How to Scan with Canon PIXMA MG5220 Without Ink Cartridges

Pintu Biswas

In this guide, we will show you how to scan documents when the Canon Pixma MG5220 is out of ink. Canon MG5220 is a wireless inkjet all-in-one printer that has a list of impressive features. For instance, the built-in wireless connectivity, Memory Cards / USB support, 2.4″ LCD display, high-resolution photo printing, and high-performance five Individual Ink tank systems make this printer one of the best in this domain and price range.

But, in spite of all the goodies attached, it isn’t free from its fair share of issues either. Numerous users have voiced their concern that the printer’s scanner is not working when the ink cartridges are empty. So if you’re in the same boat then fret not. Because thankfully there does exist a nifty trick that’ll help you to scan documents or photos with Canon PIXMA printers, even if there is no Ink in the cartridges.

Canon Pixma MG5220: Scan Without Ink

To use Canon PIXMA Printer Scanner without Ink cartridges, all we have to do is reset the ink detection. And to do so, simply press and hold “Stop” (button with orange circle and triangle) for about 5 seconds. Once you hear the sound of the alarm clearly, this machine allows you to scan without the ink cartridges.

Following are some of the other Canon printers that will also work:

  • Canon PIXMA MG5520
  • Canon MP-198
  • Canon MP250
  • MX340
  • MG3600 
  • MG7160
  • MG7150
  • MG5220
  • TS3100
  • MG2400
  • MG 6320

We hope this simple trick helps you to scan your documents without ink. Please let us know in the comments whether the aforementioned step spells out success or not. Also, if you have other queries concerning the same, do drop them in the comment box. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

Pintu is the admin and editor-in-chief at Gizmoradar. He crafts actionable tech guides related to Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. He's been writing how-to guides for about 5+ years now and has covered many topics.


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