Fix Epson Printer Filter Failed or Stopped on Mac Error

Fix Epson Printer Filter Failed

Why did my Epson Printer Stop Working on Mac?

Epson printer filter failed is one of the rare issues which comes to the notice of a user while trying to print a printing job with an Epson printer with an Apple device. The issue can come up all of a sudden. It generally makes an appearance due to an issue with the printer driver software. Sometimes can be wrong with the driver software or it may be corrupt which can cause it to behave in a usual way due to which it may not recognize a printer.

If you are looking for printer troubleshooting steps for the Epson filter failed printer issue, an important thing for you to remember is that you need to get to the bottom of the issue to fix it from the scratch. The problem lies in the device driver. So, deleting the existing one and downloading the recent software from the official site of your Epson printer and activating it can help you in resolving the issue.

Read on to find out information about how you can successfully deal with filter failed printer Mac.

How to Fix Epson Printer Filter Failed Error on Mac

If your Epson printer says filter failed or Stopped, there are a few troubleshooting steps that you can try out to resolve the issue. One thing that you must remember is that you need to uninstall the existing faulty device driver from your device(Mac) completely and go for fresh installation of the software. Download the software and think about activating it thereafter.

  • Power off your printer. Next, follow the path: Open System Preferences>Print & Fax
Open System Preferences step for Filter Failed Error
  • Choose the name of your printer and then click on the “-“ to remove the name of your printer from the list.
  • Now choose the option to delete the name of your printer from the list and close the ‘Print & Fax’ window.
  • Next, navigate to your hard drive. Follow this path: Library->Printers. Thereafter, delete the folder named ‘Epson’.
Delete Epson Folder for the Filter Failed Error
  • Now, get back to your hard drive and follow the path: Library->Printers->PPD->Contents->Resources. Then look for the name of your printing device on the list that follows. Once you find the name of your Epson printer, remove it from the list.
follow the path to Fix Filter Failed Error in Mac
  • Now, follow this path: Library->Cache. Delete the folder, namely ‘Epson’. Once you are done with this step, close the window of the hard drive by clicking the cross button on the top right-hand side of the window.
Follow This Path to Clear Cache
  • Restart the computer and switch your printing machine on.
  • Visit the official site of Epson and look for the name of your printing machine and try to find out the driver software for it. Once, you locate it, download the software.
  • Wait for some time until the download is complete. When the file is downloaded, launch the file and follow the instructions that appear on the screen. Make sure you do it in accordance with the instructions. Once the installation is complete, the job is almost done.
  • As the last step, you just need to verify whether the issue still persists. You can find out whether or not you have been able to resolve the issue by simply trying to get a print. If you are able to get a print, it is the indicator that the issue has been resolved.

Hopefully, the above steps will do the trick and solve the issue. In case the filter failed printer issue persists, there could be something seriously wrong with the machine. A hardware issue can be behind it. Proper diagnosis may be necessary to establish the exact cause behind the unusual behavior of your printer. Consider getting professional help in this connection.

Issues in printing can sometimes land you into a serious problem, especially if you need to get prints for the purpose of your business. Your sure-fire way to resolve a technical issue with your printer is to take an immediate step to fix an Epson printer and printing issue rather than keeping it pending for too long.

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Vanessa Valente
20 days ago

Thank you!! Very simple instructions and this fixed my problem!!! Thanks again!

3 months ago

This was incredibly clear and helpful! It worked and saved me at this time!

Thank you!!

Trevor Jost
5 months ago

Thanks! This worked but all I did was reinstall the printer driver – didn’t have to delete anything.

3 months ago
Reply to  Trevor Jost

Likewise…. just downloaded the driver, installed it and it worked.

Did not have to delete a thing.

It simply reinstalled over the old driver.

Dan Anderson
6 months ago

This solved the “filter” problem I was having with my MacPro running High Sierra 10.13.3. The instructions kind of fell apart at the end… things looked and acted a little differently than the instructions, but I was 1st and goal on the 2 yard line, and I got it across the goal line! Thank you for the fine resource you have!

Mark Segal
6 months ago

The easy way to fix this problem is to go to Epson’s website, download the Uninstall application, turn on the printer and run this application. It can take a long time to do its work, but eventually it will pull up a list of all your installed Epson applications. Check-mark the one called Epson printer driver and click Uninstall. The complete driver package will be uninstalled immediately. Then go to the Epson website, download the latest driver package version compatible with your operating system and printer, and follow the installation instructions. This will fix the filter failed problem until it re-occurs, which it can.

6 months ago

Thank you so much from a non tech savvy, all sorted, back up and running. Very grateful.

David Wood
8 months ago

Thank you so much! Mac Catalina with Epson XP-6000 SORTED!

Rolando Hernandez Albin
11 months ago

We have two MACs with OSX Catalina. We have an Epson l355. Yesterday my wife’s machine sent the FILTER ERROR message when accesing the printer through WIFI (USB OK). Today mine began to send it too. Possibly because of some actualization. I believe it is going to spread. Have you identified the problem? Will you hace a cure? Thanks beforehand.

1 year ago

Thank you! Thank you! This Errorsdoc website was at the top of my Google search for Epson filter problems and I went for it. Of course I was intimidated when deleting the printer from my preferences as well as all those other hard drive library deletes. Instructions were very clear and I made sure I followed them to the tee. The solution is not intuitive i.e. the average user (like me) can’t just guess at what might be wrong. I needed a strategy and yours worked. Again thank you.

1 year ago

God bless you! This “filter failed” error on my Epson 3800 has been happening off and on for over a year now. I found your procedures very clear and easy to follow, and now my problem is solved. Thank you so much! I’m making a note of your website for when the next problem comes around