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How do I link cartridges in Cricut Design Space?

Cricut Explore and Maker machines were designed to work with Cricut Design Space, rather than as stand-alone machines. However, you can still use your cartridge content with these machines in Design Space. Simply link your cartridges to your account through Cricut Design Space using your Cricut Explore machine or the Cricut Cartridge Adapter. Select a device below for linking instructions.

 

 

Cartridges cannot be linked through the Cricut Design Space iOS App or the Cricut Design Space beta for Android app at this time. You will need to link your cartridges using Cricut Design Space on a laptop or desktop computer. For best results, please connect your machine to the computer via USB cable.

 

Cartridge linking with a Cartridge Adapter

  1. Sign in to Design Space on a Windows or Mac computer. 
  2. Insert the cartridge adapter into a USB port on the computer. 
  3. Click on the Account Menu in the upper left corner of Cricut Design Space and select "Link Cartridges." 

    Account Menu_Link Cartridges

  4. Select your device from the drop-down menu. Cartridge adapters will show up in the list as "Adapter."

    Select Adapter from list

  5. When instructed, plug your cartridge into the adapter. After a few moments, Design Space will detect the cartridge.  

    Insert Cartridge

  6. When the cartridge has been detected, the "Link Cartridge" button will enable. Click the button to initiate the linking process. 

    Link Cartridge

  7. Design Space will alert you when the link is complete. Remove the cartridge from the adapter and choose what to do next. You can continue to link other cartridges, view your cartridges, or click the X in the upper right corner of the cartridge linking window to return to the Home or Canvas screen. 

    Cartridge Linked

 

 

Cartridge linking with a Cricut Explore

  1. Sign in to Design Space on a Windows or Mac computer.
  2. Ensure that your Explore machine is powered on and connected to the computer with the USB cable.
  3. Click on the Account Menu in the upper left corner of Cricut Design Space and select "Link Cartridges."

    Link Cartridges_Account menu

     

  4. Select your Cricut machine from the drop-down menu.

    Select machine

  5. When instructed, insert your cartridge into the port on the left side of the machine above the "Open" button. After a few moments, Design Space will detect the cartridge.

    Insert Cartridge

  6. When the cartridge has been detected, the "Link Cartridge" button will enable. Click the button to initiate the linking process.

    Link Cartridge_Explore

  7. Design Space will alert you when the link is complete. Remove the cartridge from the machine and choose what to do next. You can continue to link other cartridges, view your cartridges, or click the X in the upper right corner of the cartridge linking window to return to Home or Canvas.

    Cartridge Linked_Explore

 

If you have already linked your cartridges to your account through Cricut Craft Room, they will automatically be available in Cricut Design Space. There is no need to re-link them. For instructions on how to link your Cricut Gypsy to your Cricut.com account, please visit this help article.

 

If you receive any errors when linking the cartridges, please follow the suggestions in this help article.