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How do I set up my Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine?

Setting up your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine can be done in a few simple steps. Completing all steps will give you access to images, fonts, and projects in the free trial of Cricut Access that automatically activates during this process. Completing the new machine setup also automatically registers the machine to your account. To set up your Cricut Explore, Explore One, Explore Air, Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker machine, follow these steps:

 

On a Windows or Mac Computer:

  1. Plug in the machine and power it on.
  2. Connect the machine to your computer with the USB cord or pair it via Bluetooth (How do I pair my machine via Bluetooth?)
  3. Point your browser to https://design.cricut.com/setup.
  4. Follow the instructions on your screen to login or create a Cricut.com account.
  5. Download and install the Design Space plug-in when prompted.
  6. Accept the terms of your free trial of Cricut Access.
  7. You will know the set up process is complete when you are prompted to make your first cut.

 

On an Android or iOS Device:

  1. Plug in the machine and power it on.
  2. Pair your Android or iOS device and Cricut machine via Bluetooth (How do I pair my machine via Bluetooth?).
  3. Download and install the Design Space app from the App Store or Google Play store
  4. Launch the App, and follow the instructions on your screen to log into or create a Cricut.com account.
  5. Tap the menu and click Machine Setup & App Overview.
  6. Click New Machine Setup to begin the process.
  7. Continue to follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup.
  8. You will know the set up process is complete when you are prompted to make your first project.  

 

Your machine is automatically registered during the set up process. If you did not complete the set up process when you connected your machine to your computer for the first time, re-connect your machine, go to cricut.com/setup or "New Machine Setup" throught the Design Space account menu, and follow the on-screen prompts.

 

Video Tutorials:

  • Watch how to set up your Explore One machine using a computer here.  
  • Watch how to set up your Explore Air machine using a computer here
  • Watch how to set up your Explore machine using an iOS device here.

 

At this time, the New Machine Setup cannot be done through the Cricut Basics iOS App.