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My current printer (D1460 - which is probably 10+ years old) is proving quite wasteful as cartridges dry out before they've had much use.  My printing use is fairly erratic and I am looking at purchasing a basic HP printer with instant ink - starting with the free monthly plan and paying extra as and when needed.  Before purchase I would like to know the following:

  • My preference is to turn the printer on only when needed - can you confirm that the page count / ink usage will still update if I do this (I realise from reading other posts that HP suggest it is best to leave on, but for environmental reasons & due to infrequency of use I would prefer not to) 
  • Is the monthly use calculated based on a calendar month?
  • Is there a way of seeing the monthly page count on the printer itself  (so I can monitor my own usage)?

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@mihe, Welcome to HP Support Community!


Find the answers to your questions below-


Yes, you can turn on the printer when needed but ensure the printer is connected to the network when powered on.


Monthly billing cycle


For customers enrolling with a free trial promotion or during printer setup:
Instant Ink service starts the day you enroll. This enables you to keep track of your page counts after you enroll, so you can make sure you are on the right page plan before your free trial ends. The first billing cycle will end about 30 days after you enroll.

For customers enrolling with established printers:
Instant Ink service will begin when you insert one or more Instant Ink cartridges.

Ongoing billing:
You will be charged each month at the end of the billing cycle. Since your monthly plan fee is the same every month, we will not send you a bill prior to charging your monthly fee, unless you print additional pages.

When you print additional pages during your billing cycle, we will send you an email at the end of your billing cycle, that lists your monthly fee and the charges for any additional sets of pages you printed. Remember to keep your printer connected to the internet, so you can get notifications about your HP Instant Ink account.


Check Your Usage

Log in to your account at Here you can see how many pages you've printed, available rollover pages, estimated next bill, and much more. You can update your payment method, change your address or your plan, and even chat with a Support agent.


Refer to the document FAQ's - HP Instant Ink for additional help.


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