Reset Canon Printer Ink Absorber

Canon printers feature an ink absorber pad that soaks up excess ink from the print cartridges, keeping the cartridge free of dried ink and preventing smears. While many printer manufacturers include pads such as these on their inkjet printers, Canon’s is unique in the fact that the printer actively monitors the waste ink absorber pads and will display an error message when the pads are full of ink. While it is recommended that the printer be sent in for service, it is possible to replace the ink absorber pads at home.

Devices like Printers make our work very easy, even it’s quite simple to use the printers these days because of the latest innovation & technologies that make printers much more efficient and easy to access. Well to Fix absorber error Canon Printer ink, a well-explained solution step has been penned down by a team of Canon Printer Support technicians.

Reset the ink absorber of your Canon printing device that will definitely fix some error codes that appear while turning it on. Follow the instructions below to Fix all errors.

Fix Canon Printer ink absorber error

Fix Error #1: Resume button four times

1. Make sure the printer is turned off mode.

2. Remove all the power connections & wait about 15 seconds to connect it again.

3. Need to press and hold the Resume button (triangle inside a circle).

4. Whilst it is held down, hold down the Power button so green led light should come on in the Canon Printer.

5. Now, Keep the Power button held down. Very slowly Release the Resume button & hit it twice. The light will go amber, then green again.

6. Now release the Power button.

7. Once done and all is OK press the Resume button four times and then press the Power button straight after to confirm the selected action.

8. Turn off the Canon Printer and then turn it on again, You are good to go.

Fix Error #2: Press and hold Power Button

Press and hold the “Power” button and reconnect the power cord. When the printer comes on, release the button. Wait six seconds and push the “Power” button again. This resets the printer’s internal memory and overrides the “Ink Absorber Full” error code.

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  1. Alan Koh

    I applied as per your instructions but was unsuccessful to clear and reset.
    My Canon printer is Prixma MX897 and the error code is 5b01
    Can you also let me know where I can buy the ink absorber replacement pads.
    I shop Online ~ ebay, Shopee, Lazada and others but unable to buy.
    Your help would be very much appreciated.
    Singapore 466245
    Dated : 7th August, 2020

  2. Lewis

    This is frustrating indeed. None of the suggestions on different websites including this one work. I have a Canon Pixma iP 4700. It keeps giving me the error code C510. I removed and cleaned the ink absorbers properly but I cannot reset the ink absorber counter. Sometimes things are so complicated for their own good since you cannot operate the printer without this counter reset. I know that ink absorbers with too much ink might smear but I will take that as an indicator that I need to clean the ink absorbers instead of this glitch that so many cannot fix. Of course since this printer was produced in 2010 so they cannot service it anymore but it has not been used and very much and simply needs this elusive reset.


    I have a CANON PIXMA MG2250 and the error message is P07
    Thank you very much

  4. Gwendoline Robb

    Hi, I have a Canon MG2460 and my message is 1700 Ink Absorber is almost full. I looked at the users manual but it just said to hit either Black or Color buttons to proceed. The fix as above did not help me either.

  5. Gwendoline Robb

    This is a bit odd!

    I posted the above NOVEMBER 15th 2020 NOT 12 months ago…

  6. David Spader

    Yes, this ink absorbtion issue is a pain in the ass. I don’t think there is anything the user can actually do to fix it, despite all the well-intentioned posts on the web offering a solution. Ultimately these things are throwaway items and I suspect once the ink absorbtion error message comes up it’s time to throw away the printer and get a new one. I have a little MG2560 which has served well but I’m not going to pay $50 for a new pad or $100 for the service guys to deal with it when I can go and buy a new printer for $30.

  7. David Spader

    The above comment was posted by me on Sunday 13 Dec 2020, not one year ago as indicated.

  8. Laurie Bennett

    I took my printer apart amazingly without breaking anything. I cleaned the ink pads. I put them back in and put my printer back together, another amazement. Now there is the problem of getting the dang E27 off so my printer will work again. I have an MP210. I’ve actually done this before successfully but I have no idea how I did it. I’ve wasted lots of time playing all of the games suggested online – Press reset, hold it down, press on, press reset four times, etc. whatever. This stinks that I’m not allowed to fix this myself and get my printer reset.

  9. Laurie Bennett

    Also, this is right now. 12:15AM , b/c I’ve been on here a while. Jan. 19, 2021.


    This Canon shortcoming is unacceptable. Guess I will have to buy a different manufacturer.

  11. Dave Headey

    I’ve a Pixma MG3250 which has quite simply been the best printer I’ve ever had. I managed to remove and clean the absorber pads, which was fiddly but not too difficult.
    But I’m afraid neither of these procedures for clearing the E08 error worked. I’m guessing a service centre have a way of doing it, for a cost probably more than that of a new printer, let alone the inconvenience of getting it to them. A sad reflection on our throw away society that we’re encouraged to chuck out a perfectly serviceable bit of equipment on account of a spurious error message.

  12. Dave Headey

    (and like Laurie Bennett this is here and now, 2021, not a year ago)

  13. Ron Barker

    I have found that none of the “solutions” work!!!!! There should be a way to disable this sensor!!!!

  14. Ron Barker

    This comment was not a year ago!!! It was 3/28/21

  15. Chris M

    Same problem for me, with my MP240. I paid $5 to ask an expert on one of these (actually legit) websites, and a portion of the response I received sadly confirms the prior responses (I also removed/cleaned my absorbers, only to still received my P7 error message):

    Now the issue is, cleaning/replacing itself will not do anything which is done by you already. You will need to get the ink counter reset (which stores the number of prints it has done so far). Only after resetting the counter, the error will be fixed. Usually, it is done by the manufacturer and this is something that the consumer shouldn’t do. For some models, it will show the reset option on the screen itself. So reset it using it. If you don’t see it, that means it can’t be reset by yourself.

    Another thing is, if the printer is more than 2 or 3 years old, then it probably not wise to invest more in this printer as it is probably at almost the end of life of its head and other components which would cost a price of a new printer. You can get new generation printers with a fresh warranty for less than $80

    So unless you have a lot of inks purchased for this model there, it is better to get a new one that may last for another few years.

    If you would like to get this printer fixed, then you need to take it to the nearest service center. You can locate it via this page –>

    …Sucks for us

  16. Mike Gingell

    Throw the printer in the nearest trash dumpster and buy a new printer!

  17. Steve I

    It seems to me this is a big company ploy to say “times up, come and buy a new printer”.
    My printer has been great until this, but I don’t appear to have any workaround.
    Big corporations taking advantage and it stinks.

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