How to Connect Cricut Joy to Computer: A Complete Guide

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4 min readMar 23, 2024

Hey, have you just got a new Cricut Joy machine? Here’s something important for you! In this blog, I am going to talk about how to connect Cricut Joy to computer. This guide will be crucial to you as every crafter who buys a new Cricut needs to set up their machine. In order to set it up, you need to connect it to your device.

But do you know which method is used to connect the Cricut cutting machine to a compatible device? Well, the short answer is Bluetooth only. Unfortunately, you can’t connect your Cricut Joy with a USB cable as there is no USB port available.

Since we can only connect it via Bluetooth, you have to know different methods to connect this Cricut model on Windows and Mac. Yes, the process of connecting the Cricut machine slightly varies for both types of computers. And I have covered them in detail. Let’s delve into it!

Minimum System Requirements for Using Cricut Design Space

Before I show you how to connect Cricut Joy to computer, you must know the basic requirements. These basic needs are important for your system to run the Cricut Design Space software.

The Cricut Design Space software is a companion app used to create amazing designs, command the machine for various operations, and set up our machine. Below, I have provided the requirements for Windows and Mac. Read them carefully:

For Windows

Operating System

  • Windows 11 and Windows 10 and newer (X64 processors)
  • Microsoft Windows 11 and newer (ARM64 processors)


  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge


  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1.3 GB free drive space
  • 1 GHz Processor

For Mac

Operating System

  • 14.x (Sonoma); 4.21.x​ or later
  • 13.x (Ventura); 4.21.x​ or later
  • 12.x (Monterey); 4.21.x​ or later
  • 11.x (Big Sur); 4.21.x
  • 10.15.x (Catalina); 4.21​.x

Supported Browsers

  • Safari
  • Google Chrome


  • Processor: Intel, Apple Silicon M1, M2, and M3 processors
  • 2GB RAM
  • About 300 MB Hard Drive Space

How to Connect Cricut Joy to Computer?

You might not believe it, but connecting Cricut Joy to computer is a breeze. Before connecting with Joy, you must ensure that your computer meets the basic requirements to run the Cricut app. After that, you can start establishing the connection. Let’s start with a Windows computer first.


  1. Unbox your machine and take out all the accessories and items that come with your machine.
  2. Then, place your Cricut machine at a distance of 10–15 feet away from your computer.
  3. Now, you have to turn it on by plugging it into the power source.
  4. After that, head to the Start menu and select Settings.
  5. Later, you need to click on Devices.
  6. Make sure you have turned on your Bluetooth.
  7. Here, you will need to click on ‘Add Bluetooth or other device’.
  8. Thereon, click on the Bluetooth tab and stay until your PC is searching for your Cricut machine. Once it appears in your list, select it to connect.
  9. Eventually, Bluetooth is paired now.


  1. Power on your Mac using your power cord.
  2. Next, place your machine on a flat surface and keep it 10 to 15 feet away from your Mac.
  3. Then, head to the Apple menu and choose the option System Preferences.
  4. Now, find the Bluetooth option on your Mac
  5. So, verify whether the Bluetooth is ON.
  6. Later, you will need to select your Cricut model from the available list.
  7. Now, you have paired your Cricut machine setup with your Mac computer.

Finally, I have explained how to connect Cricut Joy to computer. Now, you are ready to make anything amazing using your Cricut cutting machine.


Question 1: Can I setup my Cricut Joy on a mobile device?

Answer: Yes, you can easily set up your Cricut Joy on Android and iOS mobile devices. The Cricut cutting machines connect with Bluetooth only, so you will need a smartphone. Compatibility plays a pivotal role in running the Design Space app, which is a must-have app for setup.

Question 2: Do I need software to access Cricut Joy?

Answer: Absolutely, yes! Without software, you will not be able to access Cricut Joy. The software is used to set up and connect your machine to a computer or mobile device. Further, you have to use the software to create beautiful designs and send them to the Cricut machine to cut them. Thus, the software is important for giving commands to Cricut.

Question 3: Can I connect Cricut Joy with a USB cable?

Answer: No, you can’t! Cricut Joy only connects via Bluetooth. Except for the Joy model, all the Cricut machines can be connected via both USB and Bluetooth. Since Cricut Joy doesn’t have a USB port, you will only need to rely on Bluetooth. The pairing is simple and the same as other Cricut machines.

Wrap Up

Since you have learned how to connect Cricut Joy to computer, you must have an idea of the right way to connect your Cricut. Whether you are a novice crafter or a pro, a new Cricut must be connected to your compatible device. However, before connecting the Cricut machine to a computer, you must check the system requirements that I have already provided in his blog above. So, use Cricut Joy to make endless projects in no time.

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