Cricut Maker: How It Works and Common Problems With the Machine

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Is your Cricut Maker loading slowly? Does it regularly crash or freeze, or sometimes doesn’t open at all? It’s really frustrating when any of these things happens, especially if you are working on a special wedding invitation project or an urgent DIY home decal.

Well, we know how it feels because we’ve been there, too. This is why we’ll share with you a few handy tips on what you should do about your Cricut Maker Mac problems.

But before we proceed, allow us to provide you with a brief overview of what a Cricut Maker is and how to install it.

What Is a Cricut Maker?

A Cricut Maker is a smart cutting machine that works in conjunction with printers. To use it, you create designs on your computer and then print them on the machine the same way as you would with a traditional printer. However, Cricut Maker does more than just print the design: it will cut it out of the material you specified, such as paper, craft foam, sticker paper, fabric, vinyl and faux leather.

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With a Cricut Maker, you can do a lot of projects, including the following:

  • Fun letters and shapes for scrapbooking
  • Onesie and shirt design
  • Custom cards
  • Leather bracelets
  • Stencils for painting
  • Party favors
  • Vinyl stickers for automobiles
  • Monogram pillows
  • Christmas decors
  • Designs for tumblers, mugs, and cups
  • Wall decals
  • Wooden signs
  • Decals for appliances

How to Install Cricut Maker

To install Cricut Maker on your Mac, simply follow these steps:

  1. Connect Cricut Maker to a power source and switch it on.
  2. Pair it with your Mac via Bluetooth.
  3. Download and install the Cricut Design Space app for Mac.
  4. After installing, open the app and follow the on-screen instructions provided to create a Cricut ID.
  5. Once you have an account, navigate to the menu section and tap Machine Setup & App Overview.
  6. Choose New Machine Setup.
  7. Complete the setup by following the on-screen prompts.
  8. When you are already prompted to create your first project, that means setup is successful and complete.

How to Fix Cricut Maker Issues

Design Space, the creators of Cricut Maker, are very much aware that there are existing issues on their product, including slow loading, crashing, and freezing. That is why they are working to constantly update the app and the machine design.

In the meantime, we listed a few possible solutions to resolve the reported problems. Check them out:

1. Fix Your Internet Connection.

The main reason why Cricut Maker machines encounter problems is a slow internet connection. The Cricut Design Space app requires fast and stable upload and download speeds to send and receive information while working on a design. With an inconsistent connection, the app may crash or freeze.

According to Design Space, the app requires a minimum of 2Mbps upload speed and 3Mbps download speed to run efficiently. So, if your Internet speed is quite not up to par, contact your Internet service provider. They can provide you with a new modem or upgrade your Internet package to meet the required speeds.

2. Check Your Computer Specs.

If it’s not your internet speed, it is possible that the problem is with your Mac’s specs. To run the Cricut Maker Design Space app, there are minimum requirements that should be met. Here they are:

For Windows Computers:

  • Windows 8 or later
  • Intel Core series or AMD processors
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500MB free disk space
  • Bluetooth connection

For Apple Computers:

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or the later versions
  • 83 GHz CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50MB free disk space
  • Bluetooth connection

3. Close Any Unnecessary Background Programs.

Another potential reason why Cricut Design Space is not loading is that there are many programs running in the background. This normally happens when you are watching Netflix, Skyping with your friends, or uploading your recent vlog to YouTube.

Well, props to you for being able to multitask. But if you really want to run Cricut Design Space, you might want to close the apps and tabs you don’t need. You’ll see how doing so will speed things up!

In addition to closing unnecessary apps and programs, you might want to do the following as well:

  • Clear your browser cache and history.
  • Run a quick scan using Mac repair app to get rid of system junk.
  • Perform a complete malware scan.

4. Update Your Browser and Clear Its Cache.

Your browser could be keeping you from running Cricut Maker Design Space. For the app to work, you have to be running the most recent version of your browser. Whether you are using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, make sure it is updated.

After updating your browser, try clearing its history, cookies, and cache. Next, close the browser and relaunch it from the desktop. Run the Cricut Maker Design Space app again and see if there are still any issues.

5. Call Cricut Maker’s Support Team.

When all else fails, your last resort is to contact Cricut Maker’s support team. Discuss with them your problem and allow them to give you detailed tips on how to resolve it.


We know there are still plenty of problems with Cricut Maker Design Space that remain unaddressed here, but we’re hoping we are able to give feasible solutions to the most common issues. In the meantime, please leave a comment below about your own experience – somebody reading this article might be able to help you.

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Nyemia Gill
1 year ago

I’m adding a new machine to my cricut account. I recently purchased a cricut maker. I’m attempting to set it up and it’s stuck on the screen which says updating! “Let’s get you the latest and greatest features.” is what is says and the loading wheel on my laptop has been spinning for 15 mins or more now. Please help!!!!

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