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Epson Printer Says Out of Paper but It Isn't

Have ever had trouble with your Epson printer’s paper feed? No it’s not a paper jam but another constant error that’s probably very common to encounter. Everytime I attempt to print, my paper feed won’t pick up paper and flashes “out of paper. Please load paper” error. Epson printer says out of paper but it isn't. Nope, my paper supply is sufficient to give me a few dozen prints. So, what’s with error? Is it because of the paper type that I used? I don’t think so. I normally use legal size office paper and my drivers are up-to-date. This likely falls into hardware malfunction. I hope an Epson printer troubleshooting tips are as helpful as before.

So, what are we supposed to do when Epson printer says out of paper but it isn't? Again, I scoured and asked some people I know who encountered this type of error and compiled tested and proven solutions. Ready?

  • Use the correct paper for the printer

I did mine correctly. Since a legal-size printer paper is very acceptable. However, there are other media that your Epson printer might have difficulty feeding. For instance, a cardstock, envelope or photo paper are considered special media. If your printer isn’t made for these kinds of paper, might as well not use it.

What difference does it make on your printer or its output prints? A LOT. The length, thickness, opaqueness and the material of your media paper significantly affects the printouts especially in terms of ink distribution. The thicker the media, the more ink it absorbs. The more opaque the paper, the more probability the prints would go through the other side of the paper.

When you use the wrong or unacceptable type of paper, your printer will not be able to pick it up and read it as ‘out of paper’ – hence, the error. If you’re using the right paper, align the edges and reload them into the paper tray. 

  • Unplug and reconnect printer

One of the most common Epson printer troubleshooting tricks you always read is unplugging and reconnecting your power cord. It works most of time. Why? I seriously don’t know. Maybe it’s a system glitch or insufficient power problem? To do this, simply unplug your printer for 30-60 seconds while still power on, then replug. That’s about it.

  • Check printer alignment

It is possible that your ink cartridges are not aligned properly that why it gives the error warning. Move the carriage to the far left. It is also possible that the paper is not aligned well or exceeds the maximum paper capacity. Either way, just check your printer’s alignment. But do so after turning off your printer and unplugging it. You've been warned.

  • Check for foreign objects or debris

Any blockage in the printer causes not only ‘out of paper’ error but can also lead to paper jams and further interior damage of your printer. Best to check out if there are any objects in the rollers. There was once a case that a pencil was found in the printer. That printer owner was almost about to spend hundreds of dollars for repair.

  • Replace/clean paper rollers and sensors

Clean your printer sensors. It’s located near the front cover of ink cartridges. It’s locked by a black lever. The sensor controls the feeding and pulling out of paper. Make sure that the paper rollers are also clean to avoid any print problems. If they’re worn out, time to replace the rollers before they overheat and cause interior printer damages.

(I'll make an instruction for the paper roller replacement OR you can just search it online how). 

There you have it. Another Epson printer troubleshooting guide for people like us who doesn't know what's suddenly wrong with our printers. Comment down below if you have other printing issues or if these tips are not effective.


  • I have a nearly new XP 4105 that suddenly got the constant Paper Out error after I cleared a paper jam. After ages of fiddling around with no joy I noticed the bottom of the paper stack seemed to be sitting too low in the rear feeder to feed through the rollers. So I lay a standard 5mm wide MacDonalds straw across the bottom of the rear feeder and loaded the paper ensuring the bottom of the stack sat over the top of the straw. This aligned the paper perfectly with the rollers and printer is now working like a dream again. I’m sure other brands of fast food straw are available and equally as effective.

  • This printer refuses to print on 4×6 Epson photo paper most popular size I use WASTE OF MONEY supplier replaced it once and this ones the same fault .im using Epson ink Epson photo paper

  • First of all my first ET2760 printer had to be sent back shortly after buying because the edge guides got stuck. They sent me a refurbished one! I paid for a brand new one. Why would they punish me for buying their bad product by sending me another bad printer??? Anyway, this one, with every print job, at best, print four copies then the old Paper out in rear feed message. I turn it off, wait a few, turn it on again to print four more copies, then same message. Please, someone, tell me what to do!

    Dana Hyatt
  • When it says cassette 1 out of paper but isn’t check the actual source where you have sent your printing from
    For example your phone
    When you press print change the setting to A4 as it defaults to 6×4 which is cassette .
    When you change it to A4 this prints it from cassette 2
    Hope this makes sense 😁

  • I got the “out of paper” suddenly today. The printer functioned excellently but then suddenly said out of paper. After several trials I found the fault to be that the printer had changed its priority from tray 2 (main) to tray 1 (the one for photos). Why? I don’t know. My choice for paper source was “automatic”. Now I asked for a print. The print command box came up on my MacBook screen. I opened “Media & Quality” where I got a manual choice for which tray to feed from. I asked for tray 2 (why tray 1 isn‘t main beats me) – and presto: it works again. Hopefully the solution to some of you with this issue.

    Jan B

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