How do I link cartridges in Cricut Design Space with my Explore machine?

Cricut Explore was designed to work with Cricut Design Space, rather than as a stand-alone machine. However, you can still use cartridges you own with your Cricut Explore. Simply link your cartridges to your account through Cricut Design Space using the cartridge port on your Cricut Explore machine.


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.


  1. Ensure that your machine is powered on and connected to the computer with the USB cable.
  2. Click on the Account Menu in the upper left corner of Cricut Design Space and choose "Link Cartridges" from the menu.

    Link Cartridges_Account menu


  3. Select your Cricut machine from the drop-down menu. For best results, wait until Design Space has connected to your machine before inserting your cartridge. Once the machine has been detected, insert your cartridge into the cartridge port above the "Open" button on the machine, and click the "Link Cartridge" button. 

    Link Cartridges Button


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 account, please visit this help article.


If you have any error in linking the cartridges, please follow the suggestions in this help article.