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Brother Printer Cartridge – “out of toner”, “low toner”, “toner life end” error message and override

Brother Printer & Cartridge – “out of toner”, “low toner”, “toner life end” error message and override


This article is intended to help you extend the life of your Brother Toner. When your Brother printing is getting low on toner, here is a simple and easy trick to extend the life of the toner for up to 1,000 more pages.



  1. Step 1 - Remove the toner cartridge from the printer
  2. Step 2 - Look for the small sensors on the side of the toner
  3. Step 3 - Cut a small piece of black electrical or non-transparent tape
  4. Step 4 - Place the tape over the sensor windows
  5. Step 5 - Reinstall the toner cartridge back into the printer
  6. Step 6 - Restart your printer and enjoy the extra ink!

This tip works on many different models of Brother printers that use Brother toner - TN-350, TN-540, & TN-560


A few of the different Brother printer models include: Brother MFC9840CDW, Brother MFC-685CW, Brother MFC-8870DW, Brother HL-4070CDW, HL-4050CDN, Brother HL-5170 DN, Brother DCP1000, Brother HL-5250DN, Brother HL-2070N.

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