How To Connect Cricut Explore Air 2 To Computer?

Whether it’s your job or you just simply love to print out colorful, unique, and beautiful designs – Cricut Explore Air 2 won’t be something new to your ears!

Many people are using this incredible device/machine for their DIY projects, school art projects, printing logos & b-cards for their business, etc.

No doubt this machine is quite brilliant and allows you to print and even cut out the designs easily. However, sometimes people fail to get the desired results!

It is because most people have no idea how to connect this remarkable, super-efficient and incredible device to their laptop/computer.

If you have just bought your new Connect Cricut Explore Air 2, and trying to figure out how to connect it to your computer – then you have landed on the right web-page.

Here is a complete guide – showing you how you can connect Cricut Explore in just a few steps without any blunder!


Two Ways To Connect Cricut Explore Air 2:

Before discussing the steps to connect your laptop/computer to Cricut Explore – it is important to know your options.

The Connect Cricut Explore Air 2 is the latest version. Hence it comes with more efficient and better options. One such feature of this machine is that you can connect it via:

  • Bluetooth – wireless connection.
  • USB cord – comes with the machine

While using the USB cable to connect the two devices is a more simple and quick option – it has its own flaws.

On the other hand, connecting the devices over the Bluetooth connection is more practical. It allows you to move your laptop whenever you want. Plus, it saves you from plugging-in and out of the USB cord.

Don’t get too excited – as connecting your laptop with the Cricut Explore machine over Bluetooth is a bit tricky! But relax, if you follow all the steps as mentioned in the guide – it’ll be as easy as pie!

Common Problems Connecting Cricut Air 2:

Some people come across the issue where their computer does not establish a connection with the Cricut explore air 2 devices. It is common with the Bluetooth connectivity, however, people using the USB cable also come across this problem.

If you are having a problem connecting the machine with your computer, then don’t worry. It might be sue to:

  • The Bluetooth on either device is not turned on.
  • The machine might be too far away from the computer to establish a secure connection.
  • Your OS’s firewall might be blocking the connection.
  • The computer’s slot is not detecting the USB cable.
  • You might be missing a USB driver.

Step To Connect Your Computer Via Cricut Explore 2:

As we all know that there are two broad OS users – one with windows as their OS – other with the Mac OS.

Due to the difference in specs, features, and settings of both operating systems – the process of connecting the Explore Air 2 would also be different for both OS’.

We have explained the steps for both Mac computers and Windows computers. So without any further delay, let’s take a close look at the steps:

Pairing With Windows Computer:

To connect Explore Air 2 machine successfully to your computer – either via a USB cord or Bluetooth – follow these steps:

  1. Plug-in the Cricut Air 2 machine – to power on.
  2. Now insert the USB both in your computer and the machine.
  3. For a wireless connection – the machine must be with 10-15 feet of your computer.
  4. Turn on the Bluetooth setting both on the machine and the computer.
  5. Now go to ‘Start’ on your home screen.
  6. Then go to ‘Settings’ and click on ‘Device’ option.
  7. Select ‘Add Bluetooth’ or ‘Other Device’ option.
  8. From there select the ‘Cricut Air 2’
  9. Add the pin code such as ‘000’ and pair it with your computer.
  10. Wait for the connection to establish.

Pairing With A Mac Computer:

To connect or pair the Air 2 machine to your mac computer – via Bluetooth or USB cable – follow these steps:

  1. Plug-in the Cricut Air 2 machine – to power on.
  2. Now insert the USB both in your computer and the machine.
  3. For a wireless connection – the machine must be with 10-15 feet of your computer.
  4. Open ‘Apple Menu’, from there select ‘System Preferences’ and look for Bluetooth options.
  5. Click the ‘Bluetooth’ option and from there turn it on.
  6. Now from the list of devices select ‘Explore Air 2’ and click ‘pair’.
  7. Enter the pin code for example ‘000’ and pair the machine with your computer.
  8. Wait for the connection to establish.

Now Set-up And Enjoy Printing Out!

If you thinking that connecting the Explore Air 2 with your mac/windows computer would do the job, then hold your thoughts.

That’s just the first step. To enjoy the benefits of Cricut Explore 2, there something else that you need to do as well. It’s set up your device! It is not tricky or takes time.

All you need to do is create an account, select some settings and you are good to go. Here’s what you need to do set-up the Air 2 machine:

  1. Once the machine is connected to your computer – mac or windows – open your web-browser.
  2. Enter ‘’ in the search bar and open the website.
  3. ‘Sign in’ or create a new ‘Cricut ID’ – by following the on-screen instructions on the web page.
  4. Then download and install ‘Design Space.’
  5. Once installed, run the ‘Design Space’ plug-in and log-in
  6. From there go the ‘Menu’ option – present at the top-left corner of the window.
  7. Open the ‘Menu’ and then select ‘New Machine Setup’ option.
  8. Click on that option – it will open a detailed guide – that will help you with the installation process and how to make your first project!

Congratulations, you have done a great job! Now you access unlimited designs, printing, and cut-outs whenever you want!

Impress your boss or loved ones with your creativity, without worrying about where to print! Feel free to share your experience with us. And if there’s something else that you want to know – leave a comment below!

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