How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

Do you have a stack of Cricut cartridges that you used with a older model Cricut machine? Or maybe you received some in a Cricut mystery box? Here’s how to link Cricut cartridges to your Cricut Design Space account. This post contains affiliate links. 

Recently, I shared my Cricut story and how I came to upgrade from an older model Cricut to the Cricut Explore Air. I’m pumped with the Cricut Explore Air 2 and use it often, but my upgrade left me with a stack of Cricut cartridges that I wasn’t sure if I could use anymore. Luckily, I discovered that not only could I still utilize the cartridges, but I also found out that linking them to Cricut Design Space is quite easy.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

One of the most common Cricut questions is “Do I need to use Cricut cartridges after I buy a Cricut?” Nope! If you’ve purchased a Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2, you could craft all month and never need the first Cricut cartridge. Cricut Design Space provides all the images that you would need. However, not all of these are free. Some users decide to go with a Cricut Access subscription. See my Do I Really Need Cricut Access post to read my thoughts on the subscription. Some crafters utilize the free images and then purchase individual images as they need them.

But for those who have cartridges from an older model Cricut or received some in a mystery box, these cartridges can easily be linked to your Cricut account.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when linking cartridge images:

-The images that are linked from the cartridges will show as free for you (even if they are normally not free in Cricut Access).

-The cartridge can only be linked to 1 account. So you can’t link it to your account and then give it to your friend to link to her account. That’s a definite no-no!

-Watch out when purchasing used cartridges from eBay. If they have already been linked to an account and you purchase the cartridge, then you will not be able to link it to your account.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

Now, here’s how to link your current cartridges!

Step 1

Open Cricut Design Space and log into your account. Click on Link Cartridges.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

Step 2

Allow Cricut Design Space to locate your machine. You’ll see your machine listed and the “Insert” paragraph will be back.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design SpaceStep 3

Insert a Cricut cartridge into the section on the left.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

 

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

Step 4

The “Link” paragraph will turn black. Click the green “Link Cartridge” at the bottom right.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

Step 5

Wait until a message pops up to let you know the cartridge is linked. Remove the cartridge and repeat until all cartridges have been linked.

Here is a Disney image that previously was showing as a paid image. It is now free since I have linked my Disney Cartridge.

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

 

How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Design Space

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Comments

  1. Gail Taylor says

    What do I do if my cartridges are linked to my gypsy. How do I upgrade those to my explore air? And can I still use my gypsy with my expression if it’s link to the explore DS? I have been thinking about figuring it out I have a lot of cartridges. Thanks so much!

  2. Aurora Myers says

    Can I link my gypsy contents to the design space or cricut craft rooom? My cartridges are linked to my gypsy and I am interested in buying a cricut air and want to be able to use all the cartridges I have already purchased.

  3. Beatriz says

    Hi!!
    I have a lot of cartridges but they are linked to the gipsy machine. Would I have any trouble linking the cartridges to design space?
    Thanks

  4. Paula Bonnin says

    I don’t have the Cricut Ex. Air I just have the Explore. Is it the same for the Explore as it is for the Air? I have a ton of cartridges that aren’t being used!!

  5. Sherry says

    If I link my cartridges then I decide I don’t need the CD space will still be able to use the images from my cartridges that I linked?

  6. Bonnie Troutt says

    How do I link my old cartridges from the cricut expression to Cricut Design space? I do not have an explore or one of the newer models – I am contemplating purchasing one but have yet to decide if I need a new one or not.

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