How to Guide: Disabling automatic firmware updates on your HP Printer

How to Disable Automatic Firmware Updates for HP Printers: A step-by-step guide

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of disabling automatic firmware updates for your HP printer directly from the printer's control panel. Disabling automatic updates ensures that you maintain full control over when and which updates are installed on your printer. This can be useful for maintaining the compatibility of third-party ink cartridges or for preventing potential issues that may arise from new firmware updates.


  1. Access the printer's control panel
  2. Navigate to the Setup menu
  3. Enter the Service menu
  4. Disable Automatic Firmware Updates
  5. Save your changes

Step 1 - Access the Printer's Control Panel

  1. Turn on your HP printer and ensure it is connected to the same network as your computer.
  2. Locate the printer's control panel.

Step 2 - Navigate to the Setup Menu

  1. On the printer's control panel, press the "Setup" button (usually represented by a wrench icon).
  2. Using the arrow buttons, navigate to the "Preferences" or "Network Setup" menu and press "OK."

Step 3 - Enter the Service Menu

  1. In the Preferences or Network Setup menu, use the arrow buttons to navigate to the "Service" or "Advanced Settings" menu and press "OK."
  2. Locate the "Firmware Update" or "Update Options" menu and press "OK."

Step 4 - Disable Automatic Firmware Updates

  1. In the Firmware Update or Update Options menu, use the arrow buttons to navigate to the "Automatic Firmware Updates" or "Auto Update" option and press "OK."
  2. Select "Off" or "Disable" to turn off automatic firmware updates and press "OK."

Step 5 - Save Your Changes

  1. Press the "Back" or "Return" button on the control panel to exit the Firmware Update or Update Options menu.

  2. Continue pressing the "Back" or "Return" button until you are back to the printer's main screen.


By following these simple steps, you have successfully disabled automatic firmware updates for your HP printer directly from the control panel. You can now manually control when your printer receives firmware updates, allowing you to maintain compatibility with third-party ink cartridges and avoid potential issues from new firmware updates.


Will disabling automatic firmware updates affect my printer's performance?

Disabling automatic firmware updates will not affect your printer's performance. Your printer will continue to function normally. However, by disabling automatic updates, you take control of when to update your printer's firmware, which may help maintain compatibility with third-party ink cartridges and prevent potential issues from new firmware updates.

How do I enable automatic firmware updates if I change my mind later?

To enable automatic firmware updates, simply follow the same steps outlined above but select "On" or "Enable" in the "Automatic Firmware Updates" or "Auto Update" menu instead of "Off" or "Disable." Don't forget to press "OK" and save your changes.

Can I still update my printer's firmware manually if I disable automatic updates?

Yes, you can still update your printer's firmware manually if you disable automatic updates. You'll need to visit the HP Support website to download the latest firmware version for your printer model. After downloading the firmware, follow the instructions provided by HP to update your printer manually.

How often does HP release firmware updates?

HP releases firmware updates periodically, depending on the printer model and the need for updates. These updates can include bug fixes, security patches, and improvements to the printer's functionality. It is essential to periodically check the HP Support website for the latest firmware updates to ensure your printer stays up-to-date and continues to work efficiently.

How do I know if a firmware update is available for my printer?

If you have disabled automatic firmware updates, you can check for available updates by visiting the HP Support website. Enter your printer model in the search bar and navigate to the firmware section on the printer's support page. If a newer firmware version is available, you'll see the option to download it, along with a description of the changes and improvements included in the update.


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