*Because I did not own a previous version of the machine and do not purchase cartridges, I have never had to do this, so I copied the info straight from the Cricut help section // here // for your convenience.*
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.
- Ensure that your machine is powered on and connected to the computer with the USB cable.
- Click on the green Account Menu box in the upper left corner of Cricut Design Space and choosing “Link Cartridges” from the menu.
- For best results, wait until Design Space has detected 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 follow the on-screen prompts.
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.