Picture of the HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges, correctly installed in HP 3632 printer.

How to Replace Empty Ink Cartridges in HP 3630 Series DeskJet Printer




Before Replacing Ink Cartridges

1. Buy new, genuine HP ink cartridges.  They may be purchased at many office supply stores such as Staples and OfficeMax, places with larger electronics shops such as Walmart, or you may buy them directly from the online HP Store.  HP also offers printer cartridge recycling services, which we strongly recommend you use, instead of just throwing the old ink cartridges into the trash.

2. Turn off and unplug the printer.  Never open the printer or remove old cartridges with electricity applied.

3. Discharge any static electricity on your body.   Touch any grounded metal appliance to get rid of any static buildup.  If you do not, you risk damaging your new ink cartridges or the printer itself.

Remove Empty ink cartridges

4. Position yourself in front of the printer.

5. Retract the blue output tray.  As shown in the next picture, the paper output tray arm protrudes from the front of the printer.

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing paper output tray extended.
HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing paper output tray extended.

Slide it into the printer base by gently pushing it from its right side.

Picture of the HP Desk Jet 3632 printer, front view, showing paper output tray being closed.
HP Desk Jet 3632 printer, front view, showing paper output tray being closed.

 

6. Open the printer’s front access panel door, as shown next.  It has two little grasping latches on its top left and right corners that you gently pull toward you with your index fingers.

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing the outer access panel door open.
HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing the outer access panel door open.

 

7. Open the inner access door.  Just inside the front outer access panel, is the inner access door, behind which are the printer’s ink cartridges.  Gently grasp the inner access panel via its handle in its top center, and gently pull toward you.

Picture of the HP Desk Jet 3632 printer, front view, showing inner access door being opened.
HP Desk Jet 3632 printer, front view, showing inner access door being opened.

 

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges, correctly installed in HP 3632 printer.
HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges, correctly installed in HP 3632 printer.

 

8. Remove old ink cartridges.  Grasp each cartridge at its top protruding lip and gently pull towards you.  You’ll feel a sort of click as the locking mechanism releases each cartridge.

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3632 printer, showing black Ink cartridge removed.
HP DeskJet 3632 printer, showing black Ink cartridge removed.

 

Install New Printer Cartridges

9. Gently wipe cartridge socket contacts with a clean, lint free cloth.  Be VERY gentle.  The contacts are the shiny gold dots in the back of the ink cartridge socket, which can bee seen in the previous picture, in the exposed socket on the right. Incomplete printing, light printing, missing colors on the page, and such, may result if these contacts become soiled or damaged.

10. Unpack new ink cartridges.  You should be using genuine HP Invent ink cartridges, model number 63 for these printers, as shown next.

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges for 3632 printer, new, in original bags.
HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges for 3632 printer, new, in original bags.
Picture of the HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges for HP 3632 printer, unbagged.
HP DeskJet 3630 series printer ink cartridges for HP 3632 printer, unbagged.

 

11.  Remove tape from new ink cartridges.  Do not, however, peel off this tape until moments before you’re ready to install.  Opening the cartridges and then leaving them sit around not installed, risks ink leakage, dust contamination, or possible damage to its internal components.  So, avoid removing the tape until you’re just about to install each one.

12. Insert new printer cartridges.  The color cartridge (the one with the maroon top) goes in the left socket as shown in the next picture, and the black one goes in the right cartridge socket.

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing the ink cartridges installed.
HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing the ink cartridges installed.

 

13. Close the printer inner access door.  Raise and snap into place the inner access panel door.

Picture of the HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing the inner access panel door closed.
HP DeskJet 3632 printer, front view, showing the inner access panel door closed.

 

14. Close the outer access door panel.

Picture of the DeakJet HP printer 3632, with outer access panel door closed.
DeakJet HP printer 3632, with outer access panel door closed

 

 

15. You’re done!

 

Recycle Your Old Ink Cartridges, Please!

See the  HP Ink Cartridge Recycling Center  web site for details on how to return your spent HP printer cartridges to them, for environmentally friendly recycling or disposal.   DO NOT dispose ink cartridges in the regular trash, as they’re generally not biodegradable, and could potentially contaminate water and food supplies if not recycled properly.

 

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  • 2017-01-24: Originally published.