO X


Where can I find an HP instant Ink promo code?

Currently the only HP instant Ink promo is a free trial. When you purchase a new printer, you might be offered a free trial during printer setup. If a free trial is offered, all plans are eligible. Regardless of the plan you choose, you will be able to print a set number of pages per month during the free trial. Charges for additional page sets will apply according to the plan you selected. After the free trial, you will be enrolled in the plan you selected during setup.

Is HP instant Ink Worth it?

It depends on what you print and how often. If you are able to comfortably stay within HP’s monthly preset page limit and don’t mind being tied to the whims of their subscription service, it might make sense for you.  Not having to remember to order ink cartridges as your printer runs low certainly provides peace of mind.  

What are HP Instant Ink prices?

The price of HP Instant Ink varies based on the number of pages you expect to print. The more pages, the more expensive. There are no long term contracts, only month-to-month, so technically you can cancel at any time, but the cancellation process is not clear cut. Instant Ink is offered at five different price points and regardless of color or black & white, you page per page. You can roll over your allotted page amount if you do not reach the level. See chart for current pricing. 

HP Instant Ink Prices


What do HP Instant Ink cartridges look like?

They’re bigger than regular HP ink cartridges since the notion behind the service is that you don’t need to replace them as often.

About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile