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Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 System Requirements

Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 System Requirements

Before investing in a new Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2 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 Air 2 machine, you can use both Windows and Mac computers and Android or iOS devices as well. Both machines use Cricut DesignSpace to create designs your machine can use.  If your computer or mobile device isn’t able to open or run DesignSpace 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 your Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker machine. 


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

This information is valid as of today’s posting, but please check for the most recently updated system requirement information.

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Karen Lawson - June 2, 2021

What iPad is compatible with the Cricut air 2

Sally Tokar - March 23, 2021

I have been using my Samsung Galaxy E tablet since I started with my Cricut Maker. Now it’s not compatable??What is up with this? So very frustrating and disappointing.

Bridget - March 19, 2021

I have a cricut explore air 2, and an android phone, why can’t I upload images, print and cut? It tells me it’s not compatible??? I can only print and cut what design space has already as default. I’d like to do pictures of my family etc. Please help. I’m losing my mind trying to figure it out. I cannot afford a fancy tablet or iPhone lol.

Farah - March 6, 2021

What computer is best to use for the Cricut air 2 ???? Please help

Carol - January 25, 2021

Where do I find the filter feature in order to write using an ipad

Paula Dunn - January 25, 2021

I have a circut explorer air 2 machine I also have a iPad Pro 4th generation I have been told that I won’t be able to do foil on my circut machine is that true. I have a iMac computer but trying to sell it I don’t use it I just use my iPad. I am very new and getting my craft room ready and I am very interested in do foil.
Thank you .

Vereen - November 30, 2020

I have an Cricut air 2 that I have to use with my iPad,wondering if there is a hard book I can buy to help me with everything

Lou L SAeateurn - August 3, 2020

I’m trying to buy Cricut maker to do my
Project. I have iPhone 11 Pro Max is it
Compatibles with Cricut maker and what
Software should I download? Usually it’s
Auto detected if not then how ?i want
To draw my own arts design. Is it program
has draw software do I need computer to
Do it thank you

Sylvia - June 29, 2020

Dose a 2011 MacBook Air version 10.12.6 work for the cricut air 2?

Arvii - June 15, 2020

I am looking into purchasing a cricut air 2 , but i don’t have a computer . So i just want to know if it is compatible with a iPhone 11 Mac Pro .

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