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How do I set up my Explore machine?

Setting up your Explore 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 the new machine setup. Completing the new machine setup for your Explore machine also automatically registers the machine to your account. To set up your Cricut Explore, Explore Air, Explore Air 2 or Explore One machine, follow these steps:

 

On a Windows or Mac Computer:

  1. Plug in the Explore machine and power it on.
  2. Connect your Explore to your computer with the USB cord or pair it via Bluetooth (How do I pair my Explore 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 iOS Device:

  1. Plug in the Explore machine and power it on.
  2. Pair your iOS device and Explore machine via Bluetooth (How do I pair my Explore machine via Bluetooth?).
  3. Download and install the Design Space app from the App 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.