Epson printer filter failed

Epson Printer Filter Failed Error (2 Easy Fixes!)

Epson has a great lineup of printers. They are consistently among the top 3 best-selling printer brands in the US and globally! Having said that, they do come with a few challenges. One challenge repeatedly reported by users working from home is the Epson Printer filter failed error.

Epson Printer Filter Failed

If you are dealing with the Epson Printer filter failed error, first reset the printing system and delete leftover Epson Printer files. Then, reinstall the latest available Epson Printer driver. Lastly, enable the Epson Printer sharing option to connect additional in-network computers. Try to print. It should be fixed!

Is the Epson Printer filter failed error driving you crazy? Read on for further step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting steps to fix your Epson filter failed error today!

Reasons Behind The Epson Printer Filter Failed Error

Why is the Epson filter failed error showing up in the first place? What’s going on?

Epson Printer Filter Failed

There are 2 primary causes of the Epson Printer filter failed error:

  1. The Epson Printer driver is outdated or corrupt
  2. The Epson Printer sharing option is not enabled

Interestingly, Mac computer users report the the Epson filter failed error more frequently.

Oftentimes, the issue specifically arises immediately following an upgrade from an older macOS or Windows version to a newer version.

In MOST cases, this error means that your installed Epson Printer driver is outdated or corrupt and must be reinstalled.

In other cases this error may persist following re-installation of the printer driver due to not properly enabling Epson Printer sharing options.

Let’s walk through the detailed steps below to fix the Epson Printer filter failed problem.

How To Fix The Epson Printer Filter Failed Error

Remove, Reinstall and Update Printer Driver

Step #1: Reset The Printing System

To reset the printing system, perform the following steps:

  1. Under the Apple menu icon, select System Preferences. Next, click Print and Fax or Printers & Scanner / Print and Scan. It is a good idea to copy down the name and driver of each of the printers you have installed. This will help speed up the reinstall process later.
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  2. In the blank space within the Printers list, right click and select Reset printing system from the drop down menu.
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  3. Once the confirmation window pops up, select Reset.
  4. After the printing system is fully reset and no printer devices are showing in the Printers list, restart your computer.

Step #2: Delete Leftover Epson Printer Files

To fully delete any leftover Epson Printer files, perform the following steps:

  1. First, navigate to Finder and search for Printers. If there is an Epson folder there, delete it.
  2. Next, in the same Printers folder select PPDs, then Contents and Resources. Search for your Epson Printer model name. Delete all related Epson files.
  3. Then, back in the Finder search for the Cache folder. Delete all folders with Epson in the folder name.
  4. Lastly, you need to locate your Trash icon on your desktop and permanently delete all of the files and folders you just deleted.

Step #3: Reinstall The Epson Printer Driver

To reinstall the latest Epson Printer driver, perform the following steps:

  1. First, turn on and connect your Epson Printer to your PC
  2. Then, go to the Epson official website and select either the Mac or Windows version of Epson Connect Printer Setup Utility.
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  3. Lastly, accept the terms and conditions and follow the step-by-step process in the window pop-up to install and register your Epson Printer.
  4. You will be asked to create a new account or you can sign-up with an existing account.

That’s it! Go ahead and try to print something. Your Epson Printer filter failed error should now be resolved.

Enable Epson Printer Sharing Option

So, you reinstalled the latest driver but you are still receiving the filter failed error and/or experiencing WiFi connectivity issues with other computers in your home or network?

It’s possible the error persists because you have not enabled the sharing option.

The sharing option enables the additional computers in your network and your Epson Printer to connect.

Enable Epson Printer sharing option on Mac

  1. First, select the Apple menu and click System Preferences and then Sharing.
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  2. In Sharing, select the Printer Sharing checkbox.
  3. Underneath the Printers section, select the Epson Printer you wish to share.

Notably, this will share your Epson Printer with every user on your network. What if you only want specific users to have access to your Epson Printer? Not a problem. Select the Add button underneath the Users list and add the specific users you desire.

Enable Epson Printer sharing option on Windows 10

  1. First, select the Start button and select Settings, then Devices and click Printers & scanners.
  2. In the Printers & scanners section, select the Epson Printer you wish to share and click Manage.
  3. Next, select Printer Properties and click the Sharing tab.
  4. Finally, on the Sharing tab, select Share this printer.

Once you have completed the above steps, restart all associated computers and unplug and restart your Epson Printer. Then, try to print from each computer and check whether the Epson Printer filter failed error has resolved.

Epson Printer Filter Failed Temporary Workaround

If you are in a pinch and you do not have time to reinstall your Epson Printer driver, there is a workaround you can try.

  1. In the print pop-up window where the filter failed error is displaying, select Settings.
  2. Next, in Settings select Utility, then Open Printer Utility and click Update.
  3. On the first few attempts you may receive a Communication error message. That’s OK! Continue to select Update until the message reads Ready / Connected.
  4. Once connected, select Print Test Page. After the test page is printed, click Retry on your original print job in the printer queue. If it continues to say filter failed keep selecting Retry!
  5. IF the document in the existing printer queue will not print after a few Retry attempts, you need to create a new print job. This will result in two print jobs displaying the printer queue – the original request and this newly entered request.

The new print request should successfully print.

At this point you are probably thinking, “this sounds like an imperfect science”. The reality is that this workaround requires some trial and error.

Check out the video below for proof that it actually works!

Conclusion

When you try to print, are you receiving the Epson Printer filter failed error? Don’t panic! This is a common problem. Here’s how to fix it.

If you are dealing with the Epson Printer filter failed error, first reset the printing system and delete leftover Epson Printer files. Then, reinstall the latest available Epson Printer driver. Lastly, enable the Epson Printer sharing option to connect additional in-network computers. Try to print. It should be fixed!

Unfortunately, updating the printer driver may not solve the issue for everyone. If this is the case, you can verify your Epson Printer limited warranty and service plan.

Additionally, if you are still having issues despite attempting each of these troubleshooting steps, you can contact Epson customer support by using your printer model number.

I hope your found these Epson Printer troubleshooting steps helpful! If this post helped you fix the Epson filter failed error or if you solved your issue some other way, be sure to leave me a comment below so that we can include it!

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