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How to Reset Brother Printer: 4 Ways (Factory Reset)

Have you ever wondered how to reset Brother printer? Factory resetting will resolve certain printer errors or malfunctions. Here’s what you need to know to reset your Brother printer.

To do the Brother printer factory reset, you’ll need to unplug the printer. Then enter a sequence of buttons to factory reset your printer. It’s important to know the 4 types of Brother printers to make sure that you’re doing the right reset sequence on your printer.

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This article will first discuss these 4 types and then explain factory resetting a Brother printer.

4 Types of Brother Printers

There are four types of Brother printers on the market. They include:

  1. Button-only printers
  2. Multi-button printers 1
  3. Multi-button printers 2
  4. Touch screen or Digital displays printers

Depending on your desired results, you may choose the type of printer that best suits your needs.

1. Button-only Printers

The button-only printers are the most common type of Brother printers used today. It features a Go button, an on and off button, and several warning LED lights below it indicating a lack of ink, paper jams, etc. 

2, 3. Multi-button Printers

There are two different categories of Brother printers of this type. They have the same buttons, but the layout is different.

In one case they are laid out in the shape of a cross, and in the other like a square. 

4. Touch Screen or Digital Displays Printers

The digital control printers are the most advanced Brother printers available today. It features a touchscreen display screen and a few buttons on the right side of the printer.

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How to Reset the Brother Printer

Now that you understand the four types let us see how to reset the Brother printer.

Here are four different ways how you can do this:

Resetting the Button-Only Printer

The process of resetting a Brother button-only printer is quite simple.

  1. Unplug the power cord from the back of your printer.
  2. Long press the power button to turn off your printer.
  3. Long press the GO button until the 5th step.
  4. While holding the GO button, turn the printer on by pressing the power button.
  5. Continue pressing the GO till the toner and LEDs light flashes.
  6. Release the GO, ensure all the LEDs go off, and press the GO button ten times.
  7. Wait for a few minutes until the printer completes the reset.

Resetting The Multi-Button Printer

This is another simple process that you can use to reset the first Brother multi-button printer.

  1. First, unplug the power cord from the back of your printer.
  2. Use the arrow keys to manage to navigate the Reset menu.
  3. Proceed by pressing OK.
  4. Navigate the network by pressing the arrow keys and pressing OK.
  5. Proceed to select yes using the up-arrow key for your machine to restart automatically.
  6. When the printer turns on, use the arrow keys to navigate the reset menu and press OK again.
  7. As the printer finishes its reset, wait a few minutes.
  8. Press OK when “Restart Printer?” displays. The device will restart on its own.
  9. Press the arrow keys to move to the Reset Menu when the printer resumes. Click OK.
  10. To get to Factory Reset, use the arrow keys. Click OK
  11. For reset, press the Up arrow, and your printer is completely reset.

Resetting the Multi-Button Display (2)

This is a relatively simple process that you can use to reset this type of Brother multi-button display printer.

  1. First, unplug the power cord from the back of your printer.
  2. To pick Initial Setup, use the arrow keys. Then click OK.
  3. Navigate to Reset using the arrow keys, then tap OK.
  4. After selecting Factory Reset using the arrow keys, tap OK again.
  5. Select reset by pressing the Up-arrow key.
  6. To restart the printer, press the Up-arrow key.

Resetting the Touchscreen Display Printer

This is another relatively simple process that you can use to reset this type of Brother touchscreen printer.

  1. First, unplug the power cord from the back of your printer.
  2. Click the settings button.
  3. Click all settings.
  4. Then click Initial Setup.
  5. Select Reset.
  6. Press Factory Reset or All Settings (depending on your model). Next, click Yes.
  7. The printer will prompt you to restart it. Repeat the Yes command and hold it for two seconds. The machine will start the restart.

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Tips and Warnings When Resetting the Brother Printer

There are a few things you should know to avoid unnecessary complications with the Brother printers:

  1. You will lose all the customized settings on your printer when you reset your Brother printer.
  2. The resetting of a Brother printer takes thirty seconds to two minutes, depending on your printer type.
  3. You should check if your printer is entirely reset by turning it on and running a test page.
  4. Once you reset your Brother printer, turn it off and on again to ensure the machine is entirely reset.

Your Turn

How did it go for you? Which type of Brother printer do you own? And were you able to successfully reset it?