Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 System Requirements

Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 System Requirements

Updated October 2021

Before investing in a new Cricut cutting machine, make sure your computer system requirements are up to snuff.  While you likely don’t need to purchase a whole new computer to use a Cricut machine, for best functionality, make sure your computer has these minimum system requirements.

It’s always important to know what you need, computer wise, when investing in a new die cutting machine.  Maybe you’re looking to purchase a new computer, or maybe you’re just wanting to know if your current laptop will work.  With a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore  machine, you can use both Windows and Mac computers as well as Android or iOS devices. Both machines use Cricut Design Space to create designs your machine can use.  If your computer or mobile device isn’t able to open or run Design Space effectively, your new fun Cricut machine will just sit in the box… lonely and waiting to be used.

Don’t let system requirements stifle your creativity!  Check the information below for all the computer details needed to use Cricut Design Space.

For Windows OS

windows os

  • Windows 8 or later
  • CPU: Intel Dual-Core or equivalent AMD processor
  • RAM: 4GB
  • 2 GB free disk space
  • An available USB port or Bluetooth connection
  • Display: Minimum 1024px x 768px screen resolution

Windows systems running in S Mode are not supported as of this writing (October 2021).

Some advanced Design Space features like Offset will not be available with the minimum system requirements.

Use Design Space ONLINE using a Broadband Internet connection with Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download and Minimum 1-2 Mbps Upload.

Use Design Space OFFLINE with Design Space for Desktop App.

For Mac OS

mac os

  • macOS 10.15 or later
  • CPU 1.83 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • 2 GB free disk space
  • An available USB port or Bluetooth connection
  • Display: Minimum 1024px x 768px screen resolution

 

Some advanced Design Space features like Offset will not be available with the minimum system requirements.

Use Design Space ONLINE using a Broadband Internet connection with Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download and Minimum 1-2 Mbps Upload.

Use Design Space OFFLINE with Design Space for Desktop App.

For Andriod Devices

andriod devices

  • Android 8.0 or higher
  • Mobile devices and tablets only
  • Chromebooks are not supported

Supported Devices include:

  • Samsung: Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy Tab S series
  • Google: Pixel series
  • LG: G, K, or V series
  • Motorola: Droid G, Z, E, Turbo or Moto series

Use Design Space ONLINE only using a Broadband Internet connection with Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download and Minimum 1-2 Mbps Upload.

For IOS Devices

ios devices

  • iOS 14 or later

Supported Devices include:

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

Use Design Space ONLINE using a Broadband Internet connection with Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download and Minimum 1-2 Mbps Upload.

Use Design Space OFFLINE with Cricut Design Space for IOS App. 


Note: Design features and functionality may vary between computers, tablets and smartphones. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Get all the details for downloading and installing Design Space for all these systems from Cricut's help article, Downloading and Installing Design Space.

This information is valid as of today’s posting, but please check Cricut.com for the most recently updated system requirement information. And Happy Crafting! - Kala

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27 comments

Hello Morgan,

You will be able to use any device that allows you to download apps onto them besides a chromebook.

Craft-e-Corner

Can I use an Amazon fire tablet with my cricut explore air 2

Morgan

John, No, Design Space does not work on Chromebooks.

Craft-e-Corner

Will chrom os work with cricut air 2

John Boehm

I have a cricut air 2 and I’m asking if 2021 Apple iPad will work it saying it is 9 th generation but I am trying to buy a tablet or laptop that isn’t to expensive to start enjoying my cricut

Carol

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