Canon Printer Green Light Flashing: Here’s the Cause and Solution

Quick Answer: To stop the green light flashing, you’ll need to check the cartridge of your printer. If you see any problem with the cartridge, replacing the ink tank or cartridge can solve the problem.

Canon printers, like every other printer in the market, use LEDs and colors to inform users of the printer’s status. The colors and blinking frequency vary based on the issue.

Whenever you see any red LED blinking, it means you have run out of paper. Also, if you see any orange LED flashing in your HP printer, it means the printer’s ink may be low. In this blog, we’ll figure out what’s causing the green light to flash on a Canon printer.

I hope that you may now understand the relationship between led light and the different kinds of issues it indicates. For example, the toner light blinks yellow on Brother printer if the toner has an issue, and most possibly it is running low.

What does the Green light Blinking Indicate?

According to my own experience, when I noticed that the green light was blinking, it meant that something was wrong with the ink cartridge. The light normally blinks when the printer is scanning the ink tank or when one of the tanks is out of ink or damaged, which were the two most common circumstances.

Printer is shaking the Ink Tank

You see a green light flashing on the Canon printer even though you are not using it now. Then figure out that it’s shaking the ink tank, and the printer continues this behavior for around 10 to 2 minutes.

Ink Tank is About to End

When you print a lot with one tank, ink cartridges run out quickly. A green LED on your printer blinks before they run out completely. If your printer runs out, it means the ink tank needs to be replaced right away. If you find this error while printing, you can cancel printing commands and resume printing.

How To Fix Canon Printer Green Light Blinking?

If you are having problems with your printer lamp blinking with green light, there is a simple solution you can use to stop it from happening again. The steps below will guide you.  

Replace the Printer Cartridge

  • Step 1: To start with, you need to open the printer cover. Make sure that the printer is turned on and the paper is loaded.
  • Step 2: Lift the print head by pulling it just a little bit up.
  • Step 3: Remove the ink cartridge or cartridges that are empty, spoiled, or not working from the printer.
  • Step 4: If you want to replace more than one ink tank at the same time, you need to replace them one by one.
  • Step 5: After you have filled the ink tank with ink, place it back into the printer.
  • Step 6: Close the print head; when you close it, you should hear a click sound.
  • Step 7: After closing the cover, ensure that there are no gaps between the cover and the front cover and that it has been closed nicely.
  • Step 8: Hold the power button or the Go button for 2-3 seconds.
  • Step 9: Take a printout of some test papers, and you’re good to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is My Canon printer Blinking Green and Orange lights?

If you see the power and alarm lamps flashing, it means your printer is having some hardware problems. In order to fix this problem, reboot your device and go through the steps below.

To continue printing smoothly, please unplug the printer from the main outlet, and then unplug the cords at the back of the printer. Replug both into the main outlet and the printer cord. Press the Go or Start button on your printer to continue printing.

How to Fix Orange Light on Canon Printer?

In order to resolve the orange light blinking on your Canon printer, you can reinstall the driver. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can check your printer input tray and fill it up, and your problem should resolve. It sometimes helps to fix the cartridge to the correct position.  


Canon printer green light flashing is a common issue with Canon printers, and you can tackle it at home without an IT technician. You have to replace the ink tank and sometimes the cartridge also.

Be aware that the printer will blink blue light if you are connected to WiFi but the connection is very slow. Just reboot the router and printer like me to solve the issue. Sometimes the router gets stuck and causes this issue.

In some cases, consumers report that they have encountered a similar issue with their Canon printer, which can also be resolved by rebooting the device. In this case, you will have to reboot your printer to resolve this issue.   

When only one light (orange) flashes, make sure the cartridge and ink tank are working. Your device may be silently checking the ink tank level or printer cartridge. Flashing green, it indicates that the level of the tank is not appropriate for good printouts.

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Meet John Roberts, the friendly face behind Ink Laser Print. He loves talking about printers in a way that makes sense to everyone. John is here to share easy tips, cool tricks, and the latest printer scoop. When he's not exploring the printing world, you'll find him turning digital ideas into real-life masterpieces. Join John on this printing adventure, where he makes the tech stuff simple and the creative possibilities endless!

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